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It’s fair to say that we like a little variety with our exceptional pickin’ at Guitar Masters. And our September edition will deliver just that…and then some!

Guitarist and harmonica player Pat Bergeson has written, toured, and recorded with many of his musical heroes. From his Midwest roots, his journey first led him to New York City where he picked up a Jazz Studies degree and spent ten years in the Big Apple music scene. Then, at the request of Chet Atkins, who heard Pat on a demo tape, he moved to Nashville and was invited to join Chet and Jerry Reed in the recording of their classic album “Sneakin’ Around.” Pat continued to record and tour with Chet and was named one of his top 12 favorite guitarists in the October, 2001, edition of “Vintage Guitar” magazine. Not bad for an Illinois farm boy!

A versatile guitarist and harmonica player, Pat’s style incorporates jazz, blues, rock and finger style and he is known for his session work with Michael McDonald, Peter Frampton, and Tommy Emmanuel to name just a few. His resume includes a four-year stint as a member of Lyle Lovett’s Large Band, recording credit on several Grammy-winning albums, as well as contributions to many movie soundtracks.

For his first visit to the Guitar Masters stage, Pat will be joined by his wife, celebrated jazz vocalist, Annie Sellick. Totally at home as a live performer, Annie immediately engages her audience with an innate ability to make everyone in the room feel as if she is performing just for them. We could go on name-dropping for a couple of pages, but suffice it to say, Annie has made her indelible mark in the world of jazz singers and is a stunning visual performer.

You would think that Pat and Annie would, by themselves, deliver another unique Guitar Masters show. And you would be correct. But, they have also invited their friend and bandmate, legendary Nashville guitarist, Richard Smith, to round out the group. Not surprising, since they comprise one half of the “Hot Club of Nashville,” one of Music City’s most sought after performing troupes.

We’re returning to the ultra-cool Spotlight Theatre for this show. If you were with us for Brooks & John’s concert earlier this month, you’ll know just how wonderfully intimate the Spotlight is.

But, you’ll also know that, with just 100 seats, we’ll sell out quickly! This will be a show for the ages, so don’t wait to get your tickets. It’s a cheap date at just $30.

Don’t forget, we’re at the Spotlight Theatre, downtown, for this show, and seating is limited to the first 100 reservations, so click on the link and pick up your tix real soon.

As always, we’re so thankful for our wonderful sponsors and, of course, for the loyal support of Guitar Masters fans.

Remember, doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:30pm.

Here’s a sample of the trio in action:


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