I have been playing Gretsch guitars since the mid 1980's. I saw my first Gretsch in the hands of George Harrison of the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. Other notable Gretsch artists were Eddie Cochran (Summertime Blues) Chet Atkins, and more recently, Brian Setzer.
I used to be in a swing blues/rockabilly band called The Edsels. Here I am at the infamous "Cantina Del Cabo" club.
I opened a club show in Nashville that was headlined by these two gentlemen. LeRoy Parnell and Rodney Crowell. These two guys are awesome songwriters and players.
Here I am with fellow Gretsch artist John Sebastian. He was a founding member and main songwriter of The Lovin' Spoonful. He wrote songs like "Summer in the City", "Do you believe in magic", "Daydream", "You didn't have to be so nice", "Did you ever have to make up your mind?", "Darling be home soon", and many others.
Here I am with my guitar friend Tom "TV Jones". I use Tom's pickups in ALL my guitars. They are made from the highest quality American parts. Tom has an incredible ear for tone. Anything he designs just sounds "right".
Here I am at a Nashville NAMM show with the great Gretsch artist and instrumentalist Duane Eddy.
Here I am with the man himself, Fred Gretsch.
I have two very musical daughters. Chiara on the left plays violin, piano, guitar and also sings. Liliana on the right plays trumpet in the Experience and also in other bands like "The Heavyweight Champs" and "Indigo Elephant".
Elvis and The Experience was on "Good Day Sacramento" on Elvis' Birthday and Cody Stark came out as "Elvis In Velvet". Cody is bigger than life!
When I was a kid, I used to go see Loggins & Messina in concert. Little did I know that someday I would get to meet Jim Messina and talk guitars with him. Here he is playing my Gretsch 6120 with custom TV Jones T-Armond pickups. He really liked the tone. It was great to hear him play my guitar!
While at NAMM, I ran into Adrian Belew, guitarist and songwriter for King Crimson. He's an incredible musician and a nice guy!