35TH ANNUAL CONVENTION JULY 10–13, 2019
The CAAS Convention is held each year in mid-July at the Music City Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Attendees enjoy four fully-packed days and nights of the music of Chet, along with learning, jamming, and just hanging out. The styles you'll hear range from gypsy jazz in the style of Django Reinhart - through classical, pop, and country - to the music of Merle Travis and Jerry Reed, a musical legacy spanning six decades. Along with Chet's memorable legacy, you'll experience the music of those he has influenced, now taking his music and their own all over the world. The performers at the convention are a virtual Who's Who of the guitar world. Past conventions have featured appearances by such greats as Jerry Reed, Earl Klugh, Steve Wariner, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Tommy Emmanuel, Paul Yandell, Doc Watson, Mark O'Connor, Marcel Dadi, Jorge Morel, Suzy Bogguss, Boots Randolph, Los Indios Tabajaras, and other world-class performers. Each year the convention hosts 60+ guest artists, who perform stage concerts, intimate close-up sessions, and top-notch workshops for attendees.
Each day kicks off with an attendee open mike session on the main stage, followed by artist performances and workshops, and up-close performances, all running concurrently on the stages and in nearby meeting rooms. Each night, there are concerts on the main stage until late evening. The event culminates on Saturday night with a gala Chet Atkins tribute concert, with surprise special guests, as well as international guest artists. Along with musical performances and workshops, you'll find tons of jam session opportunities, and a vendor area with guitar makers, and companies like Gretsch Guitars, Maton, Godin, and Artisan Guitars.
In recent years we've seen a wave of young players from all over the world who have acquired the title "Young Thumbs." Through the efforts of mentors like Dr. John Knowles and Tommy Emmanuel, they show up in force each year and dazzle us with their music and guitar skills. We are also blessed with the amazing talents of the Endless Road Strings, a quartet of orchestra players who devote themselves to arranging and learning the music of Chet and back up many of the performers at the convention. As well, there is a group of red-hot pro sidemen who make themselves available as a "house band" for various shows at the convention.
All said, the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention is a wonderful place to meet fellow pickers, make new friends, steal as many licks as you can, and celebrate the music of one of the greatest musicians the world has ever known.
Most attendees stay at the Sheraton Music City Hotel, for easy access to all convention events, food, amenities, and more, The nearby area also features a number of hotels in various types and price ranges. If you plan to stay at the Sheraton, it is a good idea to book early -- rooms for convention week tend to sell out several months before the convention
To attend the convention, click the Registration button on this page, print out a form, fill in your information and send it to CAAS. See you in Nashville!