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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville previewed a new exhibit, Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, at a special industry reception Wednesday (Aug. 10).
The exhibit pays tribute to the legendary guitarist, producer and record executive with rare photos, archival video footage, displays of Chet’s signature guitars and a host of other items and artifacts.
Hall of Fame director Kyle Young gave a brief opening speech citing Chet’s influence on such future stars as the late former Beatle George Harrison, Dire Straits' lead guitarist Mark Knopfler and Steve Wariner. Steve, one of Chet’s protégés, performed a number on acoustic guitar in honor of his mentor. The preview drew a large crowd of media, industry executives and artists, including Suzy Bogguss, who often performed with Chet, Lynn Anderson and Jim Ed Brown.
Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player opens to the public at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Friday, Aug. 12, and runs through June 11, 2012.