Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum To Honor Chet Atkins
July 7, 2011 at 8:39 AM (PT)
The COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM in NASHVILLE will honor CHET AKINS with a biographical exhibit titled “CHET ATKINS: CERTIFIED GUITAR PLAYER.” The exhibit will include a 10-month run in the MUSEUM’s EAST GALLERY beginning FRIDAY, AUGUST 12th.
Opening weekend festivities will feature a panel discussion with RAY STEVENS, STEVE WARINER, and BILLY EDD WHEELER. Illustrations, film footage, recordings from the MUSEUM’s FRIST LIBRARY will be available as well.
“CHET ATKINS was Country music’s ultimate Renaissance man, one of the greatest instrumentalists in AMERICAN music history and a true musical savant,” said Museum Director KYLE YOUNG. “His signature guitar licks shaped recordings by scores of legendary artists, including the EVERLY BROTHERS, ELVIS PRESLEY, and KITTY WELLS, and his playing influenced future rock gods DUANE EDDY, GEORGE HARRISON, MARK KNOPFLER and many more. As a producer, CHET was an architect of the ‘NASHVILLE Sound’; he was also a brilliant record executive who signed and propelled a generation of country artists – including WAYLON JENNINGS, DOLLY PARTON, and CHARLEY PRIDE– to fame. CHET’s guiding hand shaped much of the bedrock of Country music, and we’re honored to tell his story, one we know will resonate with Country fans old and new. "
For a complete listing of the MUSEUM’s programming schedule visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org.