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Rick Foster's Remembrance of Chet Atkins

CD $16.00
Companion book of arrangements in notation and TAB exactly as played on this album $24.00

Album Description
"The first guitar album I ever heard was Chet Atkins Plays Back Home Hymns, which gave me a vision for arranging and performing sacred music for solo guitar. I'm pleased to present this collection of sacred music performed on one of Chet's greatest guitars."   —Rick Foster

Album Contents:

  • Growing Fruit
  • O, How I Love Jesus
  • In the Sweet By and By
  • Sarabande
  • Gavotte
  • Precious Lord, Take My Hand
  • Nothing but the Blood of Jesus
  • Holy, Holy, Holy
  • Just As I Am
  • This World Is Not My Home/I Am Bound for the Promised Land
  • Adam's Song
  • Serenade
  • Nearer, Still Nearer
  • America the Beautiful
  • Precious Memories

Album Reviews—What guitarists say about this album:

"As I listen to Rick Foster's Remembrance of Chet Atkins, I'm reminded of Chet's wide-ranging musical interests—his love of not only country music, but of classical, jazz, and even the old hymns, all of which are represented in this special collection. But more importantly, I realize that this record is about Rick Foster's love for Chet Atkins, his longtime friend and mentor. In this gentle, almost reverential, album, it's obvious that the pieces Rick chose are those that resonate most deeply within his own spirit, making the performances especially heartfelt. I can't recall when Rick's playing was ever better.

"The album's title brings to mind a conversation I had with Chet some ten years ago. 'The best way to be remembered,' he said, 'is through your music.' Chet wanted to be remembered. And Rick's memories are some of the fondest and finest."

John Schroeter
Founder, Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine

"Rick Foster was one of Chet's favorite players and close friends. He is an exceptional player—great tone and touch. On his new CD Rick is playing two guitars that Chet gave him. I think you will enjoy Rick's new CD as much as I have."

Paul Yandell
Chet's long time musical partner and traveling companion

"Rick, your new recording is very good—some of the nicest playing and tone I've heard."

John Standefer
U.S. National Fingerpicking Champion

"I listened to your CD—really excellent choice of material and everything is played so well. The tempos all seem so solid and so very musical. It all seems pretty close to perfect... and having it all played on Chet's guitars is a magical connection."

Mason Williams
Three time Grammy winner and composer of "Classical Gas"

"A great album by Rick reflecting his biggest influences and inspirations."

George Winston
Dancing Cat

"Your new CD is wonderful, Rick—great sound, great playing, great arrangements."

Scott Tennant
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, 2005 Grammy winner

"Rick Foster is a master craftsman on the guitar. His playing is both an act of worship and a wonderfully restful experience for the listener. His latest labor of love pays homage to Chet Atkins, who had a tender place for songs like these. Here they are played with great sensitivity and heart on the very guitars Chet played and enjoyed so much. Keep it up Rick—Chet would be proud."

Buddy Greene
Composer of "Mary Did You Know?"
Musician, Singer/Songwriter

"Rick Foster may be one of the luckiest musicians I know because he has found a purpose with his music, that purpose being to glorify God. Rick's playing is rich with expression and color, simply beautiful. May he share his faith and talent for many, many years."

Bill Piburn
Editor, Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine

"I REALLY enjoyed your CD. You have that rare ability to transport your listener's soul to a very special place. It was a treat to hear. What beautiful music!"

Douglas Niedt
First Place winner—Chet Atkins International Guitar Competition

"Rick Foster is a wonderful guitarist. His playing is characterized by purity of voicing and cleanliness of attack and style. His latest CD presents the best of Rick and offers a little bit of everything. In addition to the gospel favorites, Rick incorporates a number of classics also performed with masterful precision. I highly recommend this CD for the casual listener or guitar buff alike."

Bill Bay
President, Mel Bay Publications

"Often it's gentle musical messages that have the most power. That's why I love this new CD of hymn classics from Rick Foster. The strains of his guitar inspire, refresh, and help fix our eyes on the Savior whom he honors. I listen to it all the time!"

Joni Eareckson Tada
Joni and Friends

"There is some soothing power that comes over you when listening to this simple yet rich, pure, music!"

Doug Batchelor
Speaker, Amazing Facts Radio