BRIAN SETZER UK TOUR

 After 43 years of honing his craft, Brian is releasing his first all-instrumental album showcasing what has made him one of the most legendary and credible artist in music today. He is universally respected by his peers and some are even calling him the greatest living guitar player today. We stand behind their claims with Setzer Goes Instru- Mental!   Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL! is another elegant affirmation of Setzer¹s legacy and a beautiful betrayal of what we tend to expect from guitar records. Betrayal? Ok, look let¹s admit something. Even people who buy guitar records made by guys who make guitar records for people who buy guitar records know that guitar records are often not all that much fun when you boil them down. Usually there¹s a certain quota of ³see, I can do this² fretboard pyrotechnics, a few ³exercise in getting a certain guitar tone² kinds of exotic moves and then the inevitably boring retread of some song snatched from a different genre. As a guitarist, Setzer has basically nothing whatsoever to prove, so Instru-MENTAL! skips all of those games. Instead, it¹s a richly lyrical spin through songs where Setzer (as usual) makes complex guitar figures sound organic with a delivery that¹s alarmingly effortless. If anything, its instrumental-ness was something that revealed itself along the way. ³I didn¹t start writing an instrumental record per se,² Setzer says. ³As a matter of fact I wrote 7 songs with lyrics and then all of a sudden I just took a turn and started fooling around with ŒBlue Moon of Kentucky,¹ except without any vocals. I just started playing melody chords and thought, Œwow, this is pretty cool! So the direction turned about halfway through my writing. I had never done an instrumental record, but I thought, well, now¹s the time!²   The result is a record that feels like a Sunday afternoon with one of the world¹s best players of any given instrument fumbling around the living room, picking up a dazzling vintage ¹63 D¹Angelico acoustic guitar, a Scruggs banjo or a signature Gretsch and with a quick knot of knuckle-work chiming out one gorgeous piece after another. There are charming covers in ³Blue Moon of Kentucky² and ³Cherokee² alongside ripping originals like ³Go-Go Godzilla.²  As always, it¹s the kind of stuff that he can hurtle outward as far as the room allows ­ music that¹s equally at home in the low fog of a smoky jazz club, the chandelier pomp of a big city ball-room or the crisp zing of a festival night sky air. It¹s music made with real love by a guy who just can¹t help but grab a guitar.   Taken as a whole, Instru-MENTAL! is a kind of a hot quickie Cliff Notes on the thing that is the Brian Setzer canon. There¹s jazz without pretension, country without cowshit, swing without poses, an infusion of blues that is deeply honest and the most classic form of rock n¹ roll that in Brian¹s hands feels as fresh and vital as the day those other genres slopped it into being. Some of Setzer¹s secret is his inherent understanding of the deep soul-level link between Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Joe Strummer, Jimmy Page, Cliff Gallup, Son House, Chet Atkins, Elvis Perkins, Elvis Costello, Charlie Christian, Les Paul, Johnny Marr and Johnny Rotten. Some of Setzer¹s magic is the fact that he¹s the guitar-toting lightning rod who soaked all that in and shoots it back at us in dazzling bolts that carry his own unique signature in every note. He¹s Brian Setzer, he plays a mean hot crazy pretty guitar, and that, thank God, will never change.     UK Tour Dates:   July 24 @ London, UK - London Brixton Academy  July 25 @ Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy  July 27 @ Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street     
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