Chet Atkins Similar Artists

Merle Travis - 73% match to Chet Atkins

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Merle Robert Travis, 29 November 1917, Rosewood, Kentucky, USA, d. 20 October 1983, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA. Travis was the son of a tobacco farmer but by the time he was four years old, the family had moved to Ebenezer, Kentucky, and his father was working down the mines. Travis’ father often remarked, ‘Another day older and deeper in debt’, a phrase his son Read more

Tommy Emmanuel - 63% match to Chet Atkins

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Music Videos & Concerts World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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31 May 1955, Muswellbrook, New South Wales, Australia. Emmanuel began playing guitar while still a small child, inspired in part through hearing a Chet Atkins record on radio. He played in the family band from the age of six, touring Australia. Gradually developing a formidable technique, he played in many styles, including jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, but focused on co Read more

Jerry Reed - 43% match to Chet Atkins

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jerry Hubbard, 20 March 1937, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Reed has had three distinct careers: as a respected country guitarist, as a composer and singer of clever pop country hits, and as a genial, jokey television personality and film actor.A cotton-mill worker, Reed was one of many youths brought up on country music who played rockabilly in the mid-50s. Read more

Les Paul - 41% match to Chet Atkins

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Jazz Music Theme Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lester Williams Polfus, 9 June 1915, Wankesha, Wisconsin, USA. Paul began playing guitar and other instruments while still a child. In the early 30s he broadcast on the radio and in 1936 was leading his own trio. In the late 30s and early 40s he worked in New York, where he was featured on Fred Waring’s radio show. He made records accompanying singers such as Bing Crosb Read more

Hank Snow - 26% match to Chet Atkins

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Clarence Eugene Snow, 9 May 1914, Brooklyn, near Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada, d. 20 December 1999, Madison, Tennessee, USA. After his parents divorced when he was eight years old, Snow spent four unhappy years with his grandmother, finally running away to rejoin his mother when she remarried. However, he was cruelly mistreated by his stepfather, which prompted him to absc Read more

Michael Hedges - 22% match to Chet Atkins

Genres: Folk Holiday & Seasonal Instrumental New Age
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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31 December 1958, California, USA, d. 30 November 1997, Mendocino County, USA. This American guitarist, singer and composer moved from a highly individual instrumental style to a growing acclaim as a singer and composer, cut short by his death in a car accident. Hedges grew up in Enid, Oklahoma and began playing the piano at the age of four. At high school he played cello an Read more

The Ventures - 22% match to Chet Atkins

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This pivotal instrumental group was formed in Tacoma, Washington, USA, in 1958 when work mates Don Wilson (10 February 1937, USA; rhythm guitar) and Bob Bogle (b. 16 January 1937, USA; lead guitar) discovered a mutual interest in music. They began performing together as the Impacts, using a pick-up rhythm section, before Nokie Edwards (b. Nole Edwards, 9 May 1935, Lahoma, Ok Read more

Doc Watson - 21% match to Chet Atkins

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arthel L. Watson, 3 March 1923, Stony Fork, near Deep Gap, Watauga County, North Carolina, USA. One of nine children in a farming family, Watson grew up in a musical environment; his mother, Annie, had a vast knowledge of folk songs and his father, General Dixon, played banjo and led his family in nightly hymn singing. He contracted a serious eye defect as a baby and was bli Read more

Jim Reeves - 21% match to Chet Atkins

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Travis Reeves, 20 August 1923, Galloway, Texas, USA, d. 31 July 1964, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. (Reeves’ plaque in the Country Music Hall Of Fame mistakenly gives his date of birth as 1924). Reeves’ father died when he was 10 months old and his mother was left to raise nine children on the family farm. Although only aged five, Reeves was entranced when a bro Read more

Leo Kottke - 21% match to Chet Atkins

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 September 1945, Athens, Georgia, USA. This inventive guitarist drew inspiration from the country-blues style of Mississippi John Hurt, and having taken up the instrument as an adolescent, joined several aspiring mid-60s groups. Induction into the US Navy interrupted his progress, but the artist was discharged following an accident that permanently damaged his hearing. Kot Read more

The Notting Hillbillies - 21% match to Chet Atkins

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1990s
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On 31 May 1986, Mark Knopfler (12 August 1949, Glasgow, Scotland) played a low-key gig at the Grove pub in Holbeck, Leeds, with old friends Steve Phillips (b. Nicholas Stephen Phillips, 18 February 1948, London, England) and Brendan Croker (b. 15 August 1953, Bradford, Yorkshire, England). They were billed as the Notting Hillbillies and each received the princely sum of &pou Read more

Marty Robbins - 19% match to Chet Atkins

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Martin David Robinson 26 September 1925, near Glendale, Arizona, USA, d. 8 December 1982, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Robbins later maintained that his father hated him and that his early childhood was unhappy. Reports indicate that John Robinson (originally a Polish immigrant named Mazinski) suffered from a drink problem that led to him abusing his family before eventually l Read more

Bert Kaempfert - 18% match to Chet Atkins

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz
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Merle Haggard - 18% match to Chet Atkins

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 April 1937, Bakersfield, California, USA. ‘Like a razor’s edge, Merle Haggard sings’ is how John Stewart described his voice in ‘Eighteen Wheels’, and that razor has been honed by his rough and rowdy ways. In the 30s Haggard’s parents migrated from the Dustbowl to ‘the land of milk and honey’, California. Life, however, was almost a Read more

Joe Pass - 17% match to Chet Atkins

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joseph Anthony Jacobi Passalaqua, 13 January 1929, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, d. 23 May 1994, Los Angeles, California, USA. In his mid- and late teens guitarist Pass worked with a number of name bands, including those led by Tony Pastor and Charlie Barnet. From the early 50s until the beginning of the following decade, Pass dwelt in self-imposed obscurity playing when a Read more


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