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Happy Heavenly 100th Birthday Today To Chet Atkins—His Music and Legacy Are Celebrated on WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE—A Musicians’ Tribute To Chet Atkins

DATE: JUNE 20, 2024

HAPPY HEAVENLY 100TH BIRTHDAY TODAY TO CHET ATKINS,
THE 14X GRAMMY AWARD WINNER, GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT RECIPIENT, AND A ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME AND COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
HIS MUSIC AND LEGACY ARE CELEBRATED ON THE ACCLAIMED
MULTI-ARTIST ALBUM OUT NOW:
‘WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE’
A MUSICIANS’ TRIBUTE TO
CHET ATKINS ON MORNINGSTAR MUSIC PRODUCTIONS

“THE MAKING OF A MUSICIANS’ TRIBUTE TO CHET ATKINS AND HIS LEGACY REMEMBERED” DOCUMENTARY (AN OPRY ENTERTAINMENT GROUP PRODUCTION)
IS CURRENTLY AIRING EXCLUSIVELY ON CMT
AND AVAILABLE ON DVD

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“Salutes to Chet Atkins’s unique career and contributions are unlikely to stop, but this latest entry is a manifestly heartfelt and repeatedly listenable one.”

–Barry Mazor, Wall Street Journal, 4/15/2024. Read more HERE:

“Sometimes there is a tribute album that is so undeniably righteous that there is nothing to do but shake the head and listen to the whole thing again. Such a release is a total bounty of rewards, and it’s hard to say where to start. Listening to the performances of this superb and unequaled colletion is to hear the history of some of the very best American music flash before your ears. Do not miss.”

–Bill Bentley, Americana Highways 4/30/2024. Read more HERE

Today (June 20) marks the anniversary of what would have been the 100th Birthday of legendary music icon and guitar great CHET ATKINS.

As the most recorded solo instrumentalist in music history who traveled far to become “Mr. Guitar”—a journey that took the legendary icon from Appalachian poverty to international acclaim— CHET ATKINS is a 14x Grammy Award winner, Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient, and a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee.

CHET ATKINS’ music and legacy are celebrated on WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE—A Musicians’ Tribute To Chet Atkins. Released April 19 on the Morningstar Music Productions label, it features 15 tracks and 22 artists from the country, rock, bluegrass and acoustic musical realms. Conceived and produced by the legendary 3-time Grammy-winning, bluegrass and country songwriter, producer and guitarist Carl Jackson, the album contains some of the world’s best artists and guitar players including Vince Gill, Eric Clapton, Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P., Ricky Skaggs, James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Sierra Hull, and many more. View a sizzle reel about the album HERE.

Additionally, WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE—“The Making of A Musicians’ Tribute to Chet Atkins and his Legacy Remembereddebuted April 19 on CMT and is airing exclusively through July 19. The Opry Entertainment Group documentary sizzle reel HERE. The program is an engaging 1-hour documentary about the making of the album. The documentary was executive produced by Martin Fischer and produced and directed by Kathryn Russ for Opry Entertainment Group. The documentary is available to order on DVD HERE.

A limited edition of numbered vinyls in a custom-created Gretsch orange-color have been mastered and pressed with the highest standards available. They are a must-have for vinyl collectors and major Chet fans. It can be ordered here HERE or by visiting the Chet Forever website HERE.

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Description automatically generatedChet Atkins Archival Photo: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The track listing for WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE is as follows:

1. Mr. Guitar: Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P. & Michael Cleveland
2. Lover Come Back To Me: Brent Mason
3. Alley Cat: Ashley Campbell & Thor Jensen
4. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad): Vince Gill & Bradley Walker featuring Eric Clapton
5. Yakety Axe: Ricky Skaggs with Charlie McCoy
6. Sleepwalk: Jerry Douglas & Bryan Sutton
7. In His Hands: Carl Jackson
8. Mr. Sandman: Gareth Pearson
9. Windy And Warm: Brad Paisley
10. How’s The World Treating You: James Taylor & Alison Krauss
11. Caravan: Guthrie Trapp
12. All I Ever Need Is You: Sierra Hull
13. The Entertainer: John Knowles C.G.P. with Catherine Marx
14. I Still Can’t Say Goodbye: Vince Gill
15. Freight Train: The Chester Bees
(Campbell, Clapton, Emmanuel, Gill, Hull, Jackson, Jensen, Knowles, Mason, Moore, Paisley, Pearson, Skaggs, Sutton and Trapp)

ABOUT MORNINGSTAR MUSIC PRODUCTIONS:

Morningstar Music Productions was created by executive producers and longtime great friends Rodger Glaspey and Ken Leister. The two partners performed in groups that recorded albums during the 70’s as collegians during the Folk/Rock invasion. Producer and musician Carl Jackson approached Rodger and Ken with the desire to produce an album to honor Chet Atkins. The temptation to executive produce an album in Nashville paying homage to Chet Atkins with some of the finest artists and guitar players in the world including Vince Gill, Tommy Emmanuel, Brad Paisley, and other greats was too captivating to pass up… and thus, Morningstar Music Productions was born, with their first album release We Still Can’t Say Good Bye—A Musicians’ Tribute To Chet Atkins released April 19.

For press inquiries regarding WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE, contact:

SRO PR:
Mitch Schneider // mschneider@sropr.com
Lyndie Wenner // lwenner@sropr.com

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TOMORROW, April 19, A Musician’s Tribute To Chet Atkins ‘WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE’ Album Releases And CMT Premieres Documentary @ 9PM E.T.

DATE: APRIL 18, 2024

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/LYNDIE WENNER, SRO PR

‘WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE’
A MUSICIANS’ TRIBUTE TO
CHET ATKINS
OUT TOMORROW, APRIL 19
“THE MAKING OF A MUSICIANS’ TRIBUTE TO CHET ATKINS AND HIS LEGACY REMEMBERED” ALSO PREMIERES TOMORROW (APRIL 19)
AT 10 PM ET/9 PM CT ON CMT
AND WILL AIR EXCLUSIVELY FOR THREE MONTHS

THE 15-TRACK COLLECTOR’S ALBUM
PERFORMED BY SOME OF THE WORLD’S BEST ARTISTS
AND GUITAR PLAYERS INCLUDING VINCE GILL, ERIC CLAPTON,
TOMMY EMMANUEL C.G.P. ,SIERRA HULL, JAMES TAYLOR, ALISON KRAUSS,
RICKY SKAGGS, BRAD PAISLEY, MICHAEL CLEVELAND AND MANY MORE

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“Salutes to Chet Atkins’s unique career and contributions are unlikely to stop, but this latest entry is a manifestly heartfelt and repeatedly listenable one.”
–Barry Mazor, Wall Street Journal, 4/15/2024 HERE.

The excitement continues to build for this Friday’s (April 19) release of WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOODBYE – A Musicians’ Tribute to Chet Atkins via Morningstar Music Productions as Nashville and the music industry prepare to celebrate what would have been Chet Atkins’ 100th birthday on June 20.

For the very first time on one album, some of the world’s best guitar players and artists join together to pay a musicians’ tribute to the innovator, songwriter, producer, record company executive and visionary Chet Atkins. View a sizzle reel about the album HERE. MVD Entertainment is the worldwide digital and physical product distributor making this music available on all digital platforms HERE. Opry Entertainment Group and Opry Store are the main national selling channels for a variety of physical packages, including vinyl albums, limited edition numbered vinyl, and orange color vinyl and CDs.

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Description automatically generatedPurchase HERE or visit the Chet Forever website HERE.

The album WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE was conceived and produced by 3-time Grammy-winning, bluegrass and country songwriter, producer and guitarist Carl Jackson, a longtime Glen Campbell collaborator, vocal arranger for TRIO II with Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton; Jackson also produced the 2003 Grammy-winning Country Album of the Year Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’ – Songs Of The Louvin Brothers. He has had songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Emmylou Harris, and Trisha Yearwood and was recorded at Station West in Nashville, TN with Luke Wooten engineering and mixing. Eric Clapton’s guitars were recorded by Simon Climie.

In other Chet Atkins news, a documentary “The Making of A Musicians’ Tribute to Chet Atkins and his Legacy Remembered” also premieres tomorrow (April 19) at 10 PM E.T./ 9 PM C.T. on CMT and will air exclusively for three months with encores scheduled for Saturday, April 20 at 9 PM ET / 8 PM CT and Sunday, April 21 at 5 PM ET / 4 PM CT, both airing on CMT Music. The program is an engaging 1-hour documentary about the making of this tribute album to Chet Atkins featuring 22 artists (read full list of artists HERE) from the country, rock, bluegrass and acoustic musical realms and contains some of the world’s best artists and guitar players including Vince Gill, Eric Clapton, Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P., Ricky Skaggs, James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Sierra Hull, and many more. The documentary was produced by Opry Entertainment Group in collaboration with Morningstar Music Productions and was executive produced by Martin Fischer and produced and directed by Kathryn Russ for Opry Entertainment Group. Watch the Opry Entertainment Group sizzle reel HERE.

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Description automatically generatedThe documentary is available to order on DVD HERE.

The album’s first single “Mr. Guitar” was released Friday, March 15 and is performed by Grammy Award-winning guitarist and artist Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P. and Grammy-winning bluegrass fiddler Michael Cleveland. Read more HERE. “All I Ever Need Is You,” the album’s second single is performed by SIERRA HULL, the 2x Grammy-nominated artist and award-winning mandolin and guitarist, songwriter and vocalist was released Friday, April 5. Read more HERE.

CHET ATKINS is the most recorded solo instrumentalist in music history who traveled far to become “Mr. Guitar.” The journey took the legendary icon from Appalachian poverty to international acclaim, from utter obscurity to three Halls of Fame. He is a 14x Grammy Award winner, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient, A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee.

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Description automatically generatedChet Atkins Archival Photo: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The track listing for WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE is as follows:

1. Mr. Guitar: Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P. & Michael Cleveland
2. Lover Come Back To Me: Brent Mason
3. Alley Cat: Ashley Campbell & Thor Jensen
4. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad): Vince Gill & Bradley Walker featuring Eric Clapton
5. Yakety Axe: Ricky Skaggs with Charlie McCoy
6. Sleepwalk: Jerry Douglas & Bryan Sutton
7. In His Hands: Carl Jackson
8. Mr. Sandman: Gareth Pearson
9. Windy And Warm: Brad Paisley
10. How’s The World Treating You: James Taylor & Alison Krauss
11. Caravan: Guthrie Trapp
12. All I Ever Need Is You: Sierra Hull
13. The Entertainer: John Knowles C.G.P. with Catherine Marx
14. I Still Can’t Say Goodbye: Vince Gill
15. Freight Train: The Chester Bees
(Campbell, Clapton, Emmanuel, Gill, Hull, Jackson, Jensen, Knowles, Mason, Moore, Paisley, Pearson, Skaggs, Sutton and Trapp)

More details about the collector’s edition:

2 Orange Disc Set individually numbered, 12-page booklet, 15 new tracks by 22 artists:

Individually Numbered Edition of 15 newly recorded tracks pressed with audiophile quality of no more than 4 tracks per side in Chet’s Gretsch 6120 Orange, includes a 12-page booklet with ‘The Journey of Mr. Guitar’ by Robert K Oermann, liner notes by award winning journalist Holly Gleason, rare photos and session notes by Grammy winning producer Carl Jackson.

With no more than 4 tracks per side to ensure the highest-quality sonic fidelity, each tribute vinyl is produced in audiophile-grade 180-gram vinyl at the hands of the recording industry elite: Ryan K. Smith, Senior Mastering Engineer at Sterling Sound, and pressed at RTI USA.

The Premium 140-gram Vinyl Edition includes two LPs and a four-page insert with Liner Notes by award-winning music journalist Holly Gleason.

The Limited Edition, individually numbered Vinyl Collectors editions are limited to 7,500 copies and include 2 LPs and the 12-page Commemorative Booklet “The Journey of Mr. Guitar” by Robert Oermann with Chet’s biography, rare photos, Liner Notes by award-winning music journalist Holly Gleason, and insightful Session Notes by Grammy Award-winning producer, Carl Jackson. Also included is the Exclusive DVD, We Still Can’t Say Good Bye, The Making of A Musicians’ Tribute to Chet Atkins and His Legacy Remembered.

These two limited editions come in the Old Stoughton® Tip-on Gatefold Jacket, considered the Holy Grail of record jackets. The process involves printing the artwork on paper, which is then wrapped around heavy 24pt board, giving the jackets a classic old-school look.

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L to R: Morningstar Music Productions Exec. Producer, Ken Leister; Producer, Carl Jackson; Tommy Emmanuel (CGP); Morningstar Music Productions Exec. Producer, Rodger Glaspey.

ABOUT MORNINGSTAR MUSIC PRODUCTIONS:

Morningstar Music Productions was created by executive producers and longtime great friends Rodger Glaspey and Ken Leister. The two partners performed in groups that recorded albums during the 70’s as collegians during the Folk/Rock invasion. Producer and musician Carl Jackson approached Rodger and Ken with the desire to produce an album to honor Chet Atkins. The temptation to executive produce an album in Nashville paying homage to Chet Atkins with some of the finest artists and guitar players in the world including Vince Gill, Tommy Emmanuel, Brad Paisley, and other greats was too captivating to pass up… and thus, Morningstar Music Productions was born, with their first album release We Still Can’t Say Good Bye a Musicians’ Tribute To Chet Atkins out today.

For press inquiries regarding WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE, contact:

SRO PR:
Mitch Schneider // mschneider@sropr.com
Lyndie Wenner // lwenner@sropr.com

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CMT To Premiere Documentary – A Musicians’ Tribute To Chet Atkins – A Three-Month Exclusive Beginning April 19 at 9:00 PM CT

DATE: APRIL 10, 2024

FROM: LYNDIE WENNER/MITCH SCHNEIDER – SRO PR

CMT TO PREMIERE THE 1-HOUR DOCUMENTARY
‘WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE’ – A MAKING OF A MUSICIANS’
TRIBUTE TO CHET ATKINS
AIRING EXCLUSIVELY ON CMT FOR 3 MONTHS
BEGINNING APRIL 19 AT 9 PM CT
PRODUCED BY OPRY ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
IN COLLABORATION WITH MORNINGSTAR MUSIC PRODUCTIONS

WATCH THIS 30-SECOND DOCUMENTARY SIZZLE REEL HERE
THE DOCUMENTARY IS AVAILABLE ON DVD
PRE-ORDER HERE OR VISIT THE CHET FOREVER WEBSITE HERE

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WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE – “The Making of A Musicians’ Tribute to Chet Atkins and his Legacy Rememberedwill air exclusively for three months on CMT premiering April 19 at 9 PM Central time. Watch the Opry Entertainment Group sizzle reel HERE.

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The documentary is available to order on DVD HERE.

The program is an engaging 1-hour documentary about the making of this tribute album to Chet Atkins featuring 22 artists (read full list of artists HERE) from the country, rock, bluegrass and acoustic musical realms. Due out April 19, it contains some of the world’s best artists and guitar players including Vince Gill, Eric Clapton, Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P., Ricky Skaggs, James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Sierra Hull, and many more. The documentary was executive produced by Martin Fischer and produced and directed by Kathryn Russ for Opry Entertainment Group.

Kathryn Russ, Producer Quote:

“The first day of filming was marked by Tommy Emmanuel’s recording of ‘Mr. Guitar.’ However, it was his intimate stories that truly captured the essence of the man they sought to honor. Chet Atkins was more than just a talented producer, studio head, and guitarist; he was also a humble, caring mentor who left a profound impact on countless musicians. Everyone interviewed for the project, including Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, and others, shared humorous and heartfelt stories. Grammy-winning Producer Carl Jackson helmed the tribute album which anchored our narrative. As a producer, ‘Chet, We Still Can’t Say Good Bye’ meant more to me than mere documentation; it was a labor of love and a testament to the enduring legacy of the man known as Mr. Guitar.”

Martin Fischer, Executive Producer Quote:

“Producing this TV special on the making of the new tribute album for iconic Opry member Chet Atkins has been truly inspiring. It’s been a remarkable experience witnessing legendary artists unite to honor Chet’s legacy. Through this special, we hope viewers experience the timeless and lasting influence the extraordinary Chet Atkins had on country music.”

Opry Entertainment Group and Morningstar Music Productions recently announced a collaboration HERE with The Opry Shop for WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE – A Musicians’ Tribute to Chet Atkins. Opry Entertainment Group will be the main selling channel for a variety of physical packages including vinyl albums, limited edition numbered vinyls and orange color vinyls, CD’s, and the DVD.

Pre-order HERE or visit the Chet Forever website HERE.

A collection of vinyl records

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The album WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE was conceived and produced by 3-time Grammy-winning, bluegrass and country songwriter, producer and guitarist Carl Jackson, a longtime Glen Campbell collaborator, vocal arranger for TRIO II with Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton; Jackson also produced the 2003 Grammy-winning Country Album of the Year Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’ – Songs Of The Louvin Brothers. He has had songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Emmylou Harris, and Trisha Yearwood.

A person in a suit playing a guitar

Description automatically generatedChet Atkins Archival Photo: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

CHET ATKINS is the most recorded solo instrumentalist in music history who traveled far to become “Mr. Guitar.” The journey took the legendary icon from Appalachian poverty to international acclaim, from utter obscurity to three Halls of Fame. He is a 14x Grammy Award winner, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient, A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee. Now, for the very first time on one album, some of the world’s best guitar players and artists join together to pay a musicians’ tribute to the innovator, songwriter, producer, record company executive and visionary Chet Atkins, as Nashville and the music industry prepare to celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday on June 20.

ABOUT MORNINGSTAR MUSIC PRODUCTIONS:

Morningstar Music Productions was created by executive producers and longtime great friends Rodger Glaspey and Ken Leister. The two partners performed in groups that recorded albums during the 70’s as collegians during the Folk/Rock invasion. Carl

Jackson approached Rodger and Ken with the desire to produce an album to honor Chet Atkins. The temptation to executive produce an album in Nashville paying homage to Chet Atkins with some of the finest artists and guitar players in the world including Vince Gill, Tommy Emmanuel, Brad Paisley, and other greats was too captivating to pass up… and thus, Morningstar Music Productions was born, with their first album release We Still Can’t Say Good Bye – A Musicians’ Tribute To Chet Atkins out April 19.

For press inquiries regarding WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE, contact:

SRO PR:
Mitch Schneider // mschneider@sropr.com
Lyndie Wenner // lwenner@sropr.com

 


SIERRA HULL Is Featured On The CHET ATKINS TRIBUTE ALBUM – The Second Single “All I Ever Need Is You” From ‘We Still Can’t Say Good Bye’ – A Musicians’ Tribute To Chet Atkins

DATE: April 5, 2024

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/LYNDIE WENNER, SRO PR

“ALL I EVER NEED IS YOU”
RELEASED TODAY AS THE SECOND SINGLE
FROM THE MULTI-ARTIST ALBUM
‘WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE’
A MUSICIANS’ TRIBUTE TO CHET ATKINS
LISTEN HERE

PERFORMED BY
SIERRA HULL,
THE 2 X GRAMMY-NOMINATED ARTIST AND AWARD-WINNING
MANDOLIN PLAYER AND GUITARIST/ARTIST
‘WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE’
IS A 15-TRACK COLLECTOR’S ALBUM
PERFORMED BY SOME OF THE WORLD’S BEST ARTISTS
AND GUITAR PLAYERS INCLUDING
VINCE GILL, ERIC CLAPTON, TOMMY EMMANUEL C.G.P. , RICKY SKAGGS, JAMES TAYLOR, ALISON KRAUSS, BRAD PAISLEY, SIERRA HULL,
AND MANY MORE AND IS DUE OUT APRIL 19

VIEW A SIZZLE REEL ABOUT THE ALBUM HERE

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Description automatically generatedClick HERE to pre-order or visit the Chet Forever website HERE.

“ALL I EVER NEED IS YOU,” the second single from the upcoming multi-artist album WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOODBYE – A Musicians’ Tribute to Chet Atkins, has been released today (Friday, April 5) to all streaming platforms via Morningstar Music Productions, with digital distribution worldwide by MVD Entertainment (see the track listing below.) “ALL I EVER NEED IS YOU” is performed by SIERRA HULL, the 2x Grammy-nominated artist and award-winning mandolin and guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. Listen to the song HERE and view a sizzle reel about the album HERE.

“Sierra wasn’t yet a teenager the first time I met her,” shares the album’s producer Carl Jackson. “And she was already playing mandolin with a precision that can only be described as ‘machine-like’. I later found out she was just as gifted on the guitar and a very talented vocalist as well, and her choice of ‘All I Ever Need Is You’ was inspired by Chet and Jerry Reed’s version.”

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“When Chet played the guitar, you felt every bit like you were hearing a singer…”
-Sierra Hull

All I Ever Need Is You,” the Eddie Reeves/Jimmy Holiday co-written classic and the second single on WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE, features Sierra Hull on lead vocals and acoustic guitar and was recorded at Station West in Nashville, TN with Luke Wooten engineering and mixing. Additional musicians performing are Tony Creasman on drums and percussion, Kevin Grantt on bass and Carl Jackson harmonizing on vocals.

Featuring 15 tracks and 22 artists from the from the country, rock, bluegrass and acoustic musical realms, WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOODBYE – A Musicians’ Tribute to Chet Atkins was conceived and produced by 3-time Grammy-winning, bluegrass and country songwriter, producer and guitarist Carl Jackson. He is a longtime Glen Campbell collaborator, vocal arranger for TRIO II with Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton; Jackson also produced the 2003 Grammy-winning Country Album of the Year Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’ – Songs Of The Louvin Brothers. He has additionally had songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Emmylou Harris, and Trisha Yearwood.

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The track listing for WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE is as follows:

1. Mr. Guitar: Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P. & Michael Cleveland
2. Lover Come Back To Me: Brent Mason
3. Alley Cat: Ashley Campbell & Thor Jensen
4. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad): Vince Gill & Bradley Walker featuring Eric Clapton
5. Yakety Axe: Ricky Skaggs with Charlie McCoy
6. Sleepwalk: Jerry Douglas & Bryan Sutton
7. In His Hands: Carl Jackson
8. Mr. Sandman: Gareth Pearson
9. Windy And Warm: Brad Paisley
10. How’s The World Treating You: James Taylor & Alison Krauss
11. Caravan: Guthrie Trapp
12. All I Ever Need Is You: Sierra Hull
13. The Entertainer: John Knowles C.G.P. with Catherine Marx
14. I Still Can’t Say Goodbye: Vince Gill
15. Freight Train: The Chester Bees
(Campbell, Clapton, Emmanuel, Gill, Hull, Jackson, Jensen, Knowles, Mason, Moore, Paisley, Pearson, Skaggs, Sutton and Trapp)

A person in a suit playing a guitar

Description automatically generatedChet Atkins Archival Photo: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

CHET ATKINS is the most recorded solo instrumentalist in music history who traveled far to become “Mr. Guitar.” The journey took the legendary icon from Appalachian poverty to international acclaim, from utter obscurity to three Halls of Fame. He is a 14x Grammy Award winner, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient, A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee. Now, for the very first time on one album, some of the world’s best guitar players and artists join together to pay a musicians’ tribute to the innovator, songwriter, producer, record company executive and visionary Chet Atkins, as Nashville and the music industry prepare to celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday on June 20.

Collectors Edition Orange LP + DVD Pre-Order HERE

Opry Entertainment Group is the official Nashville retailer for “We Still Can’t Say Good Bye” albums, CD’s and DVD’s. Click HERE to pre-order.

Visit the Chet Forever website HERE.

ABOUT MORNINGSTAR MUSIC PRODUCTIONS:

Morningstar Music Productions was created by executive producers and longtime great friends Rodger Glaspey and Ken Leister. The two partners performed in groups that recorded albums during the 70’s as collegians during the Folk/Rock invasion. Producer and musician Carl Jackson approached Rodger and Ken with the desire to produce an album to honor Chet Atkins. The temptation to executive produce an album in Nashville paying homage to Chet Atkins with some of the finest artists and guitar players in the world including Vince Gill, Tommy Emmanuel, Brad Paisley, and other greats was too captivating to pass up… and thus, Morningstar Music Productions was born, with their first album release We Still Can’t Say Good Bye – A Musicians’ Tribute To Chet Atkins out April 19.

For press inquiries regarding WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE, contact:

SRO PR:
Mitch Schneider // mschneider@sropr.com
Lyndie Wenner // lwenner@sropr.com

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OPRY ENTERTAINMENT GROUP Collaborates With MORNINGSTAR MUSIC PRODUCTIONS For CHET ATKINS Tribute “WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE”

DATE: APRIL 2, 2024

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/LYNDIE WENNER SRO PR

OPRY ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
IS THE OFFICIAL NASHVILLE RETAILER FOR
‘WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE’ – A MUSICIANS’ TRIBUTE TO CHET ATKINS
ON THE MORNINGSTAR MUSIC PRODUCTIONS LABEL

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Collectors Edition Orange LP + DVD: Pre-order HERE.

Pre-order HERE or visit the Chet Forever website HERE

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Morningstar Music Productions is thrilled to be collaborating with Opry Entertainment Group, Opry Store and Opry.com for WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE – A Musicians’ Tribute to Chet Atkins as they will be the main selling channel for a variety of physical packages, including vinyl albums, limited edition numbered vinyl, and orange color vinyl and CDs. The album features 22 artists (read the full list of artists HERE) from the country, rock, bluegrass and acoustic musical realms with some of the world’s best artists and guitar players including Vince Gill, Eric Clapton, Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P., Ricky Skaggs, James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Sierra Hull, and many more.

The album, produced by 3x Grammy-winning, bluegrass and country songwriter/producer/guitarist Carl Jackson, will be supported with an engaging 1-hour documentary about the making of the album. The documentary was executive produced by Martin Fischer and produced and directed by Kathryn Russ for Opry Entertainment Group. Air dates and times for the documentary (TBA) will coincide with the album’s release and will also be available on DVD. Read more about the album HERE.

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Pre-order HERE or visit the Chet Forever website HERE

A person in a suit playing a guitar Description automatically generatedChet Atkins Archival Photo: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

CHET ATKINS is the most recorded solo instrumentalist in music history who traveled far to become “Mr. Guitar.” The journey took the legendary icon from Appalachian poverty to international acclaim, from utter obscurity to three Halls of Fame. He is a 14x Grammy Award winner, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient, A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee. Now, for the very first time on one album, some of the world’s best guitar players and artists join together to pay a musicians’ tribute to the innovator, songwriter, producer, record company executive and visionary Chet Atkins, as Nashville and the music industry prepare to celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday on June 20. The album was produced by 3-x Grammy winning, bluegrass and country songwriter/producer/guitarist Carl Jackson, a longtime Glen Campbell collaborator, vocal arranger for TRIO II with Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. Jackson also produced the 2003 Grammy-winning Country Album of the Year Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’–Songs Of The Louvin Brothers. He has had songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Emmylou Harris, and Trisha Yearwood.

ABOUT MORNINGSTAR MUSIC PRODUCTIONS:

Morningstar Music Productions was created by executive producers and longtime great friends Rodger Glaspey and Ken Leister. The two partners performed in groups that recorded albums during the 70’s as collegians during the Folk/Rock invasion. Producer and musician Carl Jackson approached Rodger and Ken with the desire to produce an album to honor Chet Atkins. The temptation to executive produce an album in Nashville paying homage to Chet Atkins with some of the finest artists and guitar players in the world including Vince Gill, Tommy Emmanuel, Brad Paisley, and other greats was too captivating to pass up… and thus, Morningstar Music Productions was born, with their first album release We Still Can’t Say Good Bye – A Musicians’ Tribute To Chet Atkins out April 19.

For press inquiries regarding WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE, contact:

SRO PR:
Mitch Schneider // mschneider@sropr.com
Lyndie Wenner // lwenner@sropr.com

 


“MR. GUITAR”—The First Single Performed By Tommy Emmanuel C.P.G. and Michael Cleveland From ‘WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE’ A Musicians’ Tribute To Chet Atkins Out Today

DATE: MARCH 15, 2024

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/LYNDIE WENNER, SRO PR

“MR. GUITAR”
RELEASED TODAY AS FIRST SINGLE
FROM THE MULTI-ARTIST
‘WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE’
A MUSICIANS’ TRIBUTE TO CHET ATKINS
DUE OUT APRIL 19
PERFORMED BY
2024 GRAMMY-WINNING GUITARIST/ARTIST TOMMY EMMANUEL C.G.P.
WITH GRAMMY-WINNING BLUEGRASS FIDDLER MICHAEL CLEVELAND

‘WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE’
IS A 15-TRACK COLLECTOR’S ALBUM
PERFORMED BY SOME OF THE WORLD’S BEST ARTISTS
AND GUITAR PLAYERS INCLUDING
VINCE GILL, ERIC CLAPTON, TOMMY EMMANUEL C.G.P. , RICKY SKAGGS, JAMES TAYLOR, ALISON KRAUSS, BRAD PAISLEY, SIERRA HULL,
AND MANY MORE

VIEW A SIZZLE REEL ABOUT THE ALBUM HERE

A white and orange guitar

Description automatically generated‘We Still Can’t Say Good Bye’ Cover Art

“Mr. Guitar,” the first single from the upcoming multi-artist album WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOODBYE – A Musicians’ Tribute to Chet Atkins, has been released today (Friday, March 15) to all streaming platforms via Morningstar Music Productions, with distribution worldwide by MVD Entertainment (see the track listing below.) “Mr. Guitar” is performed by 2024 Grammy Award-winning guitarist and acoustic guitarist extraordinaire Tommy Emmanuel—who became one of five people ever named a C.G.P. (Certified Guitar Player) by his idol, music icon Chet Atkins—and Grammy-winning bluegrass fiddler Michael Cleveland. Listen to the song HERE and view a sizzle reel about the album HERE.

Featuring 15 tracks and 22 artists from the from the country, rock, bluegrass and acoustic musical realms, WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOODBYE – A Musicians’ Tribute to Chet Atkins was conceived and produced by 3-time Grammy-winning, bluegrass and country songwriter, producer and guitarist Carl Jackson. He is a longtime Glen Campbell collaborator, vocal arranger for TRIO II with Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton; Jackson also produced the 2003 Grammy-winning Country Album of the Year Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’ – Songs Of The Louvin Brothers. He has additionally had songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Emmylou Harris, and Trisha Yearwood.

“The C.G.P Chet awarded Tommy [Emmanuel] doesn’t go quite far enough,” says Jackson. “So, as Chet would say, ‘by the power invested in me,’ I’d like to add a word: ‘Certified Gentleman Guitar Player” or C.G.G.P. which is a more complete description of the man whose warm smile and sincere kindness is displayed without fail. With that same sincerity, he [Tommy] told me, ‘We’ve got to have Michael Cleveland.’ I thought it was perfectly appropriate, since Chet played a little fiddle in his early years, and I know how much he would have loved Michael’s back and forth with Tommy.”

“Mentoring and encouraging people is something that Chet always did,” says Emmanuel, one of five people ever named a C.G.P. by Chet Atkins. “I try to do this thing with Gareth (Pearson), and I try to do the same with all young people. I encourage them to do things that I learned from Chet. I hope that somewhere somehow, I showed somebody something because of him that changed their life and made their life better. Cause he sure did that for me.”

Michael Cleveland shares: “Every opportunity I’ve had to work with my musical heroes has been an honor, and to be invited by one of them to record on a tribute to the legendary Chet Atkins is very humbling. Tommy [Emmanuel] and I worked together in 2019 when, on a leap of faith, I asked him to be a guest on my album, Tall Fiddler, titled after a song he wrote. I was thrilled when he said yes, but I had no idea that would turn into the friendship it has. Chet’s reputation for being an incredible guitarist is known worldwide, and although I never had the chance to meet him in person, I’ve heard so many stories about his kindness and mentoring. I certainly feel that was extended to me when Tommy asked if I would record “Mr. Guitar” with him.”

“Mr. Guitar” was recorded at Station West in Nashville, TN with Luke Wooten engineering and mixing. Additional musicians on the track are Tony Creasman on drums and percussion, and Kevin Grantt on bass.

A person in a suit playing a guitar

Description automatically generatedChet Atkins Archival Photo: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

CHET ATKINS is the most recorded solo instrumentalist in music history who traveled far to become “Mr. Guitar.” The journey took the legendary icon from Appalachian poverty to international acclaim, from utter obscurity to three Halls of Fame. He is a 14x Grammy Award winner, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient, A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee.

Now, for the very first time on one album, some of the world’s best guitar players and artists join together to pay a musicians’ tribute to the innovator, songwriter, producer, record company executive and visionary Chet Atkins, as Nashville and the music industry prepare to celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday on June 20.

The track listing for WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE is as follows:
1. Mr. Guitar: Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P. & Michael Cleveland
2. Lover Come Back To Me: Brent Mason
3. Alley Cat: Ashley Campbell & Thor Jensen
4. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad): Vince Gill & Bradley Walker featuring Eric Clapton
5. Yakety Axe: Ricky Skaggs with Charlie McCoy
6. Sleepwalk: Jerry Douglas & Bryan Sutton
7. In His Hands: Carl Jackson
8. Mr. Sandman: Gareth Pearson
9. Windy And Warm: Brad Paisley
10. How’s The World Treating You: James Taylor & Alison Krauss
11. Caravan: Guthrie Trapp
12. All I Ever Need Is You: Sierra Hull
13. The Entertainer: John Knowles C.G.P. with Catherine Marx
14. I Still Can’t Say Goodbye: Vince Gill
15. Freight Train: The Chester Bees
(Campbell, Clapton, Emmanuel, Gill, Hull, Jackson, Jensen, Knowles, Mason, Moore, Paisley, Pearson, Skaggs, Sutton and Trapp)

* Morningstar Music Productions has collaborated with Opry Entertainment Group as the official Nashville retailer for “We Still Can’t Say Good Bye”. Click HERE to pre-order or visit the Chet Forever website HERE.

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ABOUT MORNINGSTAR MUSIC PRODUCTIONS:

Morningstar Music Productions was created by executive producers and longtime great friends Rodger Glaspey and Ken Leister. The two partners performed in groups that recorded albums during the 70’s as collegians during the Folk/Rock invasion. Producer and musician Carl Jackson approached Rodger and Ken with the desire to produce an album to honor Chet Atkins. The temptation to executive produce an album in Nashville paying homage to Chet Atkins with some of the finest artists and guitar players in the world including Vince Gill, Tommy Emmanuel, Brad Paisley, and other greats was too captivating to pass up… and thus, Morningstar Music Productions was born, with their first album release We Still Can’t Say Good Bye – A Musicians’ Tribute To Chet Atkins out April 19.

For press inquiries regarding WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE, contact:

SRO PR:
Mitch Schneider // mschneider@sropr.com
Lyndie Wenner // lwenner@sropr.com

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‘WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE’ A Musicians’ Tribute To Chet Atkins Due Out 4/19

DATE: FEBRUARY 21, 2024

FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/LYNDIE WENNER, SRO PR

‘WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE’
A MUSICIANS’ TRIBUTE TO
CHET ATKINS
DUE OUT APRIL 19

A 15-TRACK COLLECTOR’S ALBUM
PERFORMED BY SOME OF THE WORLD’S BEST ARTISTS
AND GUITAR PLAYERS INCLUDING VINCE GILL, ERIC CLAPTON,
TOMMY EMMANUEL C.G.P. , RICKY SKAGGS, JAMES TAYLOR, ALISON KRAUSS,
BRAD PAISLEY, SIERRA HULL, AND MANY MORE DUE APRIL 19
THE FIRST SINGLE “MR. GUITAR” ARRIVES FRIDAY, MARCH 15
PERFORMED BY 2024 GRAMMY-WINNING GUITARIST/ARTIST
TOMMY EMMANUEL C.G.P.
ALONG WITH GRAMMY-WINNING BLUEGRASS FIDDLER MICHAEL CLEVELAND

A white and orange guitar

Description automatically generated‘We Still Can’t Say Good Bye’ Cover Art

CHET ATKINS is the most recorded solo instrumentalist in music history who traveled far to become “Mr. Guitar.” The journey took the legendary icon from Appalachian poverty to international acclaim, from utter obscurity to three Halls of Fame. He is a 14x Grammy Award winner, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient, A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee.

Now, for the very first time on one album, some of the world’s best guitar players and artists join together to pay a musicians’ tribute to the innovator, songwriter, producer, record company executive and visionary Chet Atkins, as Nashville and the music industry prepare to celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday on June 20. Featuring 22 players and artists on this 15-track album from the country, rock, bluegrass and acoustic musical realms, WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE is due Friday, April 19 on Morningstar Music Productions, distributed by MVD Entertainment. View a sizzle reel about the album HERE.

WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE was produced by country and bluegrass musician and songwriter and 3 x Grammy-winning producer and guitarist CARL JACKSON (Louvin Brothers) and was recorded at Station West in Nashville, TN with Luke Wooten engineering and mixing. Eric Clapton’s guitars were recorded by Simon Climie.

The album’s first single “Mr. Guitar” will be released Friday, March 15 and is performed by Grammy Award-winning guitarist and artist Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P. and Grammy-winning bluegrass fiddler Michael Cleveland.

“Mentoring and encouraging people is something that Chet always did,” says Emmanuel, one of five people ever named a C.G.P. (Certified Guitar Player) by Chet Atkins. “I try to do this thing with Gareth (Pearson) and I try to do the same with all young people. I encourage them to do things that I learned from Chet. I hope that somewhere somehow, I showed somebody something because of him that changed their life and made their life better. Cause he sure did that for me.”

A person in a suit playing a guitar

Description automatically generatedChet Atkins Archival Photo: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The track listing for WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE is as follows:
1. Mr. Guitar: Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P. & Michael Cleveland
2. Lover Come Back To Me: Brent Mason
3. Alley Cat: Ashley Campbell & Thor Jensen
4. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad): Vince Gill & Bradley Walker featuring Eric Clapton
5. Yakety Axe: Ricky Skaggs with Charlie McCoy
6. Sleepwalk: Jerry Douglas & Bryan Sutton
7. In His Hands: Carl Jackson
8. Mr. Sandman: Gareth Pearson
9. Windy And Warm: Brad Paisley
10. How’s The World Treating You: James Taylor & Alison Krauss
11. Caravan: Guthrie Trapp
12. All I Ever Need Is You: Sierra Hull
13. The Entertainer: John Knowles C.G.P. with Catherine Marx
14. I Still Can’t Say Goodbye: Vince Gill
15. Freight Train: The Chester Bees (Campbell, Clapton, Emmanuel, Gill, Hull, Jackson, Jensen, Knowles, Mason, Moore, Paisley, Pearson, Skaggs, Sutton and Trapp)

A group of men standing in a room

Description automatically generatedPhoto Credit: Rodger Glaspey
L to R: Morningstar Music Productions Exec. Producer, Ken Leister; Producer, Carl Jackson; Tommy Emmanuel (CGP); Morningstar Music Productions Exec. Producer, Rodger Glaspey.

ABOUT MORNINGSTAR MUSIC PRODUCTIONS:

Morningstar Music Productions was created by executive producers and longtime great friends Rodger Glaspey and Ken Leister. The two partners performed in groups that recorded albums during the 70’s as collegians during the Folk/Rock invasion. Producer and musician Carl Jackson approached Rodger and Ken with the desire to produce an album to honor Chet Atkins. The temptation to executive produce an album in Nashville paying homage to Chet Atkins with some of the finest artists and guitar players in the world including Vince Gill, Tommy Emmanuel, Brad Paisley, and other greats was too captivating to pass up… and thus, Morningstar Music Productions was born, with their first album release We Still Can’t Say Good Bye a Musicians’ Tribute To Chet Atkins out April 19.

For press inquiries regarding WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE, contact:

SRO PR:
Mitch Schneider // mschneider@sropr.com
Lyndie Wenner // lwenner@sropr.com

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