I'd been a Chet fan since the early sixties when, at the age of nine, my Dad
brought home a copy of "Down Home".
We played it on our homemade stereo and it had an instant effect on me with
it's syncopated melody lines and thumping bass.
It wasn't until nine years later that I actually started playing the guitar
and I needn't tell you who I wanted to sound like.
Imagine my feelings when I actually got to meet my hero in July 1994 the day
before his one-off concert here in Bristol, England.
He was on a visit to a local record store to do an impromtu concert during
the lunchtime. Word got around and I took an extra long lunchbreak from work.
Having heard Chet play and and having been thrilled by the experience, I
queued up with many other local fans to meet Chet and have him autograph my
I could only tell him "If it wasn't for you I don't know what I'd be doing
musically". He thanked me modestly and signed my tape.
I went back to work that afternoon a very happy man clutching my souvenir
Needless to say, the following night's concert was a huge success, a great
tribute to a great guitarist and a great man.
- Andy Newman (Bristol, England)