Atkins' signature tune is swapped backed and forth seamlessly.
This song can be found the Grammy Award winning collaboration Neck and Neck, recorded in 1988 after Mark Knopfler began splitting time between Glasgow and Nashville.
Imagine by John Lennon. This particular cut was performed in the early 1990s, I think. It came off a tribute DVD called Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player dB-D
In the end every musician knows you have to get naked with the music.
Chet Atkins did not start out as a guitarist. His family said he should be a fiddler. But, at nine years old, he rebelled and traded a pistol for a guitar. He was a wild man ever after. On stage and off, Chet Atkins was one of the half dozen people who created Nashville Music as we know it. Like the truly great, power was thrust upon him; and, he shucked it as soon as he decently could. Of course, he kept playing and singing his whole life. He would have done that anyway.
It's been 11 years or so since old Chet has gone; but, Mark Knopfler's still going strong. Let's all keep going strong in good cheer, in civility and in hope.