Admin Post Earlier tonight, I watched this video of an interview with Chet, when he was dealing with serious health problems, in the late ‘90s. I’ve always had a lot of positive emotion when it came to Chet and I shed tears when he passed away. He’s was a hero to me, and held that position for many, many years. He’s a big part of my playing and his records showed me possibilities that I would probably have never imagined on my own. Seeing Chet, obviously still weakened after having had a brain tumor removed, was sad, but his attitude and outlook were inspiring. He knew that his time was running short, but he truly took the time to say thanks. The interview came across as very honest, and very sincere. Through all he had been through, there was a strong sense of optimism that came through. I’ve always thought that to play and arrange as beautifully as he did, there had to have been a kind-hearted man at the core of it all. In this interview, this character shone through. It’s been over 20 years now, since he was lost to us. I find that hard to believe, at times, but that’s the case. We still have Steve Wariner and Tommy Emmanuel with us, and both are great players with a strong thread of Chet’s influence. Chet often spoke about being forgotten in the future, but it hasn’t happened yet. I hope it never does. When I was in my late teens, and was first starting to make a living, etc. I noted that there were three things about the mundane world I really enjoyed; Chet Atkins, Ace Hardware and NASCAR. NASCAR has changed, and I can’t remember the last time I watched a race. Ace Hardware is still part of life in the US, and I still love just exploring a large, well-stocked Ace. Chet his no longer with us, but his music is with us, and as I write, there are four Chet Atkins model Gretsch on the wall opposite my bed, the fulfillment of dreams I had when I was just a kid, scraping up dimes and nickels to buy Chet albums and all but drooling at the guitars on the album cover. Chet saw fit to thank Nashville, and that was a great act on his part. But I want to thank Chet, for providing a lifetime of musical inspiration.