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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to Open Chet Atkins Exhibit


Opening Festivities to Include Panel Discussion, Curator’s Exhibit Talk, Film Screenings and More

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will pay tribute to one of country music’s most versatile and visionary artists, Chet Atkins, with Chet Atkins:  Certified Guitar Player, a biographical exhibit opening Friday, August 12, 2011, for a 10-month run in the Museum’s East Gallery.  The exhibition, which is made possible through the generous support of the Gretsch Company with additional support provided by Great American Country Television Network, will run through June 11, 2012.

Opening weekend festivities will include an exhibit introduction and talk by a Museum curator; a panel discussion featuring Ray Stevens, Steve Wariner and Billy Edd Wheeler and illustrated with photos, film footage and recordings from the Museum’s Frist Library and Archive; a film screening and more.  

The exhibit will be accompanied by a richly detailed, lavishly illustrated, 96-page companion book, also titled Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player. Published by the Museum’s Country Music Foundation Press, the volume will include essays by noted Atkins authorities Walter Carter (on Chet and his guitars), Michael Cochran (on Chet’s life and career), Rich Kienzle (on Chet’s development and prowess as a guitarist) and Museum Senior Historian John Rumble (on Chet’s work as a producer and record label executive). Also included are tributes to Chet from Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, and Steve Wariner, recipients of Chet’s honorary C.G.P. designation; from Mark Pritcher, president of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society; and from Fred W. Gretsch, president of the Gretsch Company.  The book will be available in the Museum Store and at


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Portugal. The Man’s Van & Gear Stolen After Lolla Performance


Portugal. The Man had to have been riding high after absolutely enticing the crowd at the Sony stage at Lollapalooza on Sunday night. Unfortunately, the thrill soon came to a halt once the Portland-based band discovered that their van and trailer packed with gear was stolen from an attended parking lot near Chicago’s Grant Park.

The vehicle, pictured above, is a red Ford, 15 passenger 350 van with a black trailer attached. It has Alaska license plates FJH244.

The stolen gear included a Fender ’81 Precision Special, a Fender Sonoran Acoustic, a Gretsch White Falcon, a Gretsch ’66 Viking, a ’59 Guild, Fender and Ampeg amps, an Epiphone banjo, a Gibson acoustic and dozens of pedals. If anyone knows any information regarding this incident, please comment below and let us know how to reach you.

Some of the gear can be viewed below in the video from their Lollapalooza set.

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Watch Two Door Cinema Club Perform at Lollapalooza


Watch below as Two Door Cinema Club perform “Something Good Can Work” at the 2011 Lollapalooza.

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