Now that the holiday season is officially in the home stretch, the staff at the NGM is going to provide you with guitar gift ideas over the next few days. First up is “Merry Axemas,” a collection of great holiday songs performed by guitarists as varied as Steve Vai, Jeff Beck, Joe Perry, Brian Setzer, Steve Morse, and a host of others. Pure December joy. Find it athttp://bit.ly/6Y4ij0
Brian Setzer was born on April 10th, 1959, making him 53 today. Setzer first gained notoriety for his true-to-the-original style of rockabilly as performed by his band “The Stray Cats”. In 1980, while other guitarists were looking for ways to fit into New Wave or were testing their shred chops, Setzer played stripped-down guitar a la Eddie Cochran and Scotty Moore.
Going on a 30-year career, Setzer has managed to maintain a singular identity in the guitar universe with his unique approach to “vintage” musical styles, an approach that very few others have attempted. Brian continues to play with the Orchestra and is part of frequent reunions with The Stray Cats. Here’s a live version of Brian doing the “Batman” theme. Happy birthday, Mr. Setzer.