Chester Burton Atkins, known as "Mr. Guitar" and "The Country Gentleman", was an American musician, occasional vocalist, songwriter, and record producer who, along with Owen Bradley, Bob Ferguson and 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'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.
|Birth name:||Chester Burton Atkins|
|Born:||June 20, 1924, Luttrell, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Died:||June 30, 2001, Nashville, Tennessee|
|Genres:||Country, country rock, rock, folk, rockabilly|
|Occupation(s):||Musician, songwriter, producer|
|Instruments:||Guitar, violin, vocals, banjo, ukulele|
|Labels:||RCA Victor, Columbia|
|Associated acts:||The Country All-Stars, Arthur Fiedler, Les Paul, Jerry Reed, Hank Snow, Merle Travis, The Carter Sisters, Mark Knopfler, Jim Carney|
|Website:||Chet Atkins's Official site|
|IMDb:||Chet Atkins's IMDb|
|iTunes:||Chet Atkins's iTunes|
About Chet Atkins
Guitarist, vocalist, and record producer who recorded with many different performing artists, from Elvis to
He traded an old pistol and did some chores for a guitar when he was nine. He began playing seriously when he was in high school.
He received fourteen Grammy Awards for his distinctive Nashville guitar sound.
He married Leona Johnson on July 3, 1946 and they had one child together.
He once produced records for Eddy Arnold.
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