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“Choosing just one Chet Atkins record is tough – he had so many great, innovative albums. I was lucky enough to have known and worked with him and have him for a friend.
“This record, I think, is pretty groundbreaking because it kind of ushered in what some called the ‘Nashville sound,’ with the strings and guitars. Chet started it all in ’57; he had a real vision for where things were gonna go. And, of course, there’s his playing – you have to mention that. The guitar work on this record is second to none.
“Chet changed through the years, and he was always listening to new stuff and trying to get improve. How do you improve when you're on that level, you know? [Laughs] I remember going to his office once in the ‘70s, and he picked up a guitar and said, ‘Hey, check out this new lick.’ He played me something, and as you can imagine, it was amazing. He was always so proud when he came up with a new lick or something a little different.”