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Wariner to join Thumbpickers Hall of Fame

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 – Steve Wariner will be inducted into the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame during the organization's 12th annual induction ceremony on Sept. 25 in Powderly, Ky. Wariner's current homage to Chet Atkins, Steve Wariner," c.g.p., My Tribute to Chet Atkins," was named Thumbpicking Recording of the Year even though the CD isn't out until November.

"I've been a thumbpicker since my dad taught me when I was young," said Wariner. "In my later years I was lucky enough to play with Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed and Paul Yandell. Receiving this honor is because of them. It's an incredible honor for me to join the esteemed ranks of the Thumbpickers Hall of Fame."

Other inductees this year include Richard Smith and Chip Young.

Members of the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame include Atkins, Reed, Yandell, Doc Watson, Grandpa Jones, Merle Travis, John Hartford and Joe Maphis.

Muhlenberg County is considered the birthplace of thumbpicking, also called fingerpicking, a style of guitar playing in which the thumb maintains a steady rhythm by alternating bass patterns on the lower three strings, while the other fingers play melody and fill-in notes on the high strings.

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Grammy winner Steve Wariner explores the range of guitar sounds, and from jazz to Honky Tonk and on into acoustical finger-picking, the range is impressive. Tele Kinesis is a hard driving picking tune in a twangy "chicken pickin'" style that's clearly rooted in the '70s though new. At the other end of the spectrum are songs like Sugarfoot Rag that Wariner plays on a nylon-string guitar as part of a duet with Leon Rhodes. A strong classical influence emerges on songs »»»
c.g.p. CD review - c.g.p.
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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