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Top 10 Essential Vintage Rockabilly Guitar Solos

This past January (during the 2017 Winter NAMM Show), I walked out of the Observatory—a concert venue in Santa Ana, California—and took an Uber to my hotel in Anaheim. As soon as we left the curb, the driver—a young guitar-playing greaser with plenty of tattoos—asked me about the show I'd just seen."It was rockabilly," I said. "Jeff Beck and Darrel Higham played a bunch of Gene Vincent songs at... …

Eddie Van Halen, David Gilmour and Les Paul Play "Blue Suede Shoes" with Stray Cats

On August 18, 1988, a horde of name-brand musicians got together to celebrate the life and music of guitar great Les Paul, who was 73 at the time.The show that was filmed that night was eventually released on a now-sought-after VHS tape called Les Paul & Friends: He Changed the Music: LIVE at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.In short (in contrast to the tape's ridiculously not-short... …

Brian Setzer: How to Shred Like a Rockabilly Master

Rockabilly swinger Brian Setzer turned 58 earlier this week (April 10), and the gang over at Reverb.com have posted three new lesson videos in his honor.In the new clips, Joe from Reverb grabs an attractive Gretsch 6120 and breaks down three representative (but not overplayed) Setzer riffs and/or solos:• "Hillbilly Jazz Meltdown" riff (from 2011's Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL!)• "Hot Rod Girl"... …

Brian Setzer Jams on a 1941 Gibson L-5

Here’s a cool video we just discovered. Late last year, Brian Setzer visited Carter Vintage Guitars in Nashville and jammed out a sweet version of the standard “Sweet Lorraine” on this 1941 Gibson L-5.According to the Carter Vintage Guitars site, this L-5 was formerly owned by legendary Nashville musician Hank Garland and more recently by producer/guitarist Steve Buckingham: “Garland performed... …

Three Essential Rockabilly Guitar Licks

I decided to grab my rapidly aging black Levi's shirt, my awesome new Levy's guitar strap and my Gibson Music City Jr. with B-Bender and show you three essential rockabilly licks.Bear in mind, I could've chosen three other "essential" rockabilly licks, but these seemed like nice ones to start with. Hey, there's always next month.I'm really sorry for the lack of tabs, but, well, there's not... …

Brian Setzer Demos and Discusses Gretsch Guitars — Video

In this new video, created and posted in time for this year's Winter NAMM Show, longtime Gretsch signature artist Brian Setzer plays and discusses Gretsch guitars. He also describes his love affair with the brand and how guitarists like George Harrison and Eddie Cochran exposed him to Gretsch in his formative years. For more about Gretsch's Setzer models, visit gretschguitars.com. …

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