Gretsch Guitars' Tribute to Chet Atkins

by DT Admin on in Inspiration

'Hat Tip' to Gretsch Guitars for putting together this great video tribute to Chet Atkins to mark the start of their association sixty years ago. The hour long programme features interviews with Steve Wariner, John Knowles, Duane Eddy, Doyle Dykes and Pat Bergeson and filmed in the famous RCA Studio B studio.

The video got us comparing notes about the first time we discovered Chet Atkins, the first albums we purchased and tracks that we tried to learn (not online tabs or apps, just the sounds of Mr. Guitar pouring out of those vinyl records).

DH: We were driving up the M5 in the dark on our way from visiting relatives. My parents had the radio on and there was a programme dedicated to a guitar player called Chet Atkins. There was an interview with the man himself which was interspersed with some of his recordings. I was totally hooked and oblivious to any other conversation in the car for the rest of the journey home. The following weekend tried to find a Chet Atkins LP in HMV (at the bottom of Northumberland Street at that time). I came away with my first Chet album ‘The Best of Chet Atkins’ compilation (RCA Camden) on 29th December 1980. I played that album over and over during that Christmas holiday trying to learn Trambone, Windy and Warm and Blue Ocean Echo.

Recommended Listening

  • Galloping Guitar (Bear Family Records 4-CD Set)
  • Almost Alone (Columbia)
  • Reflections (with Doc Watson) (Sugar Hill)
  • The Atkins-Travis Travelling Show (with Merle Travis) 
  • Chet Atkins and His Guitar (RCA Camden)
  • The Best of Chet Atkins (RCA Camden)

Jim and Danny's Chet Atkins Playlist

Here's a Spotify playlist of our favourite Chet Atkins tracks: