Chester Burton Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001), known as “Mr. Guitar” and “The Country Gentleman”, was an American musician who, along with Owen Bradley and Bob Ferguson, helped create the Nashville sound, the country music style which expanded its appeal to adult pop music fans. He was primarily a guitarist, but he also played the mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and ukulele, and occasionally sang.
Atkins’s 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 abroad. 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, Roger Whittaker, and many others.
Rolling Stone credited Atkins with inventing the “popwise ‘Nashville sound’ that rescued country music from a commercial slump” and ranked him number 21 on their list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. Among many other 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. George Harrison was also inspired by Chet Atkins; early Beatles songs such as “All My Loving” show the influence.
More of That Guitar Country is the twenty-seventh studio album by US country musician Chet Atkins. It is a follow-up to his Guitar Country release and was more successful. His rendition of “Yakety Sax” by Boots Randolph earned Atkins a hit on the country singles charts. A mix of traditional fingerpicking, country-flavored pop and traditional country, the album peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Country charts.
More of That Guitar Country and “Yakety Axe” were nominated for four 1965 Grammy awards but did not win any. (wikipedia)
The followup album to Guitar Country, More of That Guitar Country spawned a bigger hit than anything on its predecessor — or anything in Chet Atkins’ long career for that matter. That tune was “Yakety Axe” — a retitled cover of Boots Randolph’s “Yakety Sax,” which itself was inspired by the Coasters’ “Yakety Yak” — a rapid-fire, barnyard-flavored tune that rose to number four on the country singles charts of 1965. As it happens, this was a deceptively flamboyant leadoff track for one of Atkins’ least-cluttered, mostly reined-in, and most musical albums of the mid-’60s, searching for good material wherever he can find it, even outside the cloistered world of Nashville. With a subdued intro as a temporary decoy, “Old Joe Clark” gets exactly the kind of fingerpicking, fingerbusting performance fans expect from this guitarist. The Johnny Cash hit “Understand Your Man” gets a neat, genteel, two-beat rendition that reminds one of its close resemblance to Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” — and Dylan himself is represented by an early (for Nashville) countrified cover of “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Jerry Smith (piano) and Charlie McCoy (harmonica) are among the session regulars who keep the Nashville music machine running smoothly behind Atkins. (by Richard S. Ginell)
Chet Atkins (guitar)
Charlie McCoy (harmonica)
Jerry Smith (piano)
An EP from France:
01. Yakety Axe (Randolph/Rich) 2.07
02. Back Up And Push (Traditional) 2.15
03. Cloudy And Cool (Loudermilk) 2.21
04. Alone And Forsaken (Williams) 2.43
05. Old Joe Clark (Traditional) 2.10
06. Catch The Wind (Leitch) 2.05
07. How’s The World Treating You (Atkins/Bryant) 2.42
08. Understand Your Man (Cash) 2.04
09. Letter Edged in Black (Traditional) 2.08
10. My Town (Atkins) 2.23
11. Blowin’ In The Wind (Dylan) 2.26
12. The Last Letter (Griffin) 2.25
13. Travelin´ (Miller) 2.20
A single from Germany:
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