Man oh man, what a great pick for today. Chet Atkins was the greatest guitar picker as far as I'm concerned. I love how he could bring the guitar sound to life and he made it look so easy, what a great talented man. What a great talent. I really love his music.Thanks, Hugs, Julia
Bill said, "It is even more amazing when you take into consideration that he was self-taught! Chet set a high standard for anyone who wants to play guitar. Thanks, Julia!"
My Dad still has lots of Chet's tunes on his play list!
Bill said, "His recordings from fifty years ago are still relevant today."
What more can I say? Chet was the best. I like his version of "Vincent" more than Don McLean's.
Bill said, "Don McLean wrote a very good song. Chet's ability to play with such deep feeling made it so the words were not necessary."
If you get a chance, listen to John Knowles. He was a good friend of Chet's (Chet made him a CGP). I heard him a few years ago, and when he plays, you can feel the lyrics that aren't there.
Chet was a brilliant player. He once said something to the effect that if you do it that way in the next verse, people think you meant it!
Bill said, "I agree. He has done several versions of Vincent. He never played by a script; he was free form in his creativity."
I can't believe I never heard of him.
Bill said, "Chet was a silent giant in Nashville. He had 88 studio albums, three live albums, 53 compilation albums with other artists, and 113 singles. He was not good at promoting himself. But, if it wasn't for Chet, we may have never heard of stars like Willie Nelson, Elvis, Waylon, and Everly Brothers, to name just a few. He produced their early albums and was directly responsible for much of the studio guitar work."
I remember my parents had a couple Chet Atkins albums. He certainly played "Vincent" well.
Bill said, "My dad introduced me to Hank Williams' Sr's music. My brother pointed out that Chet Atkins was involved with Hank's productions, and some of the subtle guitar work behind it. I had to learn how to do that!"