The Greats never die. That’s the case with Chet Atkins. One of the most accomplished guitarists in popular music.
Although June 30th, 2001 marked the passing of Chester Burton Atkins his style is recognizable even to this day. His influence has not faded and the country music world will always hail him as one of the most prodigious contributors to their art.
As long as Chet still has fans and his style of music is played and recognized by so many, means his legacy lives on. This blog post is about the man and his music and the many he touched with his big heart.
Earning 14 Grammy Awards in his career puts him in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He cannot be displaced by any up comer if they continue to honor his style by incorporating it into their own. No one pretends to be Atkins when they use his sound – it’s all about paying tribute to one of the best.
Rubbing shoulders or musical notes with Atkins are current stars like Miranda Lambert, in her opening riffs on Only Prettier, Clint Black, Willie Nelson, Eddy Arnold, Hank Snow and just about any big name in Country, Jazz or Rock and Roll.
His influence runs deep and wide and this blog post is not just about Chet Atkins, but about the sounds he fostered. Ranked as one of the top guitarists of all time, Atkins is still alive and well in the industry he shaped and loved as a child through to his dying day.
This site takes us behind the scenes of the music world Chet lived in, and about today’s Country Music scene – the good the bad and the ugly. Like any industry, it’s designed to make money, but entertainment seems to reign the day.
Thanks for your readership. I’ll see you on the inside.