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
Released11 March 1997
RecordedCA Workshop, Nashville, Tennessee
LabelColumbia Records
Chet Atkins chronology
Almost Alone
The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World
Guitar Legend: The RCA Years
Tommy Emmanuel chronology
Can't Get Enough
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 was his last release of original material in the 20th century.

"Smokey Mountain Lullaby" was nominated for the 1997 Grammy award for Country Instrumental Performance.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

Richard S. Ginell from AllMusic said "Chet Atkins still had another great recording in him." adding "Atkins' tune "Tip Toe Through the Bluegrass" plays the two styles off each other quite revealingly. Emmanuel turns out to be a top-notch tunesmith in his own right, too. His "Dixie McGuire" a disarmingly affectionate mid-tempo tune that won't let you go, inspires a performance that is one of the high points of Atkins'." Ginell said "The title track, which Atkins adapted from a lyric that dealt with bass players finds the two reciting and singing a mock-horror flick tale -- and "Ode to Mel Bay" good-naturedly mocks beginning string players everywhere."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Compact Disc (481340)
1."Borsalino"Claude Bolling, Jack Fishman, Pierre Delanoë3:10
2."To 'B' or Not To 'B'"Chet Atkins, Randy Goodrum3:20
3."The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World"Atkins, Dave Pomeroy, Emily Kaitz3:39
4."Tip Toe Through the Bluegrass"Atkins3:07
5."New From the Outback"Atkins3:07
6."Ode to Mel Bay"Atkins, Mark Denny, Michael Granda2:55
7."Dixie McGuire"Tommy Emmanuel3:50
8."Saltwater"Julian Lennon, Mark Spiro, Leslie Spiro3:33
9."Mr. Guitar"Emmanuel2:52
10."Road To Gundaghi / Waltzing Matilda"Traditional, Banjo Patterson3:01
11."Smokey Mountain Lullaby"Atkins3:28



  1. ^ Allmusic
  2. ^ "The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 January 2018.