Eddie Pennington



Biography

Eddie Pennington, born and raised in Western Kentucky, performs in a guitar style that arose early in this century in Muhlenberg County. He has done much to preserve the style made famous by Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. Travis and Atkins were both inspired by Mose Rager, the man who laid down the foundations of this technique. Eddie, also deeply influenced by Rager, remembers that he seemed to be able to make the guitar breathe as he played. The music itself sounds simple, but in fact is an intricate combination of rhythm and melody and harmonies which are played simultaneously by one "picker." The sound is therefore complete by itself, and needs no enhancement from a backup rhythm guitar. Eddie has performed such venues as Wolf Trap, the Atlanta Olympic Games, the Smithsonian Institute, the 50th Anniversary of the Louisiana Hayride (where Elvis, Hank Williams and Johnny Horton began their careers). He has toured both coasts as a Master of the Steel String Guitar. He is in demand at many festivals across the country. He is known as far away as France not only for his extraordinary musical talent, but also for his humor and entertaining stage presence. His audiences enjoy his homespun performances which combine country wit and wisdom with extraordinary talent. He makes his style of playing seem easy because he has mastered it and made it his own. The listener responds to him because he touches us deeply. Even in a large crowd, he plays to us individually. Each listener is his entire audience. Our smiles are his reward. And one can't help but smile. At the end of each performance, the audience comes to its feet in thunderous applause for this unassuming yet incredibly gifted master of the steel string guitar.
Eddie Pennington