Article Contributed by SRO | Published on Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Morningstar Music Productions is thrilled to be collaborating with Opry Entertainment Group, Opry Store and Opry.com for WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOOD BYE – A Musicians’ Tribute to Chet Atkins as they will be the main selling channel for a variety of physical packages, including vinyl albums, limited edition numbered vinyl, and orange color vinyl and CDs. The album features 22 artists (read the full list of artists HERE) from the country, rock, bluegrass and acoustic musical realms with some of the world’s best artists and guitar players including Vince Gill, Eric Clapton, Tommy Emmanuel C.G.P., Ricky Skaggs, James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Sierra Hull, and many more.

The album, produced by 3x Grammy-winning, bluegrass and country songwriter/producer/guitarist Carl Jackson, will be supported with an engaging 1-hour documentary about the making of the album. The documentary was executive produced by Martin Fischer and produced and directed by Kathryn Russ for Opry Entertainment Group. Air dates and times for the documentary (TBA) will coincide with the album’s release and will also be available on DVD. Read more about the album HERE.

CHET ATKINS is the most recorded solo instrumentalist in music history who traveled far to become “Mr. Guitar.” The journey took the legendary icon from Appalachian poverty to international acclaim, from utter obscurity to three Halls of Fame. He is a 14x Grammy Award winner, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient, A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee. Now, for the very first time on one album, some of the world’s best guitar players and artists join together to pay a musicians’ tribute to the innovator, songwriter, producer, record company executive and visionary Chet Atkins, as Nashville and the music industry prepare to celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday on June 20. The album was produced by 3-x Grammy winning, bluegrass and country songwriter/producer/guitarist Carl Jackson, a longtime Glen Campbell collaborator, vocal arranger for TRIO II with Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. Jackson also produced the 2003 Grammy-winning Country Album of the Year Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’--Songs Of The Louvin Brothers. He has had songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Emmylou Harris, and Trisha Yearwood.


Morningstar Music Productions was created by executive producers and longtime great friends Rodger Glaspey and Ken Leister. The two partners performed in groups that recorded albums during the 70’s as collegians during the Folk/Rock invasion. Producer and musician Carl Jackson approached Rodger and Ken with the desire to produce an album to honor Chet Atkins. The temptation to executive produce an album in Nashville paying homage to Chet Atkins with some of the finest artists and guitar players in the world including Vince Gill, Tommy Emmanuel, Brad Paisley, and other greats was too captivating to pass up… and thus, Morningstar Music Productions was born, with their first album release We Still Can’t Say Good Bye - A Musicians’ Tribute To Chet Atkins out April 19.