Chet Atkins

Chet Atkins

American guitarist (1924–2001)
One of the most influential guitarists of the 20th century, as well as a legendary musician and producer within country music.
BornJune 20, 1924
HometownLuttrell, Tennessee, United States
Height6'0" (1.83m)
SpouseLeona Johnson (m 1946 - 2001)
ChildrenMerle Atkins Russell
Profile

Photos

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Videos

Max Milligan: Play Atkins

Max Milligan, Guitar Institute (London) Instructor and Senior Examiner for Registry of Guitar Tutors (London College of Music), shows tips and techniques that make up the distinct playing style one of the founders of the Nashville sound, Chet Atkins. From basic tuning to advanced licks and riffs, Max shows the learners all they need to know to play like Atkins.

MOVIES & TV SHOWS

Big Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story
Big Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story
2h
1995

Albums

RCA Years, 1947-1981
RCA Years, 1947-1981
1992
Sneakin' Around
Sneakin' Around
1991
Neck and Neck
Neck and Neck
1990
Down Home
Down Home
1962
Live in Nashville
Live in Nashville
2011
Live in Nashville [Video]
Live in Nashville [Video]
2010
Essential Chet Atkins [RCA]
Essential Chet Atkins [RCA]
2007
Best of Chet Atkins [Paradiso]
Best of Chet Atkins [Paradiso]
2003
Pickin' the Hits
Pickin' the Hits
1997
Me and My Guitar/The First Nashville Guitar Quartet
Me and My Guitar/The First Nashville Guitar Quartet
1997
Read My Licks
Read My Licks
1994
Simpatico
Simpatico
1994
Collection
Collection
1993
Galloping Guitar: The Early Years
Galloping Guitar: The Early Years
1993
Best of Chet Atkins
Best of Chet Atkins
1992
American Salute
American Salute
1991
Masters of the Guitar: Together
Masters of the Guitar: Together
1989
Picks on the Hits [Pair]
Picks on the Hits [Pair]
1988
C.G.P.
C.G.P.
1988
Guitar for All Seasons
Guitar for All Seasons
1988
Pickin' on Country [Pair]
Pickin' on Country [Pair]
1988
Sails
Sails
1987
Street Dreams
Street Dreams
1986
Stay Tuned
Stay Tuned
1985
Tennessee Guitar Man
Tennessee Guitar Man
1984
Work It Out With Chet Atkins C.G.P.
Work It Out With Chet Atkins C.G.P.
1983