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Brian Setzer Quotes
Brian Setzer Quotes
"A lot of people put all that stuff on a pedestal, and they won't touch it. But I don't think that's the reason they did that. I think they played that stuff out of pure joy." "All the guys that I wanted to use lived in Nashville. I really wanted to use all the old gear with the tubes, microphones, old guitar and amplifiers. Even the bass had gut strings, and the drums had calfskin heads." "As a genre, rockabilly's post-Elvis profile has seldom been lower in the United States. Many labels that produced fresh bass-slappin' sides during the '90's are now out of business." "Bill Black only played on the A and the D strings. He never used the bottom E or the low G-always in the middle there." "Don't be afraid to take liberties with this music. Try and put some of yourself into it." "Elvis is not so difficult as Johnny Cash because his voice is so distinctive. If you try to copy Johnny Cash, it's just going to sound dumb." "For every rockabilly festival staged here, there are 10 held overseas." "George Harrison... I'll tell you, he was really a rockabilly Cat! I mean, he really was! He loved it. Carl Perkins, Eddie, Gene Vincent, that was the stuff he really liked. He was very dry, very British. It's such a shame he's gone." "I basically sat down for a month, with all the Sun stuff I could find and just picked out my favorites. I didn't think that they were indicative of '54 to '57, although I tried to stay within that period." "I can't tell you how many people have asked me to show them Stray Cat Strut and that little diminished run on the C. I guess my brain is wired backwards. I don't know what possessed me to do that, but I did." "I didn't know I was going to be part of the swing revival. I just wound up on that wave. It was something I've always wanted to try and all of a sudden these bands were popping up-Royal Crown Revue, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. I was lumped in with that." "I didn't want to take the guitar solos down note-for-note, but more or less use them as a map, and keep all the hooks from the guitar playing, and let myself come through." "I mean, what 16-year-old is going to listen to Doc Watson?" "I put a metronome up to all the songs, and I tried to really keep it true to the original tempos." "I thought it would be cool to take flat-picking and put it in overdrive. I thought it would bend the ear." "I wanted to go back to Sun. Unfortunately, most of the gear is gone from Sun. The way I take it now, it's almost like a tourist destination. So, it would have been pretty difficult to have brought all the gear into Sun to make it like it was in the '50's." "I'm beginning to get the impression that I'll always be able to make a living! As a musician, you're always scampering... always hoping that you'll be able to keep working." "I'm not God's gift to rockabilly. There's great players out there, and some of them deserve a lot more than they've gotten." "I've reached a point in my life where they just want me to write things I want to write, and they don't bother me!" "It is hard to play Blue Suede Shoes. I know everyone has heard it 10 million times, and that makes it even harder to play it, but there's a very laid back tempo on that. I was surprised at how slow it really was." "It's not about how loud you turn the amp up. That's not what makes it sound big. What makes it sound big is fooling around with different delays and reverb settings." "It's really funny, I think to myself... I've got my same guitar and amp, it's just a bigger room now! Some things don't change." "Mark Winchester has left the band. He's decided that he's tired of the road and just wants to concentrate on his career in Nashville. I don't blame him at all. He'll certainly be missed." "McCartney! Haven't met him and haven't played with him. I would LOVE to. He needs to make a kick-ass rockabilly record." "My D'Angelico is a jazz archtop guitar. That guitar was made for Glenn Miller's guitar player in 1939. It's a '39 D'Angelico New Yorker." "Normally, you go into the recording studio, make a record and then take it on the road and you think... wow... I could have done THIS to it, or something." "People out there maybe know who Junior Parker is and some of those Sun Records blues guys." "Since the big band started I'm just always swamped with movies and things. It certainly pays the bills and it's very satisfying, because I get to write all these big charts and all this crazy music." "The biggest challenge for me was Get Rhythm. I don't know why." "The jazz chord substitutions in a country song... that was another thing that bent people's ears. I guess that my favorites are the unique ones. It's not how fast you play. It's that unique blending of different stuff I'm most proud of." "The new material is rockabilly... maybe a little darker side of rockabilly this time... some bluesy sounding stuff, almost pre-rockabilly." "The songwriting has never really stepped forward from the '50's." "They always want me for soundtracks and TV commercials. I just did something for Miller Beer. I'm really lucky." "They wanted me to ACT! I told them, no, no, no... I don't act!" "Those drum parts were so integral to that original rockabilly. People don't play that anymore. A lot of those original drum fills were kept." "To keep creating something with this type of music, you have to take it out of the box." "Veteran performers are dying off, and new acts simply aren't emerging on the national scene." "We had a little punk edge to us-we were full of piss and vinegar." "We weren't afraid to mix some crazy styles into the standard rockabilly look. We also took a lot of different musical influences that were part of that era." "With the Stray Cats at least, we really took the music somewhere else. First, we wrote our own songs. That's a real weak point in modern classics if you do rockabilly or blues." "You had to pick something like Blue Suede Shoes because it's the flagship of the Sun label, but then I wanted to dig down and find something like Rakin' and Scrapin'." "Young people do love this music. It's timeless. But, where are they going to hear it?"