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Legendary Guitarist Paul Yandell Dies At 76

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Legendary guitarist Paul Yandell, known for his longtime rhythm role alongside Chet Atkins, passed away Monday morning in Hendersonville, Tenn., following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Yandell was Atkins’ right-hand man for over 25 years, but he has also played on records from Dolly Parton, George Straight, Perry Como, Steve Wariner, Mary Chapin Carpenter and the Everly Brothers.

The Kentucky native moved to Nashville in 1955 and began recording as a professional with the Louvin Brothers.

Following a stint in the Army, Yandell recorded primarily with Kitty Wells and Johnnie Wright, spent a year with George Hamilton IV, and then began an incredible run with Atkins in 1975 that lasted until Atkins’ death in 2001.

“Nobody was closer to [Atkins] than Paul,” Atkins’ daughter, Merle Atkins Russell, told The Tennessean.  ”He was literally a lifelong friend, his right-hand man and a very dear friend off the stage.”

Yandell recorded five solo albums and most recently appeared on Wariner’s latest record, Guitar Laboratory, which was released earlier this year.

After Atkins’ death, Yandell became the prime source of information on Atkins’ techniques and equipment, even working with Gretsch to create guitars with Atkins’ favorite specs.

In the video below, Yandell and Wariner perform for the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society in 2010:

Yandell’s official website will post details about the arrangements when they are available.

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Wariner to Perform on ‘A Prairie Home Companion’

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Gretsch player and country-music star Steve Wariner is slated to appear on the famed radio broadcast A Prairie Home Companion this weekend.

The program can be heard on local National Public Radio stations live from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 22.

Wariner, who has charted 14 No. 1 hits – such as “Some Fools Never Learn,” “Small Town Girl” and “I Should Be With You” – will be featured in the APH episode along with acoustic duo Storyhill and Academy Award-nominated actor John Lithgow.

Held at the St. Paul, Minn., Fitzgerald Theater, the radio show is the only live music and variety show that is currently aired nationwide.

Wariner won the Country Music Association’s Single and Song of the Year awards for his #1 hit, “Holes in the Floor of Heaven.”  As s songwriter, he penned the #1 songs “Longneck Bottle” by Garth Brooks and “Where The Blacktop Ends” by Clint Black.

He has four GRAMMY Awards including a Best Country Instrumental GRAMMY in 2010 for his tribute to Chet Atkins.

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Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Hosts Reception for New Chet Atkins Exhibit

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Photos by Donn Jones Photography

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated the grand opening of the Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player exhibit on Wednesday night with a private reception. Approximately 200 guests, including Fred Gretsch, Atkins’ daughter Merle Russell, Duane Eddy and James Burton, were warmly greeted by museum director Kyle Young.

“Chet was always a supportive friend of this institution,” he said. “He was also one of country music’s ultimate renaissance men, one of the greatest instrumentalists in American music history, and a true musical savant. We are truly honored to tell his story, one we know will resonate with country fans old and new.”

The evening included memorable musical performances by award-winning thumbpicker Ben Hall and world-class guitar-slinger Steve Wariner, who received official “C.G.P.” status even from Atkins in 1997.

Gretsch Company president Fred Gretsch also addressed the crowd, sharing details of Atkins’ history with their guitar company. Gretsch also brought onstage Atkins’ teary-eyed friend, Paul Yandell.

At the conclusion of the program, guests were invited to take an exclusive advance tour of the Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player exhibition which officially opens to the public on Friday, August 12.

The Gretsch Company joins the Great American Country Television Network as proud supporters of the new exhibit, which is scheduled to run through June 11, 2012. The exhibition will be accompanied by an ongoing series of programs throughout its duration.

For details on this grand opening weekend events, click here.

Australian guitar legend, Troy Cassar-Daley enjoys the exhibit. Photos/Donn Jones Photography

Fred Gretsch and Kyle Young. Photos/Donn Jones Photography

Steve Wariner, Earl Klugh, Reggie Young, Duane Eddy, James Burton, Scotty Moore, Paul Yandell, Ben Hall and Mark Pritcher. Photos/Donn Jones Photography

Paul Yandell and Duane Eddy. Photos/Donn Jones Photography

Steve Wariner. Photos/Donn Jones Photography

Ben Hall performs. Photos/Donn Jones Photography

Fred & Dinah Gretsch. Photos/Donn Jones Photography

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