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Re: Chet Atkins Musicians Days II - Witness History
« Reply #30 on: August 27, 2019, 12:59:07 pm »
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Re: Chet Atkins Musicians Days II - Witness History
« Reply #31 on: August 27, 2019, 07:35:04 pm »


Concert honoring Jennings, Cash, Bradley tugs at hearts
 
by Jay Orr, Staff Writer The Tennessean - Friday, June 26, 1998



"Give me the roses while I live," goes the old Carter Family song, and the Witness History II concert at the Ryman Auditorium was a massive bouquet to honorees Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Harold Bradley.
The late Owen Bradley--like Cash a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame--died earlier this year and was the only non-living recipient of a "Chettie" award at the event Wednesday night.

Cash, Jennings and session guitarist Harold Bradley were on hand for the 3-1/2 hour concert, anchored by British rocker and Atkins champion Mark Knopfler. Cash and Jennings joined Atkins, their friends and family as they looked on from couches at the rear of the Ryman stage.

For the second year, the Witness History concert is the keynote presentation for Chet Atkins' Musicians Days, continuing through Sunday in Nashville. The festival is aimed at stimulating citywide musical activity, honoring the musicians who make the music behind the stars and encouraging musical education for young people.

Where last year's inaugural Witness History concert offered a somewhat diffuse salute to Atkins, recipient of the first Chettie, this year's concert was focused, illuminating, entertaining and often moving.

Cash's former son-in-law, Marty Stuart, hosted the evening's first segment and started with a powerfully understated reading of Cash's Blue Train, supported by a superb "orchestra" including guitarists Richard Bennett and Brent Mason, steel guitarist Paul Franklin, drummer Chad Cromwell, bassist Glenn Worf, pianist Jim Cox, keyboardist Guy Fletcher and Knopfler himself.

Turning his attention to Jennings, Stuart said, "This song changed my life when I heard it. It's probably one of the Top 5 coolest songs in this town." Then, with mandolin, he performed an extended meditation on Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way, with a new Stuart-written verse that took a shot at "Karaoke cowboys" who don't know the words to Luckenbach, Texas.

Stuart made the first presentation of the evening--a framed gold record for his album Hillbilly Rock--to Cash.

In the celebration of non-conformists and pioneers, there were many highlights:
Travis Tritt slowed down Cash's I Walk the Line, with Knopfler playing guitar and followed with Jennings' I've Always Been Crazy, playing a black-and-white Jennings-style Fender Telecaster.
Referring to past antics by Jennings and Cash, Stuart told Tritt he had figured out how to earn a tribute concert--tell the Country Music Association to kiss off, record an album that wins a Grammy and nobody notices, and take out a $15,000 ad in Billboard and shoot the whole town a bird.

Without question, the emotional highlight of the evening came early when Kris Kristofferson performed his Sunday Morning Coming Down, made famous by Cash. Recently in ill health, Cash strode confidently to the mike to join Kristofferson on the last verse. After the song, they joined in a sincere embrace. "He didn't do that at soundcheck," a tearful Kristofferson said.

"This is the first stage I've walked on since last October," Cash said as he accepted his Chettie. "June kept saying, 'You can make it. You can do it'."

Mark Collie joined Jennings' road band, the Waylors, reunited after 15 years and anchored by drummer Richie Albright, for Rainy Day Woman and I Ain't Living Long Like This.

Accepting his Chettie, Jennings thanked Atkins for signing him to RCA and helping launch his country career. "In those days, if you had Chet Atkins' name on your record, it got played, no matter what.

Brenda Lee, standing on an equipment case, presented Owen Bradley's Chettie to his daughter Patsy Bradley and grandson Clay Bradley following performances by Mandy Barnett of Conway Twitty's Hello Darlin and Patsy Cline's Crazy, both produced originally by Bradley.

"My father loved music and all the people that made music," Patsy Bradley said.

Owen Bradley's brother, Harold Bradley, received a surprise Chettie in honor of his achievements as the "most recorded session guitarist in the history of popular music." Now president of the local chapter of the American Federation of Musicians Union, Bradley praised his brother and Atkins as "Men of high intelligence and great vision," and added "Let's continue to do this. This is wonderful."

Gillian Welch and partner Dave Rawlings took things in an acoustic direction with Tennessee Stud, their own Acony Bell, and Amanda.

On a night when guitars played a major role in the proceedings, John Anderson's honky-tonk vocals were superb on Don't Take Your Love To Town, Just to Satisfy You and Knopfler's When It Comes to You.

A member of the support cast through most of the evening, Knopfler stepped out front at the end for Setting Me Up; a beautiful arrangement of Cash's I Still Miss Someone , a newly penned saga about the Everly Brothers, Two Skinny Kids; Romeo & Juliet; and a dazzling 12-minute Sultans of Swing.

Atkins, sans cane, walked on stage at the end to present Knopfler with a new guitar and to join him in singing The Next Time I'm in Town, the same song with which the duo ended last year's Witness History concert.

With Atkins, Cash and Jennings back from bouts of ill health and with Bradley's recent passing, emotions were high throughout the concert. The near-capacity concert audience had to feel that they were part of a musical night for the ages.
 


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Re: Chet Atkins Musicians Days II - Witness History
« Reply #32 on: August 27, 2019, 07:50:58 pm »
That's the article I linked in the first post, from where I extracted the setlist and who played what.

Thanks for copying it here!
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« Reply #33 on: August 28, 2019, 10:14:40 am »
Another article:

http://www.martystuart.com/WitnessHistoryII-LAR.htm

This concert honored Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Owen and Harold Bradley. It was held at the Ryman Auditorium. Other artists performing included Kris Kristofferson, John Anderson, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. Leslie Anne Rawlings (no relation to Dave) shares her review with us.

First of all, Marty opened the show with his rendition of Johnny's "Blue Train." And then he did "Tempted." He used "Clarence" for both of those songs. Marty was dressed head to toe in black. He looked really good and the house just loved him. But, they hadn't seen the best yet....Marty started talking about Waylon and how much he loved him too. I guess at one time, Waylon pulled an "Oral Roberts." Marty asked the audience if they remembered when Oral Roberts said he needed to make $8,000,000 "or he would be called home." Waylon did something similar with his record "I Don't Think Hank Done It This Way."

The audience roared and then Marty grabbed his mandolin and did the song. Now, mind you, I've been to lots of Marty's shows and seen him do all kinds of things, but watching him play and sing that song that way just blew my mind! It was incredible! When he finished, the house lifted the roof! I was so proud and happy for Marty. He really deserved it. I'll bet he had a tear in his eye. Oh, I almost forgot...he added another verse. Marty told us if we liked it, then HE wrote it, but if we didn't, then Waylon wrote it. I can't remember all of it, but it did have something to do with "kickin' -ss."

Marty hosted the first part of the show, so we got to see a lot of him. He introduced "his Brother" (Travis Tritt) and he sang "I Walk The Line." Marty said Travis is the only one he knows of to have the guts to sing that song in front of Johnny. Afterwards, they were both at the podium and Marty told him that he figured out how to get a tribute show done about the two of them. "First," he said, "You've got to tick off the CMA." (The second I've been racking my brain...I forgot because I was laughing so hard.) The third is "to take an ad out in Billboard giving Music Row "The Bird." Marty asked Travis which one he wanted to do. He said he'd do the Billboard Ad! HA!

At one point, Travis and Marty were reading from their script and the copy was bad and Marty tripped up and said something dyslexic. Travis said, "That's schooling in Philadelphia, Mississippi for ya!"

Of course, one of the reasons for the evening was to give Chettie awards to Waylon and Johnny. Marty joked early in the evening that "they ought to give 'em to Jessi and June for putting up with them all these years!" An unexpected highlight was when Marty gave a plaque to Johnny. He told Johnny that part of the reason "Hillbilly Rock" went gold was because of "Cry, Cry, Cry." He had been waiting for a special occasion to present Johnny with a gold record and "this seemed perfect."

Later, Mark Knopfler came out to do his set and Marty backed him with his mandolin. Mark echoed everybody's thoughts when he turned to Marty before they started and said, "How you can play mandolin on this stage like THAT...I don't know." Marty just acknowledged him humbly, but I'll bet he was flipping out inside. I mean, here's Mark Knopfler, a great guitarist in his own right, bragging on "our" Marty! I was beaming like a proud mother up in the balcony.

Brenda Lee hosted the second half and presented Chetties to Owen and Harold Bradley. Also, Mark Collie was there and sang some of Waylon's songs. It was really good to see him again. I'm a big fan of him too. He's more into making movies now that Giant Records dropped him from the roster. Mandy Barnett was there to sing "Crazy" and "Hello Darlin'" for the Bradley segment.

The one moment that finally brought tears to my eyes was when Chet got up on stage to sing with Mark Knopfler "The Next Time I'm In Town" (a song that is on the "Neck To Neck" album they did together some time ago). Bless his heart....it was a bit of a struggle, but it was so precious. Chet would sing a bit of the chorus, then just stare in awe at Mark, Marty and the rest of the musicians as they played. Before the song, Chet presented Mark with one of his Gibson guitars. Marty was actually carrying it for him and Chet referred to Marty as "the kid has something for you." Marty handed the guitar to Mark and gave him Chet's regards. Very sweet!

All in all, it was a fantastic evening. It's nights like this that I'm glad I work at the Ryman.

Review by Leslie Anne Rawlings
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Re: Chet Atkins Musicians Days II - Witness History
« Reply #34 on: August 28, 2019, 10:50:07 am »
I would love to hear Mark playing on I Walk The Line :)

This paragraph is so emotional:

"one moment that finally brought tears to my eyes was when Chet got up on stage to sing with Mark Knopfler "The Next Time I'm In Town" (a song that is on the "Neck To Neck" album they did together some time ago). Bless his heart....it was a bit of a struggle, but it was so precious. Chet would sing a bit of the chorus, then just stare in awe at Mark, Marty and the rest of the musicians as they played. Before the song, Chet presented Mark with one of his Gibson guitars. Marty was actually carrying it for him and Chet referred to Marty as "the kid has something for you." Marty handed the guitar to Mark and gave him Chet's regards. Very sweet!"

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Re: Chet Atkins Musicians Days II - Witness History
« Reply #35 on: August 30, 2019, 03:40:03 pm »
Maybe the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society knows something?


https://www.chetsociety.com/

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Re: Chet Atkins Musicians Days II - Witness History
« Reply #36 on: September 01, 2019, 05:20:50 am »
Two days' event, then they put on a VHS video.  They may cut off some moments.
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« Reply #37 on: September 13, 2019, 02:54:41 pm »
If you watch the clip below, there is a clip at 0:50 where Chet walks on stage to great Mark, is that from this show? The rest of the video is heartbreaking though.

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« Reply #38 on: September 13, 2019, 03:17:27 pm »
Thank you, James.  You're right, it is heartbreaking.   Mark seems to be using similar phrases on this tour as Chet did about giving up going on the road. 
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« Reply #39 on: September 13, 2019, 03:26:32 pm »
Chet was 74 in that clip, only four years older than Mark. Of course Chet was ill, but I'm just saying age can take it's toll very quickly, as we have seen with Mark from 2015 to now. We better appreciate Mark as long as he's here and able to perform. Things may, or may not, go downhill very quickly.

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Re: Chet Atkins Musicians Days II - Witness History
« Reply #40 on: September 13, 2019, 03:35:11 pm »
If you watch the clip below, there is a clip at 0:50 where Chet walks on stage to great Mark, is that from this show? The rest of the video is heartbreaking though.



It's not from that concert, it doesn't fit with the pictures posted.

Mk also played at the  first Chet Atkins Musicians Days, so it can be from that one.
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« Reply #41 on: September 13, 2019, 09:08:27 pm »
If you watch the clip below, there is a clip at 0:50 where Chet walks on stage to great Mark, is that from this show? The rest of the video is heartbreaking though.



Totally heartbreaking. So sad to see such a great man reduced in such a manner.

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Re: Chet Atkins Musicians Days II - Witness History
« Reply #42 on: Today at 09:21:31 am »
I found some more pictures, they were sent printed by RICK BELLO to me in 1998 or 1999 and I just found them, let me shared them with you!

Here there are Kris Kristofferson and Johnie Cash. I recall one picture of Johnie Cash with MK, at least in the background, but seems it was one of the missing pictures in www.knopfler.net  :(
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« Reply #43 on: Today at 09:22:09 am »
They are too big but here at work I don't have any tool to reduce them , very sorry!
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« Reply #44 on: Today at 09:22:49 am »
with Marty Stuart
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