For many, Chet Atkins defined guitar playing in country music. He began as a shy, sickly youngster in eastern Tennessee, listening to the likes of country great Merle Travis and French gypsy jazz master Django Reinhardt and rose to the top of the music world. His work as guitarist, producer, guitarist, music executive, and oh yes did I mention guitarist earned him one of the earliest inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame (in 1973, when he was just 49) in history -- and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has opened an exhibit dedicated to Chet Atkins. Titled "Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Picker," the exhibit includes a detailed replica of Chet's famous workshop in the basement of his home, many guitars (including the first one he ever owned), and Chet's famous guitar instruction book (which was advertised in countless country music magazines in the 1950s).
The exhibit, sponsored by Gretsch Guitars, will run through June, 2012.
|The poster for the new Chet Atkins exhibit|
Courtesy of Gretsch Guitars