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Album Review

Released a year after Me & Jerry, Me & Chet is decidedly more produced than its predecessor — there are traces of strings and wah-wah guitars, modern rhythms bubbling underneath the surface — but the pleasures remain the same. It's still a gas to hear Reed and Atkins trade off licks, to intertwine their lines so smoothly it'd be hard to tell where one began and one ended, if they weren't separated into their own speakers (Jerry on the left, Chet on the right). Me & Chet doesn't rely on pop hits the way Me & Jerry does — "Mystery Train" and "I Saw the Light" are the two big hits here, sitting next to Liszt's "Liebestraum," Cindy Walker's "Flying South," and a fair number of copyrights by Jerry, along with Chet's "Nashtown Ville" — so the focus is almost entirely on the picking, which remains a pure pleasure to hear.

Biography

Born: June 20, 1924 in Luttrell, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Without Chet Atkins, country music may never have crossed over into the pop charts in the '50s and '60s. Although he recorded hundreds of solo records, Atkins' largest influence came as a session musician and a record producer. During the '50s and '60s, he helped create the Nashville sound, a style of country music that owed nearly as much to pop as it did to honky tonks. And as a guitarist, he was without parallel. Atkins' style grew out of his admiration for Merle Travis, expanding Travis' signature...
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