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The Gretsch Sound: A Guitar Pull with Emmanuel, Pennington, Robinson, and Striking Matches

Jul 16, 2016

This musical celebration will send off the exhibition American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection, closing July 17, 2016. The Gretsch Guitar Company was founded in 1883 and brought to prominence in the 1950s and 1960s through the influence of players like Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, and George Harrison, who praised the guitars’ sound and brilliant visual style. The Bachman-Gretsch Collection features rare guitars from the early 1930s to the 1980s amassed by Canadian guitarist and songwriter Randy Bachman, a key member of rock bands the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Through this casual musical performance, master players will discuss the unique features of Gretsch design and demonstrate their individual musical styles with their own instruments. Tommy Emmanuel is regarded as one of the world’s leading fingerstyle guitarists, and is a two-time Grammy nominee, and one of only five guitarists named Certified Guitar Player (CGP) by Chet Atkins. Kentucky native Eddie Pennington, a perpetuator of the “Muhlenberg Sound” of Merle Travis, is a recipient of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship and a member of the National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame. Virtuoso guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Robinson is an Australian Guitar Magazine award winner and a winner of Australia’s Got Talent. Striking Matches, the songwriting, guitar-wielding, alternative-country duo of Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmerman, has been featured on the ABC series Nashville,and their debut album, Nothing but the Silence, was produced by T Bone Burnett. 

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