Gibson: Partners with Everly Brothers Family for Limited-Edition ‘Everly Brothers SJ-200’ Acoustic Guitar as Commissioned By the Music Icons, Available Exclusively on EverlyBrothers.com and Gibson.com
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NASHVILLE, TN (June 14, 2022) For 128 years, Gibson has shaped sound across generations and music genres, emerging as the most-relevant, played, and loved guitar brand around the world. Gibson is proud to announce it has teamed with the family of world-renowned music icons Phil and Don Everly, aka The Everly Brothers, to celebrate their lasting musical legacy all month long. Beginning June 14, Gibson will release the limited-edition Everly Brothers SJ-200 acoustic guitar and the Everly Brothers x Gibson capsule apparel collection, on www.everlybrothers.com and www.gibson.com. On Friday, June 17, the new, hotly anticipated 17-track compilation album HEY DOLL BABY, will be released worldwide via Warner Records, pre-order: Here. On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19, 2022, the star-studded virtual concert, “Hey Doll Baby Festival: Celebrating The Lives & Music Of The Everly Brothers” will feature the legendary songs of The Everly Brothers will air in full on Sunday, June 19 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on the official Everly Brothers’ YouTube, Facebook, and Website. Additionally, on June 19, SiriusXM will simulcast the livestream at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on Tom Petty Radio (channel 31).
The “Hey Doll Baby Festival: Celebrating The Lives & Music Of The Everly Brothers” is presented by Gibson and features a superstar line-up, with new and archival performances of classic Everly Brothers songs by Albert Lee, Bob Weir & Chris Robinson, Butch Walker & Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast), Carly Simon & Ben Taylor, Chris Isaak & Nicole Atkins, Dave Stewart & Amy Lee (Evanescence), Graham Nash & Chris Stills, Jakob Dylan, Jimmy Vivino, Lady Blackbird, Lukas Nelson, Mapache, Matt Sweeney, Mike Campbell & Stan Lynch, Paul Simon & Edie Brickell, Sabina Sciubba (Brazilian Girls), Susanna Hoffs & Dan Wilson, Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), The Cactus Blossoms, The Milk Carton Kids, Waddy Wachtel & Steve Postell and more. Plus appearances from Jason Everly (son of Phil Everly) and Adria Petty (daughter of Tom Petty), who curated the HEY DOLL BABY compilation album.
On Saturday, June 18, the night before the Father’s Day virtual concert, Gibson will hold a kick-off celebration with live music, Everly family, friends, and fans at the Gibson Garage—the ultimate guitar experience and music destination–in the heart of downtown Music City, Nashville.
“We are overjoyed with the support from all of our friends across the music industry and incredibly grateful. Adria Petty and the Petty estate in particular, have been the most amazing partners and friends through all this. We would not be here today without Adria Petty and her amazing team. I honestly don’t think my father and my uncle really understood their influence or how many lives their music touched. My father said, back in the very early days, every second or third question from a music reporter was ‘What are you going to do when this Rock and Roll thing is over?’ I think our amazing new record Hey Doll Baby, and our absolutely beautiful recreation of the Everly Brothers Gibson SJ-200 will give fans, both new and old, a chance to cherish and fall in love again with these two amazing souls. Better known to the rest of the world as The Everly Brothers”. –Jason Everly
“Working with The Everly Families and Don Everly on this record has been the thrill of a lifetime. It is an honor to tribute the Brothers who influenced so much important rock and roll music including my father, Tom Petty’s music. He revered them and passed on the joy of listening to their music to me. I am so proud of the compilation and it is incredible to hear the tracks remastered. To see the music community and Gibson tribute them so warmly is a truly uplifting moment. The SJ-200 is a very covetable and gorgeous instrument. Everyone knows pretty much anyone who writes great songs has an SJ-200… or really wants one. And the performances and archival clips included in the virtual concert invite new and old fans to enjoy the artistry of the Everly Brothers.” –Adria Petty
Preferred by famous musicians for decades, Gibson acoustic guitars are known on stages the world over, and in the hands of the most celebrated artists across the globe. Gibson acoustics are cemented in the zeitgeist as the quintessential American acoustic guitar. The Everly Brothers recorded the majority of their hits such as “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “All I Have to Do is Dream,” and others on Gibson J-200’s. This is back when artists recorded in mono and for all intents and purposes, live. If you needed to turn your acoustic guitar down during a certain section of the song, you had to back up from the microphone exactly the right amount when that time came during the song. The same for vocals and all the other instruments. As Phil Everly once said, “Before there was Pro Tools, there were Pros.” And pros used J200’s. Guitar was their choice instrument and the brothers worked closely with Gibson to develop these new Gibson 200s known as “The King of the Flat-Tops” with double pickguards. The SJ, or Super Jumbo body shape, was first designed by Gibson in 1937 and engineered for volume even with a natural touch, and with Phil and Don Everly’s matching Gibson SJ-200 acoustic guitars and their soaring harmonies, music royalty had finally created the perfect fit.
Rare and collectible, these Everly Brothers SJ-200 acoustic guitars are handmade by the expert luthiers and artisans of Gibson Acoustic Custom Shop in Bozeman, Montana and feature the detailed SJ-200 ornamentationand beauty expected from Gibson acoustics. Equipped with a AA flame maple back and sides paired with a thermally aged Sitka spruce top, the guitar is capped with the dual pickguards that The Everly Brothers made famous. The Everly Brothers SJ-200 features a stunning Ebony finish and also hasessential SJ-200 cosmetic appointments including classic mother-of-pearl graduated crown inlays on the rosewood fretboard, as well as a “Moustache” bridge with four bar mother-of-pearl inlays. The bridge saddle, nut and bridge pins are bone, while Gold [email protected] [email protected] tuners ensure solid tuning stability; an SJ-200 hardshell acoustic guitar case is included. An acoustic masterpiece, only 30 of these limited edition Everly Brothers SJ-200 guitars will be available alongside the new Everly Brothers x Gibson capsule apparel collection, via: www.gibson.com and www.everlybrothers.com.
Incomparable rock and roll trailblazers and country rock pioneers, Phil and Don Everly’s timeless harmonies made them one of the first superstar acts in music history, profoundly impacting generations of artists to follow. The Everly Brothers’ hits from late-1950s helped lay the very foundation for rock and roll itself and the albums they made with Warner Bros. Records in the 1960s revealed the depth of their talents as both songwriters and singers. The Everly Brothers’ influence has been credited by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, Gram Parsons, Tom Petty, and Linda Ronstadt as a North Star. The brothers’ influence continues today, Pearl Jam, Cat Power, and Angel Olsen distill their inspiration. The Everly’s timeless songs and vocal arrangements have been covered by a legendary stable of artists including everyone from Ray Charles, The Who, and Reba McEntire. With a sense of notable homage and devotion from powerhouse duos such as Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss as well.
The 17-track compilation newly remastered by Chris Bellman and Bernie Grundman HEY DOLL BABY collects some of the lesser-known, treasures in the Everly Brothers’ rich catalog with songs assembled by Adria Petty, Tom Petty’s daughter, who worked closely with both Everly families on the project, with help from Phil’s widow Patti and his son Jason Everly, who provided track-by-track commentary for the liner notes, as well as Don Everly, prior to his passing last summer, and his widow Adela. HEY DOLL BABY holds the bittersweet distinction of being the final project Don worked on. HEY DOLL BABY will be available on CD ($14.98), 180-gram black vinyl LP ($24.98), and digitally on Friday, June 17, 2022, via Warner Records with pre-ordersavailable now.
Adria Petty says she became a fan of The Everly Brothers through her father. “The Everly Brothers held a special place in his heart because they were the rock ’n’ roll trailblazers he related to the most. Self-made and determined like him. From the time I was around five years old, he passed on his passion for their music and story to me.”
HEY DOLL BABY explores The Everly Brothers’ legacy by not revisiting their greatest hits. Petty says, “This compilation was curated with an eye towards celebrating the deeper rockabilly tracks and some great covers, with a small emphasis on hits. Whether you are new to The Everly Brothers or are among the diehard fans, this is sequenced for a great listening experience. Put this record on and get transported to another time and place. It will leave you feeling better.”
HEY DOLL BABY delivers on that promise with the swinging rockabilly of “Baby What You Want Me To Do” and the pure pop bliss of “Made To Love,” along with choice covers of Johnny Cash’s “I Walk The Line” and Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene.” The collection features four of the Everly’soriginal Cadence recordings including the title track and the Top 10 hits “(’Til) I Kissed You” (#4), “When Will I Be Loved” (#7), and “Devoted To You” (#10). The set also includes the #1 smash, “Cathy’s Clown,” which was the Everly Brothers’ first-ever Warner Bros. single in 1960, and the best-selling song of their 54-year career.