Brian Setzer is a Gretsch-toting guitar god who breathed new life into rockabilly with fresh picking approaches and Bigsby swagger

Brian Setzer plays a Gretsch Chet Atkins onstage in Chicago, 1983
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Brian Setzer revitalised the rockabilly scene with his band The Stray Cats in the early 1980s, during the time he was living in the UK. After the initial success of the band and his various solo projects, Setzer had a fantastic second wind with his Brian Setzer Orchestra which adds jazz and swing influences to the rockabilly core.

A jazz enthusiast from an early age, Setzer blends Charlie Christian-tinged inflections into his lines and shows a sophisticated way of navigating the chord changes. This approach is not that surprising for a rockabilly player, but the more complex music that his band plays really brings this aspect of Brian’s playing to the fore.

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