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Digital Subscriptions > Country Music > Apr/May 2019: Classic Country! > THE SOUND OF MONEY


Anyone who sees Nashville as the home of country music is mistaken. Nashville is the home of country business. And it took over in the 60s…
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There’s probably one anecdote everyone knows about Chet Atkins. Chet, guitar genius and lauded RCA producer and A&R man of the 1960s, was fond of cheerily confronting journalists with “Aren’t you going to ask me about The Nashville Sound?” At which point Chet would jingle some coins in his hand over the microphone. “It’s the sound of money.”

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