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Chet Atkins & Tommy Emmanuel

Without Chet Atkins, country music may never have crossed over into the pop charts in the '50s and '60s. Although he recorded hundreds of solo records, Atkins' largest influence came as a session musician and a record producer. During the '50s and '60s, he helped create the Nashville sound, a style of country music that owed nearly as much to pop as it did to honky tonks.

And as a guitarist, he was without parallel. Atkins' style grew out of his admiration for Merle Travis, expanding Travis' signature syncopated thumb and fingers roll into new territory. Interestingly, Atkins didn't begin his musical career by playing guitar. On the recommendation of his older brother, Lowell, he began playing the fiddle at a child. However, Chet was still attracted to the guitar, and at the age of nine he traded a pistol for a guitar. Atkins learned his instrument rapidly, becoming an accomplished player by the time he left high school in 1941. Using a variety of contacts, he wound up performing on the Bill Carlisle Show on WNOX in Knoxville, TN, as well as becoming part of the Dixie Swingers. Atkins worked with Homer & Jethro while he was at the radio station. After three years, he moved to a radio station in Cincinnati.

Supporting Red Foley, Atkins made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry in 1946. That same year, he made his first records, recording for Bullet. Atkins also began making regular performances on the WRVA radio station in Richmond, VA, but he was repeatedly fired because his musical arrangements differed from the expectations of the station's executives. He eventually moved to Springfield, MO, working for the KWTO station. A tape of one of Atkins' performances was sent to RCA Victor's office in Chicago. Eventually, it worked its way to Steve Sholes, the head of country music at RCA. Sholes had heard Atkins previously, and had been trying to find him for several years. By the time Sholes heard the tape, Atkins had moved to Denver, and was playing with Shorty Thompson & His Rangers. Upon receiving the call from RCA, he moved to Nashville to record.

Once he arrived in Nashville, Atkins recorded eight tracks for the label, five of which featured the guitarist singing. Impressed by his playing, Sholes made Atkins the studio guitarist for all of the RCA studio's Nashville sessions in 1949. The following year, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters hired him as a regular on the Grand Ole Opry, making his place in Nashville's musical community secure. While he worked for RCA, he played on many hit records and helped fashion the Nashville sound. RCA appreciated his work and made him a consultant to the company's Nashville division in 1953. That year, the label began to issue a number of instrumental albums that showcased Atkins' considerable talents. Two years later, he scored his first hit with a version of "Mr. Sandman"; it was followed by "Silver Bell," a duet with Hank Snow. By the late '50s, Atkins was known throughout the music industry as a first-rate player. Not only did his records sell well, he designed guitars for Gibson and Gretsch; the popularity of these models continues to the present day.

Sholes left for New York in 1957 to act as head of pop A&R, leaving Atkins as the manager of RCA's Nashville division. However, the guitarist didn't abandon performing, and throughout the early '60s his star continued to rise. He played the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960; in 1961, he performed at the White House. Atkins had his first Top Five hit in 1965 with a reworking of Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax," retitled "Yakety Axe"; in addition to being a sizable country hit, the song crossed over to the pop charts. Atkins' role behind the scenes was thriving as well. He produced hits for the majority of RCA's Nashville acts, including Elvis Presley and Eddy Arnold, and discovered a wealth of talent, including Don Gibson, Waylon Jennings, Floyd Cramer, Charley Pride, Bobby Bare, and Connie Smith. Because of his consistent track record, Atkins was promoted to vice president of RCA's country division when Sholes died in 1968.

The following year, Atkins had his last major hit single, "Country Gentleman." In the late '60s and early '70s, several minor hits followed, but only one song, "Prissy" (1968), made it into the Top 40. Instead, the guitarist's major musical contribution in the early part of the '70s was with Homer & Jethro. Under the name the Nashville String Band, the trio released five albums between 1970 and 1972. Following Homer's death, Atkins continued to work with Jethro.

Atkins continued to record for RCA throughout the '70s, although he was creatively stifled by the label by the end of the decade. The guitarist wanted to record a jazz album, but he was met with resistance by the label. In 1982, he left the label and signed with Columbia, releasing his first album for the label, Work It Out With Chet Atkins, in 1983. During his time at Columbia, Atkins departed from his traditional country roots, demonstrating that he was a bold and tasteful jazz guitarist as well. He did return to country on occasion, particularly on duet albums with Mark Knopfler and Jerry Reed, but by and large, Atkins' Columbia records demonstrated a more adventurous guitarist than was previously captured on his RCA albums.

Sadly, Atkins was diagnosed with cancer, and in 1997 doctors removed a tumor from his brain. In his last months, the cancer had made Atkins inactive, and he finally lost the battle on June 30, 2001, at his home in Nashville. Throughout his career, Chet Atkins earned numerous awards, including 11 Grammy awards and nine CMA Instrumentalist of the Year honors, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from NARAS. Although his award list is impressive, it only begins to convey his contribution to country music. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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great good feeling music
We always knew Chet Atkins was great but you've got to put Tommy Emmanuel in there too.He is fantastic
sigm2
In the late 60's, Chet teamed up with Boots Randolph and Floyd Cramer for concert tours I think it was called Festival of theStars. The three of them put on a great show.
Just search for him under new station. He is from Australia. He is in there. They are really good. They go together very well. Where do the violin come from and other instruments in the first part of this track.
Tommy & Chet - as good as it gets...
Why isn't Tommy a similar artist? I already have Chet Atkins Radio.
Pandora: Why doesn't the bio for Chet Atkins & Tommy Emmanuel mention Tommy Emmanuel at all? Come on!
ndbruce3591
I love chet
Simply one of a kind. He broke the mold. The God of the Guitar, Chet Atkins. The likes of him and his brilliance may never be seen again. I bet he's entertaining God in heaven right now.
I am a piano player and always marvelled at Chet's cords and his exactness of interpretati o n . I went to his live concert in the 80s in Dallas and he told a wonderful story that I hope I can write here. He was exausted from tour and a friend was taking a yatch of people out for a few day and ask Chet to go. Chet refused at first needing rest but the friend said he could change his name even. After a couple of days rest, Chet went on deck and a older gentlemen was playing and Chet ask him if h
The most versatile guitarist ever. My Dad loved listening to him and we have all his vinyl albums. He had such a talent for phrasing and turning a simple tune into a masterpiece.
k4trz2
loved merle travis too how he got that sound with just a thumb and one finger beats hell out of me
walkingman71 7
.... going to see Tommy Emanuel in a couple of months. Can't wait. He's the most entertaining guitarist ever - truly phenomenal. Chet named only three guitarists Certified Guitar Players Jerry Reed, John Knowles and Tommy Emanuel.
Chet is right up there with only a hand-full of guitar players that have defined the instrument. I mean guys like Les Paul, Django, Charlie Christian, Segovia - you get the drift.
jmp256
My Dad loved Chet Atkins. I lost my Dad earlier this year -- what a nice remembrance that I would hear him today on Pandora.
Chet Atkins is one of my absolute favorite guitar players. When I was growing up, my dad had a couple of his albums and I listened to them until they were worn out. Thanx, Pandora, for sharing "the Chet".
...oh, almost forgot, and Tommy Emmanuel, he's pretty good too!
One of the greatest guitarists of all time and my favorite Country picker for sure.
117736448
There are many good and some very good guitar players. No one was as versatile and creative as Mr. Atkins. Doubtful there will ever be another person such as him. Like Mr. Ali, Mr. Jordan, Mr. Shakespeare, Elinor Roosevelt, Ayn Rand, and Ms. Ronstadt -- all were/are magical.
montsparky
Dig a little deaper in the well boys NEVER STOP
mwalker456
One of the all time greats, as long as he didn't try to sing!
one of my all time favorite artists, its easy listening and attention catching. Thank you runarelda
churchchurch
never met 'im,but i miss 'im

Patricia: you are so right. No one surpasses Chet - he has always been the best, from country to classical. Many thanks for your kind notes. You understand The Master. Blessings on you. ~Bob in Tucson, AZ
navyangelmom 1
Of all of the guitar players that have ever been, I truly believe that Chet Atkins was the very best! His style is easily recognizable , and surpassed by none! Thanks for all of the wonderful arrangements , Chet! I'm sure God is enjoying your picking now!

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