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Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Celebrates Annual Convention

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That Great Gretsch Sound, via Chet “style” finger pickin’, echoed throughout the ballrooms, hallways and lobby at the beautiful Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., from July 13-16, 2011 during the 27th Annual “CAAS” (Chet Atkins Appreciation Society) convention.

Folks from around the globe once again gathered to pay homage to Chester Burton Atkins (B: June 20, 1924 – D: June 30, 2001), better known as Chet Atkins for the celebrated annual event. Gretsch Guitars and local Gretsch dealer, Broadway Sound (Knoxville, Tenn.), had a magnificent display honoring Atkins with his signature model Gretsch guitars, rare vintage photos & memorabilia. The Gretsch Company president Fred Gretsch was also on hand to meet & greet attendees.

In recognition of a special exhibit honoring Atkins at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville from August 11, 2011 thru June 2012, Gretsch unveiled the G6122-1959 “Chet Atkins HALL OF FAME Country Gentleman” guitar at this year’s CAAS event.

Check out the videos below from the event, including performances and a few words from Gretsch product specialist Joe Carducci and Fred Gretsch …

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2 Responses to Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Celebrates Annual Convention

  1. Bill Puckett says:

    I am a long time fan of Chet (Mr. Guitar) Atkins. Chet was the innovator, everybody learned fron Chet. Thanks for the memories, Chet. A beautiful person with a beautiful Gretsch guitar, what more could you ak for.

    • Clive Richardson says:

      I attended both the 2010 and 2011 CAAS conventions, and thoroughly enjoyed both. As I live in UK, its a long and somewhat fractios journey getting to nashville, nut well worth it in terms of the friends I made, and the experiences gained. The Gretsch/Broadway Sound displays were without doubt the nearest thing to heaven I am ever likely to experience, in this life or the next, and special thanks go to Joe Carducci of Gretsch for all his patience and bon-homie towards myself and eberyone else that visited the stands. I have persuaded the memsahib to give me an exeat to attend the 2012 event…so hpope to renew friendships and make some new acquaintances then.

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