Brian Setzer

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Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy-award-winner, is a “Musician’s Musician” credited with

continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two

forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the ‘80’s and swing in the ’90’s). Along the way, he has scored chart-

topping hits, sold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award

throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 18-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra,

and as a solo artist. He is consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and has a best-

selling, extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. Brian appeared in the 1987

film, La Bamba, portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran. In 2002, Brian earned the privilege of being one

of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of “The Simpsons,” alongside Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

and Tom Petty. That same year, Setzer was personally requested to induct Chet Atkins into the 17th Annual

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2014, SETZER received the distinct honor of being asked by the Smithsonian

Museum in Washington, D.C. to donate a replica of his original 1959 Gretsch 6120 “Stray Cat” guitar, joining

an elite collection of musical instruments at the museum including Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet and John

Coltrane’s saxophone.

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