Chet Atkins

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Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an American musician, occasional vocalist, songwriter, and record producer, who along with Owen Bradley and Bob Ferguson, among others, created the country music style that came to be known as the Nashville sound, which expanded country music's appeal to adult pop music fans. He was primarily known as a guitarist. He also played the mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and ukulele.

Atkins' signature picking style was inspired by Merle Travis. Other major guitar influences were Django Reinhardt, George Barnes, Les Paul, and, later, Jerry Reed. His distinctive picking style and musicianship brought him admirers inside and outside the country scene, both in the United States and internationally. Atkins spent most of his career at RCA Victor and produced records for the Browns, Hank Snow, Porter Wagoner, Norma Jean, Dolly Parton, Dottie West, Perry Como, Floyd Cramer, Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Eddy Arnold, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves, Jerry Reed, Skeeter Davis, Waylon Jennings, and many others.

Among many honors, Atkins received 14 Grammy Awards and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received nine Country Music Association awards for Instrumentalist of the Year. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Early Years, 1945 - 1954, Volume 4 Chet Atkins 1
The Master and His Music Chet Atkins 1
The Masters Chet Atkins 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Live in Nashville Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed & Suzy Bogguss 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Poor Boy Blues Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Galloping Guitar: The Early Years, 1945-1954 Chet Atkins 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 The Essential Chet Atkins Chet Atkins 1
Screenplaying Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler 1

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