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Today: Chet Atkins passed away in 2001 – 11 year ago

From Wikipedia:

Chester Burton “Chet” Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an American guitarist and record producer who, along with Owen Bradley, created the smoother country music style known as the Nashville sound, which expanded country’s appeal to adult pop music fans as well.

From Allmusic:

Without Chet Atkins, country music may never have crossed over into the pop charts in the ’50s and ’60s. Although he is an exceptionally talented guitarist with hundreds of solo records to his credit, 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 tonk.
— Stephen Thomas Erlewine 

Industry awards

Country Music Association

  • 1967 Instrumentalist of the Year
  • 1968 Instrumentalist of the Year
  • 1969 Instrumentalist of the Year
  • 1981 Instrumentalist of the Year
  • 1982 Instrumentalist of the Year
  • 1983 Instrumentalist of the Year
  • 1984 Instrumentalist of the Year
  • 1985 Instrumentalist of the Year
  • 1988 Instrumentalist of the Year

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

  • Inducted in 1973

Grammy Awards

  • 1971 Best Country Instrumental Performance with Jerry Reed – Me and Jerry
  • 1972 Best Country Instrumental Performance – “Snowbird”
  • 1975 Best Country Instrumental Performance with Merle Travis – The Atkins-Travis Traveling Show
  • 1976 Best Country Instrumental Performance – “The Entertainer”
  • 1977 Best Country Instrumental Performance with Les Paul – Chester and Lester
  • 1982 Best Country Instrumental Performance – Country After All These Years
  • 1986 Best Country Instrumental Performance with Mark Knopfler – “Cosmic Square Dance”
  • 1991 Best Country Instrumental Performance with Mark Knopfler – “So Soft, Your Goodbye”
  • 1991 Best Country Vocal Collaboration with Mark Knopfler – “Poor Boy Blues”
  • 1993 Best Country Instrumental Performance with Jerry Reed – Sneakin’ Around
  • 1993 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award’
  • 1994 Best Country Instrumental Performance with Asleep at the WheelEldon ShamblinJohnny GimbleMarty Stuart, Reuben “Lucky Oceans” Gosfield & Vince Gill – “Red Wing”
  • 1995 Best Country Instrumental Performance – “Young Thing”
  • 1997 Best Country Instrumental Performance – “Jam Man”

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

  • Posthumously inducted in 2002

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Today: Bobby Bare Jr. is 46

From Wikipedia:

Bobby Bare, Jr. (born June 28, 1966) is an American musician who has recorded several solo albums, along with two albums with his band, Bare, Jr.

From Allmusic:

Nominated for a Grammy at age five for doing a duo with his renowned country music dad, Bobby Bare, Jr., also managed to sing on the Ryman Auditorium stage on its closing night. Although his dad is remembered for contemporary country songs like “500 Miles Away from Home” and “Houston,” Bare, Jr. took off in a different direction, reflected in the name of his CD Young Criminals’ Starvation League, released in 2002 by Bloodshot. While the CD picks up the flavor of early-’70s classic country with Nashville soul, it also testifies to an angry and sad type of humor. An oddball combination of post-punk and psychedelic melancholy, the CD reflects Bare, Jr.’s skill and depth as a musical artist who doesn’t have to slouch in his father’s shadow.

During the late ’90s, Bare, Jr. put together his own indie rock band, appropriately called Bare Jr., with Keith Brogdon (drums), Tracy Hackney (dulcimer, harmonies), and Dean Tomasek (bass). The band put out two CDs, Boo-Tay and Brainwasher, that twist the classic Nashville sounds in a joyous, delightful, devious, self-loathing way. In August 2003, Bare, Jr. performed at Bumbershoot 2003 in Seattle, and in October 2003, Bloodshot released OK – I’m Sorry… for Bare, Jr. as an individual, not as a band.

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