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Chet Atkins Family Bestows Final C.G.P. Honor on Paul Yandell

Paul Yandell CGPNashville, TN -- During his lifetime, the legendary Chet Atkins bestowed the title "C.G.P.," for "Certified Guitar Player," on only four guitar pickers: Tommy Emmanuel, John Knowles, the late Jerry Reed, and Steve Wariner. At a program Saturday marking the opening of the new Chet Atkins exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum®, Atkins' daughter Merle asked Steve Wariner to help her continue the tradition and read a proclamation that officially conferred the last and final "C.G.P." title on Paul Yandell, the master guitarist who had been Atkins' bandleader and confidant for over 30 years.

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