Atkins is considered one of the chief architects of the "Nashville sound,” which helped push country music into the popular consciousness. But he wasn’t defined by the genre, dabbling in swing, jazz, rockabilly and pop music among others.
"I certainly have always had a love for his music and what he’s done for the music industry and in the music industry,” Wariner said. "But also just as a friend. Everybody loves Chet. Everybody who knows him loves him. I just wanted to some kind of way, in my way, say thanks and pay back and pay homage to him.”
The nomination of "Producer’s Medley” as best country instrumental is Wariner’s 11th Grammy nod.
He’s already won three for collaborations with other artists.
"Producer’s Medley” is comprised of some of Atkins’ hits as a producer. There are pieces of songs from Perry Como, Jim Reeves, The Browns, Don Gibson, Al Hirt, The Everly Brothers, Skeeter Davis and Jerry Reed.