Nashville Legacy: The Music of Floyd Cramer, Chet Atkins and The Nashville Sound
Featuring Jason Coleman, Floyd’s grandson, & Meagan Taylor, Chet’s niece.
Floyd Cramer and Chet Atkins. Two legends at their instruments, two giants in the music industry. Floyd Cramer’s unique “slip note” piano style was an essential part of countless country, pop, and rock hits in the 1950s and ‘60s and is widely regarded as the standard for country piano. Chet Atkins' innovative thumb-and-two-finger guitar style led him to become known as one of the world's preeminent guitar virtuosos, and many of the records he produced for RCA have become classics.
Though Floyd and Chet have passed away, their Nashville Legacy lives on through Floyd’s grandson, pianist Jason Coleman, and Chet’s niece, guitarist Meagan Taylor. In this concert, Jason and Meagan bring new life to the “Nashville Sound” pioneered by their legendary forerunners by playing songs like Floyd’s “Last Date” on piano and Chet’s “Freight Train” on guitar, as well as by singing the music of timeless artists like Patsy Cline, the Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, all of whose careers were impacted by Floyd and Chet.
"Thank you so much for helping arrange the NASHVILLE LEGACY performance at Wabash Valley College. Jason Coleman and Meagan Taylor are amazing artists. Their show is tightly and entertainingly produced. The visual projections, which accompanied their narratives about the Nashville Sound, were interestingly crafted. During Act II when they show original recordings of being with Floyd Cramer (Jason as a little boy with his Grandad Floyd) and Chet Atkins (Meagan as a little girl with her Uncle Chester) touched the heartstrings of our patrons. The segways from the video projections to the live performances were very smooth and spotless. Their musical stylings were true to Floyd and Chet arrangements. Jason and Meagan were masterful at interpreting, explaining and performing the wonderful music of Floyd Cramer and Chet Atkins. They performed with tremendous love and pride for their family. Our patrons are requesting a return performance in the coming years. With no reservations, we positively recommend the NASHVILLE LEGACY show." ~ Jerry Bayne, Brubeck Arts Center / Wabash Valley College