Steve Wariner plans Chet Atkins tribute disc
Monday, March 30, 2009
– Steve Wariner is working on a Chet Atkins tribute disc. Wariner is putting the finishing touches on the disc with plans to release it this summer.
Wariner self-produced the music, which will be on his own SelecTone label. The music is a combination of some songs that Atkins recorded and originals that are inspired by Atkins' style.
Wariner's last disc was "This Real Life," also on SelecTone in 2005.
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After an eight-year hiatus, master guitarist, consummate singer and songwriter Steve Wariner releases his first non-instrumental album. In 2009, Wariner paid tribute to his mentor, Chet Atkins, with the hot-picking instrumental album "Steve Wariner, c.g.p., My Tribute to Chet Atkins," and he followed it two years later with another album of instrumentals, "Guitar Laboratory." On this new album, the four-time Grammy winner comes out with guitars blazing and baritone booming, ...
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