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As a young man, legendary guitarist and music producer Chet Atkins found a way out of poverty when he picked up his first guitar and began to play. With exceptional talent and determination, Atkins eventually landed in Nashville where he was considered a pioneering force behind what would become known as "The Nashville Sound." Though a performer in his own right, it was Atkins ear for music and hit songs that made him a highly sought-after producer. He became instrumental in crafting the careers of such stars as Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, The Everly Brothers, Waylon Jennings and Charley Pride.
Revered by guitarists worldwide and loved by fans, Atkins was a guitar virtuoso whose musical influences spread beyond country and embraced pop and jazz. He leaves behind a body of work that will be remembered for its distinct flavor and Atkins ability to make it all look so easy.
Featured in this documentary
Eddy Arnold Randy Bachman (The Guess Who) Bobby Bare George Benson Suzy Bogguss Bill Carlisle (The Carlisles) The Carter Family June Carter Cash Tommy Emmanuel Don Everly (The Everly Brothers) John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival) Peter Frampton Vince Gill Amy Grant Steve Howe (Yes) Waylon Jennings Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) Willie Nelson Dolly Parton Les Paul Charley Pride