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Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Celebrates Annual Convention


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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