This 1990 release sees Atkins harking back to his country roots. While some of these songs have a dated pop sound, his distinct finger picking style retains the country twang that he is known for.
Atkins has an uncanny ability to rework country classics such as "And I Love You So," "Make the World Go Away," and "Folsom Prison Blues" in ways no contemporary of his can. His rich tone and lyricism have always helped set him apart from other country guitarists, including his many imitators. Other selections, like "Java" and "Sweet Dreams," use lush string orchestras and tenor saxophone riffs to flesh out Atkins' unique improvisations. But his authentic country renditions such as "Rocky Top" and "Oh Lonesome Me" are the real jewels of COUNTRY GEMS.