Concert: Earl Klugh
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June 30, 2012 - Grammy-winning guitarist Earl Klugh performs solo in tribute to his hero, Chet Atkins, in the closing weeks of the special exhibition Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player. Renowned for his sweet tone and his mastery of the acoustic guitar, Klugh ranks as one of the world’s finest guitarists. He was barely a teen in Detroit when he was awestruck by seeing Atkins play guitar on television. “Chet’s playing cast a long shadow on my whole life,” Klugh said of his late friend. After meeting in the late 1970s, Klugh and Atkins collaborated frequently. “Earl can wail with the best,” Atkins told Guitar Player magazine, “but he prefers to touch people emotionally. He reaches your heart with that romantic special something.” Closing July15, Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player is made possible through the generous support of the Gretsch Company.