I was born in a little white weather boarded house on Leesville Road in Campbell County, Virginia on the seventeenth day of November 1943. I am a saw miller's son. I grew up in the country and I am proud to say that I like to think of myself as a country gentleman. I graduated from Brookville High School, and later earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree from the School of Business at Lynchburg College, in Lynchburg, Virginia. While at college I took music appreciation where I was exposed to the works of the classical masters such as Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and many others. This greatly enhanced my love and appreciation for music. I now enjoy listening to all types of music. However, I am of the opinion that for myself I enjoy listening to soft pleasing melodies with their many variations, as opposed to unmelodic ones we sometimes hear today.
I was only seven years old when I first heard "Chet Atkins" play the guitar. Immediately I fell in love with the music and the guitar. I remember thinking to myself how could it be that only one man and one guitar could make the musical sounds of a whole orchestra? From that moment on I have sought to play and enjoy the "Chet Atkins" style of guitar.
When I was about ten years old my uncle nicknamed me "Little Chet." I suppose it was because I was trying so hard to learn the style of play. My parents were going insane from hearing me practicing hour after hour day after day. It didn't take long for our whole community to learn what I was trying to do. Many thought it was hopeless and many times I thought so too. Over the years instead of trying to play songs of others, I have sought to create my own melodies and lyrics. Because of my earlier conditioning of attempting to play the "Atkins" style it's the only style I'm comfortable with today.
The "Solitude Collection" CD is an assortment of melodies fostered out of personal depression, love and joy. It has been from such life experiences that I have been able to find inspiration to write lyrics and create melodies. I give GOD full credit for any and all talents that I may possess.
I now make my home in Humble, Texas. I love Texas and the Texas People! There is nowhere on this earth that I would rather be than right here in Texas. To me there seems to be such a vibrant energy here like no other place I have ever known. I consider Texas to be my one and only home.
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2. Joggin' Along With My Baby
3. All These Years
4. Play The Happy Song
5. Time Hasn't Changed A Thing
7. You Expect Me To Do It All
8. The Penitence Song
9. This Isn't Make Believe
10. True Love
11. Can You Say It Ain't So?
12. Back Away Now Friend