New CHET ATKINS interview to appear in January FINGERSTYLE GUITAR
Thursday December 2, 1999
Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine will feature a new article on Chet in its
first issue of the year 2000.
The story will be written by Nashville-based Bill Piburn, a guitarist
and arranger who has authored transcriptions of fingerstyle music for several
printed books published by Mel Bay Publications. Bill has recently released his first
solo CD on the Jazz Heritage
"I realized going in that Chet has been asked so many question over the
years and I really wanted to get some new insights from him. I tried
extra hard not to ask the obvious expected interview questions," said
Bill Piburn, "I think what you'll see in the interview is a man whose
musical knowledge and scope of influence transcended the guitar. We
spent a good amount of time talking about musicians other than
guitarists that have influenced Chet - folks you wouldn't normally think
of, like violinist Jascha Heifitz and jazz pianist Art Tatum."
Photographer Brenda McClaren was brought in to take photos of Chet for
the story, and the pictures include a photo of Chet behind his desk with
his Del Vecchio guitar.
The January 2000 issue is scheduled to be on newstands and in bookstores by late December.
- Tom Redmond