Chet Atkins' 'Days' A Bonanza For Musicians

Musician event founded by eminent guitarist is set for third edition in April.

Famed guitar player Chet Atkins will orchestrate four days of musical activities and festivities during his third annual Chet Atkins' Musician Days, scheduled for April 5–8, in Nashville.

Famous guitarists will mingle with young up-and-comers during the days and nights of workshops, classes, concerts and jams.

"Chet had three goals going into this project: to honor the musician, to raise money to educate young musicians, and to give him an excuse for he and his friends to get together and play," Musician Days producer Tom Morales said.

Guitarist and rock 'n' roll pioneer Duane Eddy will be honored during the Days' headline event, "Witness History III: The Twang Years," on April 5, at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville.

"Each year, the Ryman benefit is the crown jewel of this event," Morales said. "It raises money for education while everyone enjoys a unique, emotionally charged atmosphere."

Hosted by Marty Stuart, the evening will be studded with performances by Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, Peter Frampton, Vince Gill, Bonnie Bramlett and others paying tribute to Eddy and famed Nashville studio guitarist Grady Martin. The latter, in frail health of late, is known for his work on such hits as Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman," Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" and Marty Robbins' "El Paso."