The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World

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The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World
Studio album by Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel
Released March 11, 1997
Recorded CA Workshop, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Bluegrass
Label Sony
Chet Atkins chronology
Almost Alone
The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World
Guitar Legend: The RCA Years
Tommy Emmanuel chronology
Midnight Drive
The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World

The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World is an album by US guitar player Chet Atkins with Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. Recorded when Atkins was 73, this would be his last release of original material in the 20th century.

"Smokey Mountain Lullaby" was nominated for the 1997 Grammy award for Country Instrumental Performance but did not win.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Country Standard Time (no rating) [2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Borsalino” (Bolling, Delamoe; Fishman)
  2. "To 'B' Or Not To 'B'" (Atkins, Goodrum)
  3. "The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World" (Kaitz, Pomeroy; Atkins)
  4. "Tip Toe Through the Bluegrass" (Atkins)
  5. "News From the Outback" (Atkins)
  6. "Ode to Mel Bay" (Granda, Denny; Atkins)
  7. "Dixie McGuire" (Emmanuel)
  8. "Saltwater" (M. & L. Spiro, Julian Lennon)
  9. "Mr. Guitar" (Emmanuel)
  10. "Road To Gundagai/Waltzing Matilda" (Trad.)
  11. "Smokey Mountain Lullaby" (Atkins)


  • Chet Atkins - guitar
  • Tommy Emmanuel - guitar, bass, brushes
  • Randy Goodrum - keyboards (on 11,9,8,7,2,1)
  • Johnny Gimble - bad fiddle (on 6), good fiddle (on 3,4,5,6)
  • Paul Yandell - guitar (on 5)
  • Terry McMillan - conga, harmonica, Jew's harp (on 1,2,3,5,6)
  • Clark Hagen - guitar (on 6)
  • Giles Reeves - drums, acoustic bass (on 11)
  • Recorded at CA Workshop, Nashville, Tennessee; Recording engineer: Clark Hagan.
  • Mixed by Chuck Ainlay at Saoundstage, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Mastered by Danny Purcell, assisted by Jonathan Russell.
  • Digitally edited by Don Cobb & Carlos Grier at Georgetown Masters, Nashville, Tennessee.