Chet Atkins was inspired by the complex fingerstyle guitar playing of Merle Travis called "thumbpicking." This guitar style has been developed, passed down, preserved, and expanded by generations of players around Travis's birthplace in Kentucky. Award-winning Muhlenburg County-area guitarists Joe Hudson, Paul Mosely, Eddie Pennington, and Freddie Russell will perform. Presented in support of the exhibit Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, made possible by the Gretsch Company.event details
June 30, 2012
Grammy-winning, Atlanta-based guitarist Earl Klugh saluted his friend and musical hero Chet Atkins during a program held Saturday, June 30, 2012, in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford Theater. A master of acoustic guitar and fingerstyle technique, Klugh invited fellow Atkins acolytes Ben Hall, John Knowles, Bill Piburn, Mark Pritcher, and Steve Wariner to join him in various musical combinations throughout the concert.
June 16, 2012
Guitarist Jimmy Capps can testify to the importance of word-of-mouth recommendations For example, he recalled when veteran Music Row guitarist Ray Edenton wanted to go fishing one day in 1971, the established musician suggested to a producer that he hire the younger Capps in his place. The session, for singer Freddie Hart, included the recording of Hart's biggest career hit, the #1 "Easy Loving," featuring Capps on rhythm guitar. Hart insisted Capps play on his next recording session and the one after that.
June 9, 2012
Steve Wariner honored his mentor, Chet Atkins, in a program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum highlighting Wariner's musical and personal connections to the late Country Music Hall of Fame member.
Poets and Prophets
May 26, 2012
Mark D. Sanders can pinpoint the moment he evolved from an acoustic singer-songwriter focused on downcast, personal works into a Nashville hit-maker known for up-tempo toe-tappers and uplifting anthems.
Artist in Residence
May 10, 2012
Kenny Rogers illustrated the vastness of his catalog of well-known hits by presenting a markedly different set of songs for the second of two consecutive nights of concerts at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Artist in Residence
May 9, 2012
Kenny Rogers set aside his usual concert agenda to reflect on a career of more than fifty years of music-making in the first of two special performances in the 213-seat Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
May 5, 2012
Seven accomplished guitarists, all deeply influenced by the late Jerry Reed, took turns paying tribute to the Georgia-born picker in a program held Saturday, May 5, in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford Theater. Reed, who died in 2008, would have been seventy-five on March 20 this year. John Knowles-like Reed a Chet Atkins-designated cgp (certified guitar player)-opened the concert, which was hosted by guitarist and Reed devotee Richard Smith. A jacket and guitar that belonged to Reed were placed stage left, in Reed's honor. "Some of the best times in my life were spent learning a new Jerry Reed tune," Knowles told the capacity audience.
My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers: A Conversation with Merle Haggard, Norm Hamlet, Don Markham, and Fuzzy Owen
April 12, 2012
Merle Haggard, at age twelve, attended a Maddox Brothers & Rose concert with his older brother Lowell. During the show, Haggard fixated on Roy Nichols, a young guitarist who coaxed a distinct, piercing sound from his Fender Telecaster guitar, the likes of which Haggard previously had never heard.
April 10, 2012
Keith Urban kicked off his annual Nashville benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum by saying, "Third time's a charm, right?" More than three hours later, after a stunning parade of performers-ranging from Hall of Fame members to contemporary stars to hot newcomers-a rowdy sold-out crowd enthusiastically agreed.