The Canton Community Concert Association presents Nashville Legacy at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Canton High School Auditorium.

The Canton Community Concert Association presents Nashville Legacy at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Canton High School Auditorium.

This performance is the second concert of the 2018-2019 season for the Canton Community Concert Association. Admission to Community Concerts is by membership only. The Community Concerts are funded in part by funds from the City of Canton Hotel/Motel Tax. For more information, call 647-7170.

Floyd Cramer and Chet Atkins: two legends at their instruments, two giants in the music industry. Cramer’s unique “slip note” piano style was an essential part of countless country, pop and rock hits in the 1950s and 60s. Exemplified by his 1960 smash hit, “Last Date,” his distinctive touch is instantly identifiable, and is widely regarded as the standard for country piano.

Chet Atkins is known as one of the world’s preeminent guitar virtuosos and most prolific record producers. His innovative thumb-and-two-finger style brought him unparalleled success as a guitarist, and many of the records he produced for RCA have become classics.

The two have each been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Country Music Halls of Fame, and their names have become synonymous with the “Nashville Sound” they helped to pioneer, as well as their unique methods of playing the piano and guitar. Although they both lost their lives to cancer (Cramer in 1997 and Atkins in 2001,) their Nashville Legacy lives on today through their grandchildren: Cramer’s grandson, pianist Jason Coleman, and Atkins’s niece, guitarist Meagan Taylor.

From a young age, it was evident Coleman had inherited his grandfather’s “slip note” touch at the piano, as it managed to “slip” its way into even the most elementary songs from his early piano lessons. His keen ability to play music by ear led to a childhood spent arranging his own renditions of the songs he loved, just as his “Grandad” did throughout his career. In addition to sharing the piano bench at home, Coleman grew up performing with Cramer at his concerts and on national TV, and though he was only 12 years old when Cramer passed away, the close relationship they shared formed the foundation upon which Jason has built his own career in music.

Coleman made his Grand Ole Opry debut at age 17, and two years later he was given the honor of playing for the Medallion Ceremony recognizing Cramer’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Since then, he has spent his career in the studio and on stage, producing a collection of his own piano albums and touring across the country in concerts that pay tribute to his grandfather’s enduring legacy and signature piano style. Coleman makes his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife, Natalie, and their son, Avery.

Growing up in the family of a guitar legend, Taylor was surrounded by a heritage of music – but it was only after high school that she began to seriously develop her own musical talents. Though Atkins had taught her to play fiddle as a child, Taylor was 18 when she first picked up a guitar and turned to her “Uncle Chester” for help in the months before he passed away.

In the years since, Taylor has continued learning her uncle’s distinctive fingerstyle guitar from his closest friends and fans. She has recorded a guitar album of her own as well as two collaborations with Jason. Taylor, her husband Chris and their three children live in Franklin, Tenn.