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Andy Babiuk Dishes on Gretsch and Chet Atkins

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The Bachman-Gretsch Collection exhibit is going strong at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame, featuring 75 rare and historic Gretsch guitars.

The instruments are among more than 300 Gretsch guitars purchased by Canadian guitarist and songwriter Randy Bachman, a key member of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive.  His collection was purchased in 2008 by the Gretsch Foundation, the charitable arm of the Gretsch Family.

In this clip below, musician, artist, and guitar expert Andy Babiuk and CMHOF museum curator Mick Buck discuss the history between Gretsch and the legendary Chet Atkins, while taking a look at some of the guitars in the exhibit inspired by Atkins.

Enjoy below, and find out more details about the exhibit here!

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Country Music Hall of Fame Salutes Duane Eddy

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As part of its Nashville Cats series and to also coincide with the American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection exhibition, the Country Music Hall of Fame recently paid tribute to legendary Gretsch artist Duane Eddy with a special event at its museum.

With his 1958 hit “Rebel Rouser,” Eddy became the first solo instrumental hero of rock and roll.

“Duane Eddy was the front guy, the first rock & roll guitar god,” said John Fogerty,  who credits Eddy as a chief influence.

A member of both the Musicians Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Eddy was born in Corning, New York, and then moved to Phoenix in his early teens. With help from producer Lee Hazlewood, he developed a signature guitar style, full of twang and bluster, and he recorded hit singles including “Cannonball,” “Forty Miles of Bad Road,” “Because They’re Young,” and “(Dance with the) Guitar Man.”

Eddy also embraced country and jazz influences, and collaborated with titans including Willie Nelson, George Harrison, Waylon Jennings, Chet Atkins, Paul McCartney, and Phil Everly.

His low-toned, tremulous twang is echoed in hit songs by others, including Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” and Steve Earle’s “Guitar Town.”

The program, held on Saturday, Feb. 13, included photos, video and audio samples of Eddy’s work, as well as a performance by the King of Twang. In case you missed the live stream, the archived version is now available for your enjoyment below.

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Country Music H.O.F. To Hold Chet Atkins Programs In March

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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will present two special programs next month in support of the exhibition Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player.

On March 3, The Life and Times of Chet Atkins by Dr. Richard Hood will be presented in the museum’s Ford Theater.  Hood, an Atkins scholar and finger-style guitarist himself, will trace Atkins’ life from his rural childhood to his career as a legendary guitarist and producer. Ben Hall and Eddie Pennington, both winners of the National Thumbpicking Championship, will perform selections from the Atkins catalog. Pennington will also present a thumbpick guitar demonstration on March 4.

Then on March 17, the museum will host Chet Atkins at Studio B, a panel discussion featuring some of Atkins’ closest associates.  RCA crossover artists Bobby Bare (“Detroit City”) and Jim Ed Brown (“The Three Bells”), background singer Delores Dinning Edgin, studio guitarist Ray Edenton, and hit songwriter John D. Loudermilk (“Abilene”) will share stories of their work with Atkins, providing insights into what made him one of country music’s most successful producers of all time. The program will be streamed live on the Country Music Hall of Fame’s official website.

Following the panel discussion, Hall will present The House That Chet Built: A Chet Atkins Tour of Historic RCA Studio B. This unique guided tour will show how Atkins worked in his longtime recording home, logging many hours as a musician and a producer and cutting records that helped define the classic Nashville sound.

For tickets and more information, click here.

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Country Music Hall Of Fame To Hold Chet Atkins Concert Screening

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This Sunday at 2 p.m., the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville will screen a legendary concert film featuring Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed from 1992.

Taped at the Bottom Line, the duo scheduled the show after putting out a Grammy Award-winning album titled Sneakin’ Around.

The two finger-style guitar giants banter on stage and play such tunes as “Waltz for the Lonely,” “Vincent,” “Three Little Words.”

Fellow guitarists Pat Bergeson and Paul Yandell also contribute to the concert.

The screening is being held as part of the Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player exhibit.

For more information, visit the exhibit’s website, and view part of the Atkins and Reed show below:

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