A Session with Chet Atkins

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A Session with Chet Atkins
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Studio album by Chet Atkins
Released December 1954
Genre Country, pop
Length 33:09
Label RCA Victor LPM-1090 (Mono)
Chet Atkins chronology
Stringin' Along with Chet Atkins
A Session with Chet Atkins
Stringin' Along with Chet Atkins
Alternative Cover
The 1961 re-issue LP cover.

A Session with Chet Atkins is the title of a recording by American guitarist Chet Atkins. It features Atkins introducing standard pop and jazz melded with country sensibilities. The liner notes state this is the first use of a celeste on a country record. The musicians include Homer and Jethro in the rhythm section. Atkins uses his new EchoSonic amplifier for the first time on his recordings.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]

Allmusic music critic Richard S. Ginell praised the album and wrote "With a roomful of crack Nashville session men, Chet Atkins' first 12-inch album is one joyful, yet sophisticated and controlled compilation of mostly standard pop and jazz tunes all decked out country-style."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "South" (Ray Charles, Thamon Hayes, Bennie Moten) – 2:45
  2. "(Back Home Again in) Indiana" (James F. Hanley, Ballard MacDonald) – 3:20
  3. "Alabama Jubilee" (George Cobb, Jack Yellen) – 2:35
  4. "Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)" (George Brown, Peter DeRose) – 2:40
  5. "Red Wing" (Kerry Mills) – 2:22
  6. "Ol' Man River" (Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 2:32

Side two[edit]

  1. "Caravan" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Juan Tizol) – 3:25
  2. "Corrine, Corrina" (Chatmon, Mitchell Parish, J. Mayo Williams) – 2:20
  3. "The Birth of the Blues" (Lew Brown, Buddy G. DeSylva, Ray Henderson) – 3:20
  4. "A Gay Ranchero" (J. J. Espinosa, Francia Luban) – 2:35
  5. "Frankie and Johnny" (Traditional) – 2:35
  6. "Honeysuckle Rose" (Andy Razaf, Fats Waller) – 2:40

A 2-EP gatefold with the red cover was released in 1955. The tracks were:

  1. "South"
  2. "Alabama Jubilee"
  3. "The Birth of the Blues"
  4. "A Gay Ranchero"
  5. "Have You Ever Been Lonely"
  6. "Frankie and Johnny"



  1. ^ Atkins, Chet and Cochran, Russ. (2003). "Me and My Guitars". Milwaukee. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 0-634-05565-8.
  2. ^ a b Ginell, Richard S. "A Session with Chet Atkins > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 2, 2011.