BRIAN SETZER Names Top Five Songs That Served As His Influences As He Gears Up For February And March 2024 Dates

Article Contributed by SRO | Published on Tuesday, January 30, 2024

As BRIAN SETZER gears up to hit the road this spring, the iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, and three-time Grammy Award-winner talked about the five essential songs that served as his inspiration.

Here are BRIAN SETZER’s essential five songs that he listens to before shows.

Elvis Presley, “Mystery Train”

“The song that first got me is ‘Mystery Train’ by Elvis Presley. And when I heard that guitar, a hand came out of the jukebox and said ‘you're going to play this music!’”

Sammy Masters, “Pink Cadillac”

“I dare anybody to even try and find this song. It's by a guy named Sammy Masters. This is some of the finest guitar playing I've ever heard in any genre. The guitar player's name was Jimmy Bryant.”

Bobby Helms, “Tennessee Rock 'N' Roll”

“Give me some of that ‘Tennessee Rock ‘N’ Roll.’ How good is this song? And check out the guitar on this one, and the vocal.”

The Clash, “I Fought The Law”

“So in 1979, to be honest with you, music had gotten a bit stale for me. And when this band came out, and I heard this song, I thought ‘Wow! This is what I want.’”

Merle Travis, “Blue Smoke”

“There's a guitar player named Merle Travis. And he was a little bit before Chet Atkins and he invented this style of guitar playing. So for me, this is definitive in my style of playing.”

SETZER’s 2024 dates mark his first live shows in four years and follow a busy and successful 2023 with his critically acclaimed THE DEVIL ALWAYS COLLECTS album (released in September 2023). The tour kicks off February 24 in California and includes stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Austin and more before wrapping March 10 in Nebraska (see full itinerary below). Head to for additional information.

BRIAN SETZER’s 2024 tour dates are as follows:





Lincoln, CA

Thunder Valley Casino Resort


Oakland, CA

Fox Theater


Los Angeles, CA

The Wiltern


Phoenix, AZ

Celebrity Theatre


Temecula, CA

Pechanga Resort Casino


Las Vegas, NV

The Pearl


Tucson, AZ

Fox Tucson Theatre


Austin, TX

Paramount Theatre


San Antonio, TX

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts


Dallas, TX

The Majestic Theatre


Salina, KS

The Stiefel Theatre


La Vista, NE

The Astro Theater