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Chet Atkins — Jam Man
Album: Almost Alone
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7.8

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Total ratings: 3247









Released: 1996
Length: 3:17
Plays (last 30 days): 5
(Instrumental)
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Always a nice pick me up tune. 
EXCELLENT!  Thanx RP!   
 ciarataylor wrote:

Oh.  I was thinking of Claude Atkins the actor.



Claude Akins. 🤣
 calypsus_1 wrote:

Nov cover of Guitar Player by ~jasonseiler
Jason Seiler   ©2007-2010 ~jasonseiler

I can finally post the work I did for Guitar Player magazine. This was a killer to do because I only had a four days to complete the cover. It was nuts, had to pull an all nighter, drank many Monster energy drinks, and the rest is history! I'm really happy with how Zappa's guitar turned out, even though it was a lot of work. Zappa has a distinct SG, very unique and personalized, so when painting his guitar I knew I wasn't going to get away with just painting any old SG, it had to be his . . . with all the nicks and scratches, the whole SHA-BANG!





Excellent work!
Hi, I'm Tom Bodett for Motel 6, and we'll leave the light on for you.
What a nice piece. 
Have to say I’ve never seen the commercial folks keep referring to…. And it’s just as well.

I like it as is.

Definitely couldn't be described as a fan of country, but this man's music is pure gold... All of it.
so melodic !   love it
 jas1776 wrote:
 
 
Good point Jas.  I have never seen the car commercial, and I listen to a lot of RP.  For me, this song is an unadulterated delight.
pretty good Chet Style guitarist imho
 beelzebubba wrote:

This song is amazing, but completely wrecked by the douche-bro ad men who thought it would be a cool idea to run auto insurance commercials with this song, ad nauseum. F*** you, douche-bros, F*** you, capitalist swine, everything you touch, you ruin. 



Is one solution to watch less TV and listen to more RP?
GREAT TUNE! ! I don't give a hoot about car commercials! I  just change  channels or hit the mute button on my TV  if they manage to butcher a great tune with voice-overs etc.!   
 jab49 wrote:

Incredible talent. I only have one Chet Atkins album - a duo with Mark Knopfler, called "Neck and Neck", abt 1991. I have to buy more.


Neck and Neck is highly recommended!!
 kremfresch wrote:

Couldn't have done it without permission. Why don't you want Chet's family to make a living?
Hmm, not interested in taking sides in the "advertising shouldn't use beloved music" argument, but this comment made me chuckle. I have a different definition of "making a living", I guess.

No wonder Dad liked this so much...
 VV wrote:

For me it was the commercial that got me interested in this tune. So that can't be bad. It was the same for me and the Volkswagon commercials when they used Pink Moon. Nick Drake wasn't really on my radar before then so it was the commercial that opened my eyes/ears to an artist/tune that I didn't really know much about before.

I mean c'mon... can you really bash advertising when someone is shrewd enough to pick a good tune?


My only question is what happened to all the advertising jingle writers? You never hear an original tune anymore.
Sounds like those Dobbie Bros. shorts songs in the early years. 
Woot! 
some tasty Chet Atkins tune. Thanks BillG 
i have fortunately never heard or seen the car commercial, thank goodness because this is amazing
 beelzebubba wrote:
This song is amazing, but completely wrecked by the douche-bro ad men who thought it would be a cool idea to run auto insurance commercials with this song, ad nauseum. F*** you, douche-bros, F*** you, capitalist swine, everything you touch, you ruin. 
 
Couldn't have done it without permission. Why don't you want Chet's family to make a living?
 SmackDaddy wrote:

You can't come to conclusions without data/information. 
 
In my experience, the lack of data/information has not stopped many people from arriving at conclusions.
 lizardking wrote:

One of the weirdest things about (trying to) avoid 'news' is that I still get a sense of what's going on based on the vibe I get from people.  And a few months ago, there was an ICE raid in my western Washington (i.e. almost as liberal as it gets....) neighborhood and I knew that happened just by the look of major concern on the faces of EVERYONE who looks a bit brown (me included) - and my darling wife has kept me appraised of what's been going on, much to my dismay.  

It isn't as much that I'm hiding my head in the sand as me actively wanting to SHUT OUT the noise and come to my own conclusions.  Which isn't the point of this forum though I appreciate communicating with people (like you two) and knowing that music can heal a lot of pain, or at least be a soft spot in this hard world.  Long Live RP and PEACE!!
 
You can't come to conclusions without data/information. 
OK I'm supposed to be vacuuming but I can't turn it on because of all these great tunes
boom chick
 bruceandjenna wrote:

If you ever come up for air on the news front, boy will you be surprised!

Completely agree on television.  Have not watched it for 30 years now.   We rent Netflix DVDs, which offers a superior selection to streaming.  And don't watch them much either.  RP and reading, that's most of it for us.

As for this song, Chet was one of the masters of the instrument.   Herein an example.
 

RP and reading.  Two of my most pleasurable activities.   
 bruceandjenna wrote:

If you ever come up for air on the news front, boy will you be surprised!

Completely agree on television.  Have not watched it for 30 years now.   We rent Netflix DVDs, which offers a superior selection to streaming.  And don't watch them much either.  RP and reading, that's most of it for us.

As for this song, Chet was one of the masters of the instrument.   Herein an example.
 
One of the weirdest things about (trying to) avoid 'news' is that I still get a sense of what's going on based on the vibe I get from people.  And a few months ago, there was an ICE raid in my western Washington (i.e. almost as liberal as it gets....) neighborhood and I knew that happened just by the look of major concern on the faces of EVERYONE who looks a bit brown (me included) - and my darling wife has kept me appraised of what's been going on, much to my dismay.  

It isn't as much that I'm hiding my head in the sand as me actively wanting to SHUT OUT the noise and come to my own conclusions.  Which isn't the point of this forum though I appreciate communicating with people (like you two) and knowing that music can heal a lot of pain, or at least be a soft spot in this hard world.  Long Live RP and PEACE!!
The definition of COOL BEANS
 lizardking wrote:

I haven't watched Television for about 8 months, and have avoided as much "news" or other "current event programming" as possible in that time; heck, RP is about as close to "social media" as it gets for me. 

And guess what?  I'm so much happier and have enjoyed life a LOT more.  LONG LIVE RP and PEACE!!!

 
If you ever come up for air on the news front, boy will you be surprised!

Completely agree on television.  Have not watched it for 30 years now.   We rent Netflix DVDs, which offers a superior selection to streaming.  And don't watch them much either.  RP and reading, that's most of it for us.

As for this song, Chet was one of the masters of the instrument.   Herein an example.
Love the sound of those big hollow body electrics. Solid 8 from me for the sound and the musicianship
 sfyi2001 wrote:

{#Crown}
 
*bump*
 haljordan wrote:


You know the fix? Stop watching television or listening to non-listener supported radio. I did, and it is bliss.
 
You are 100% correct, haljordan….and I agree, the bliss you speak of is real!!  Long Live RP and short live b.s.!!
To me,  anything that turns me onto music I haven't heard is just a referral.   The referral can be sentimental or irritating but the commercials fade quickly  if I really like the music.
 beelzebubba wrote:
This song is amazing, but completely wrecked by the douche-bro ad men who thought it would be a cool idea to run auto insurance commercials with this song, ad nauseum. F*** you, douche-bros, F*** you, capitalist swine, everything you touch, you ruin. 
 

You know the fix? Stop watching television or listening to non-listener supported radio. I did, and it is bliss.
This man could PLAY.  My Dad loved his work - sends me back in time.

{#Crown}
 DrLex wrote:

I always made it a personal contest to hit the mute button as quickly as possible when commercials started. Then I simply gave up on watching TV altogether. That was about 8 years ago and I never had the feeling I have been missing out on anything.

 
I haven't watched Television for about 8 months, and have avoided as much "news" or other "current event programming" as possible in that time; heck, RP is about as close to "social media" as it gets for me. 

And guess what?  I'm so much happier and have enjoyed life a LOT more.  LONG LIVE RP and PEACE!!!

Super cute!
"Turn down the lights or we'll send Owsley to get ya".   Oh, sorry, wrong song, wrong band. This track is one any guitar player should learn. 
The 
sweetness and light of a
 god.
This song is amazing, but completely wrecked by the douche-bro ad men who thought it would be a cool idea to run auto insurance commercials with this song, ad nauseum. F*** you, douche-bros, F*** you, capitalist swine, everything you touch, you ruin. 
 Chumbawamba-1984 wrote:

Not even close. You are comparing a jazz- and tzigane-inspired artist with a country music player. 

 
Clearly you are not a musician. So called "country players" like Jerry Reed and Chet could hold their own with anyone, including Django 
Certified guitar player. 
Sooooooo.  This is where the commercial jingle came from!


{#Crown}
That's how you play that damn thing, I guess.
Oh.  I was thinking of Claude Atkins the actor.
Like this but he kinda creeps me out cuz he looks like George Bush
 Chumbawamba-1984 wrote:

Not even close. You are comparing a jazz- and tzigane-inspired artist with a country music player. 

 
Maybe you're not familiar with Atkins' work, but he was much more than a "country music player".  How he compares to Django Reinhardt is a different matter, but Atkins certainly admired and emulated Reinhardt's work.
 dtoohey wrote:
America's Django
 

 
Not even close. You are comparing a jazz- and tzigane-inspired artist with a country music player. 
 jab49 wrote:
Incredible talent. I only have one Chet Atkins album - a duo with Mark Knopfler, called "Neck and Neck", abt 1991. I have to buy more.

 
Check out "Sails."  It's beautiful, and you'll love it!
Very nice
Incredible talent. I only have one Chet Atkins album - a duo with Mark Knopfler, called "Neck and Neck", abt 1991. I have to buy more.
 gandalfbmg wrote:

Advertising ruins everything. When I heard this now all I can think about is car insurance...



 
For me it was the commercial that got me interested in this tune. So that can't be bad. It was the same for me and the Volkswagon commercials when they used Pink Moon. Nick Drake wasn't really on my radar before then so it was the commercial that opened my eyes/ears to an artist/tune that I didn't really know much about before.

I mean c'mon... can you really bash advertising when someone is shrewd enough to pick a good tune?
America's Django
 
 bartverheijen wrote:

This is one of the main reasons I always turn to another channel as soon as a commercial starts. I resist my brain being trained by commercial propaganda.

Now, I can enjoy this tune ...

 
I always made it a personal contest to hit the mute button as quickly as possible when commercials started. Then I simply gave up on watching TV altogether. That was about 8 years ago and I never had the feeling I have been missing out on anything.
Beautiful.  What a talent.
Bill will leave the light on for ya...
My favorite Chet Atkins quote:

Once when I was on a cruise ship I was practicing on deck and drew a little crowd. When I was done, one lady told me "You're good but you're no Chet Atkins."

Actually, it's the only Chet Atkins quote I know.  ;-) 
Tommy Emmanuel gives an interesting talk on Chet Atkin's technique and his influence
 gandalfbmg wrote:

Advertising ruins everything. When I heard this now all I can think about is car insurance...



 
This is one of the main reasons I always turn to another channel as soon as a commercial starts. I resist my brain being trained by commercial propaganda.

Now, I can enjoy this tune ...
Mellow song for a mellow afternoon.  Like it!
Love it. Awesome track and glad to hear some Atkins on RP.
Sweet.
 
 ojibwe wrote:

I keep thinking of Tom Bodette.

 
esurance will leave the lights on.... 
Suddenly I feel like buying insurance. Odd...
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Usually when I hear this song, it's behind someone's voice trying to sell me insurance.

 
which is too bad cause it's actually a nice song!
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Usually when I hear this song, it's behind someone's voice trying to sell me insurance.
 
I keep thinking of Tom Bodette.
Usually when I hear this song, it's behind someone's voice trying to sell me insurance.
{#Bananajam}
This is used on a TV commercial here in Spokane, WA, but since I usually don't pay attention to commercials, I won't know what it's for until it comes on again.  Now that I've heard the song on RP, I'll pay more attention to see what commercial it's attached to.  It's nice to hear that the song was recorded by a master!
Why do I have an overwhelming urge to buy insurance? Strange....{#Think}
I hear a little Les Paul in there..... quite a  tribute. I also like Atkins-Knophler album. Fun.

If they use Beethoven to sell string cheese, nothing is exempt.

 

Relax and enjoy unhampered  by distractions.


 grazie wrote: boy thanks for that update lol
I just switched channels on hearing this again.

 


Chet was loved and idolized by pretty much all the big  rock guitarists. One of my favourites being Steve Howe. Some his stuff you might think was tribute to Chet or maybe even something he stumbled onto trying to learn an Atkins bit.
 Proclivities wrote:

I have no idea who John Krazinski and Jim Halpert are.  Apparently I'm better off not knowing.

 
I'm with you. Sometimes, apparently, ignorance *is* bliss.
Had no idea this Chet Atkins. Outstanding
I have this excellent album. Being European, I haven't the association with insurance commercials but I can imagine the irritation. Chet was the consummate professional and a peerless guitarist. He's sadly missed in this house. 
 gjr wrote:
born online, raised by technology and......and......and....get me a gun to shoot my television 

 
you don't need a gun, it has an on/off switch

I was a little saddened to hear this on that insurance commercial, but that is the way of the world now days, isn't it. 
I just switched channels on hearing this again.
 gandalfbmg wrote:


Yes, all I can think of with this song now is John Krazinski's voice and buying insurance... bleh!

 
I have no idea who John Krazinski and Jim Halpert are.  Apparently I'm better off not knowing.
 gjr wrote:
born online, raised by technology and......and......and....get me a gun to shoot my television 

 

Yes, all I can think of with this song now is John Krazinski's voice and buying insurance... bleh!
born online, raised by technology and......and......and....get me a gun to shoot my television 
Everyone already beat me to this, but I was just going to say that I watch too much TV since I feel like Jim Halpert is going to try to sell me insurance now.
this 1 is growing on me. I just switched my rating from a 72 an 8.
 gandalfbmg wrote:

Advertising ruins everything. When I heard this now all I can think about is car insurance...

 
Must ...  Fight ... Sudden ... Urge ... to buy insurance from Jim Halpert.
Fan-bloody-tastic every time I hear it.
Suns comes out! {#Sunny}
minimalist perfection

Advertising ruins everything. When I heard this now all I can think about is car insurance...


Man, this is good!
Chet was one of the greatest guitarists ever - very few come close to him... {#Guitarist} Nothing short of genius!
 meauclaire wrote:

Makes me want to book a room at a Motel 6

 
Is that a positive or negative review of this tune?
 Shesdifferent wrote:
I now hate this officially since Esurance picked it up as their theme song.
 
Sorry to be rude, but that is one sorry-ass reason for hating on a tune by one of the world's greatest guitar masters.  Solution: Watch less TV.  {#Rolleyes}
I now hate this officially since Esurance picked it up as their theme song.
 meauclaire wrote:

Makes me want to book a room at a Motel 6

 
Ha!   We'll leave the light on for ya !
Perfection.
 jhorton wrote:
So boring!
 
Yeah? Choke on it.
So boring!
Just pressed "PSD" button for the first time (Got tired of listening to Beth Orton - She cries your name after minute-and-a-half) and this gem comes up! I'm going to press "PSD" every other song if this is the result! :)

Makes me want to book a room at a Motel 6


I can essure you this is a good tune.
Good call.
The harmonic picking right before the end is fabulous! This man was truely a remarkable guitarist (with very long fingers {#Eh}).
 HazzeSwede wrote:
Clear & Crisp

Love the guitar on the cover.
 
Nothing like a hollow-body. Sweet.

sublime. timeless awesomeness.
Clear & Crisp

Love the guitar on the cover.
Breath of fresh air. Chet really influenced a lot of muzos. {#Notworthy}
Cooool...{#Cowboy}
 forge wrote:


(in reference to the awesome charicature) I dunno that Jimmy Page really belongs there with the rest; he's rather a lot of a hack compared to Chet, and Jimi, and Frank, and Carlos.... =  )
 
I'm going to assume you made that Jimmy Page comment to get attention. ALL of them are "hacks" - in the sense that they were influenced by prior guitar greats. That shouldn't factor in to what they've all accomplished on their own. Acknowledge the influences, but also give kudos to what they produced as a result of their influences.  Page more than paid his dues. (I'd add Brian May to this list, because dammit, he BUILT his own guitar.)

I absolutely love Chet Atkins' music. It was the one guitar that Mom, Dad, and I could listen to in total agreement. I cherish those moments a lot more these days...

Fantastic set. Thanks RP.

What I noticed about that pic that's strange is that Page is the only one with long fingernails on his left (fretting) hand.  That is definitely not what I'm used to seeing in guitar players.
 DigitalJer wrote:

 

(in reference to the awesome charicature) I dunno that Jimmy Page really belongs there with the rest; he's rather a lot of a hack compared to Chet, and Jimi, and Frank, and Carlos.... =  )
Musta been painful for Chet's mama giving birth to that semihollow Gibson along with Chet.
Jam-a-la-ma! {#Wave}{#Notworthy}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}
So is that Larry Coryell at the bottom right? or Jimmy Page?
 calypsus_1 wrote:

Nov cover of Guitar Player by ~jasonseiler
Jason Seiler   ©2007-2010 ~jasonseiler

I can finally post the work I did for Guitar Player magazine. This was a killer to do because I only had a four days to complete the cover. It was nuts, had to pull an all nighter, drank many Monster energy drinks, and the rest is history! I'm really happy with how Zappa's guitar turned out, even though it was a lot of work. Zappa has a distinct SG, very unique and personalized, so when painting his guitar I knew I wasn't going to get away with just painting any old SG, it had to be his . . . with all the nicks and scratches, the whole SHA-BANG!

SWEET!  I just love this painting!  Thank you so much for sharing that :)  (adds new wallpaper)
 


Tasty!
 shutter wrote:

You need to check out the album, "Neck and Neck" they did together. A really enjoyable listen.
 
Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler?  Together?  HOW did I miss this one?  *scurries off to find it, buy it, and get into serious messes with credit card company...*

 calypsus_1 wrote:

Nov cover of Guitar Player by ~jasonseiler
Jason Seiler   ©2007-2010 ~jasonseiler

I can finally post the work I did for Guitar Player magazine. This was a killer to do because I only had a four days to complete the cover. It was nuts, had to pull an all nighter, drank many Monster energy drinks, and the rest is history! I'm really happy with how Zappa's guitar turned out, even though it was a lot of work. Zappa has a distinct SG, very unique and personalized, so when painting his guitar I knew I wasn't going to get away with just painting any old SG, it had to be his . . . with all the nicks and scratches, the whole SHA-BANG!



 
This is SO great. All the detail, the caricatures of the guitar-greats... Thanks, calypsus_1 - and thanks to Jason Seiler for his beautiful artwork! Geez, I love living here....