Art Around Town: The Life & Music of Chet Atkins as performed by Dr. Richard Hood

 Chet Atkins

Chet Atkins

Travis Fontenot and Dr. Richard Hood invite you to the Dixie Center for the Arts on October 23, 2018, at 7:00 PM to enjoy “The Life and Music of Chet Atkins.” It is the story of country music legend Chet Atkins’ life and his critically acclaimed music career in Nashville. The program also features Dennis Smith on bass and Jimmie Martin on drums. Dr. Hood is well known in this area for his guitar expertise and presents a highly informative and entertaining program for your enjoyment.

Chet was a recording artist as well as an unparalleled guitarist. Thanks to Chet, country music crossed over into the pop charts in the '50s and '60s. During that time, he helped create the Nashville sound, a style of country music that owed nearly as much to pop as it did to honky tonks. Throughout his career, Chet Atkins earned numerous awards, including 11 Grammy awards and nine CMA "Instrumentalist of the Year" honors, as well as a Grammy "Lifetime Achievement Award". Although his award list is impressive, it only begins to convey his contribution to country music.

 Dr. Richard Hood

Dr. Richard Hood

In 2014, Dr. Hood was invited to give this presentation at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville where it was part of a special emphasis and exhibit about Atkins’ life and career. Dr. Hood has presented this program at the Chet Atkins Guitar Convention the Chet Convention for over 20 years and additionally in a number of local areas and other venues.

This program is sponsored by Gap Farms Travel Center in Arcadia and Port Au Prince Steak and Catfish Restaurant on Lake Claiborne. Tickets are $20 for adults and 2 for $10 in the balcony for Tech, Grambling, and other students with ID and cash. All seating is reserved and tickets are available in advance or at the door. Call the Dixie at 255-1450 or stop by between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM Monday-Friday to purchase tickets in advance.

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article written by Travis Fontenot, DCA Executive Director