International Guitar Month: Day 3 Brian Setzer

My all time favorite guitarist is Brian Setzer. I love the style of music he performs and he is an excellent, excellent, excellent musician! His guitars are absolutely awesome.

Here is a shortened version of the Brian Setzer beginnings and where he is now.

brian_sBrian Robert Setzer (born April 10, 1959) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. He first found widespread success in the early 1980s with the 1950s-style rockabilly revival group Stray Cats, and revitalized his career in the late 1990s with his Swing revival band, The Brian Setzer Orchestra.

Setzer was born in Massapequa, New York. Beginning in January 1979, he fronted the rockabilly band The Tomcats before transforming them into the later successful Stray Cats.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra (sometimes known by its initials BSO) is a swing and jump blues band formed in 1990 by Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer. The group covered Louis Prima’s “Jump Jive an’ Wail”, which appeared on Prima’s 1957 album The Wildest!. The BSO’s follow up single was “Gettin’ In the Mood.”

In 1990, Setzer organized the orchestra, styled as a big band which included full sections of trumpet, trombone and saxophone players, and a rhythm section with Setzer on guitar and vocals, plus piano, string bass and drums. The orchestra began playing clubs in and around Los Angeles, USA and was eventually signed to Hollywood Records.

My favorite BSO tunes:

“This Cat’s on a Hot Tin Roof”
“The Dirty Boogie”
“This Old House”
“Let’s Live It Up”
“Sleepwalk” (instrumental)
“Jump, Jive an’ Wail”
“You’re the Boss”
“Rock This Town”
“Switchblade 327”
“Nosey Joe”
“Dig That Crazy Christmas” Album

Jump, Jive and Wail

Brian now has his own signature guitars with Gretsch.

Here is Brian demoing his Green Sparkle Gretsch

That is one cool lookin’ and hot sounding guitar!

Currently Brian can be seen in concert

George Thorogood & The Destroyers / Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot Tour 2015!
Click here to learn more about his tour dates.


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