Kentucky Tourism

Pennington, Eddie

Princeton, KY


thumb-picking guitar CDs

Eddie Pennington, born and raised in Western Kentucky, performs in a guitar style that arose early in this century in Muhlenberg County. Pennington has done much to preserve this style of playing which has been made famous by guitarists Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. Travis and Atkins were both influenced by the great guitarist Mose Rager who laid down the foundations and techniques for this particular style of guitar playing.


Pennington is also influenced by Mose Rager. He remembers, “Mose seemed to be able to make the guitar breathe as he played.” This style of music, while sounding simple, is in fact an intricate combination of melody, rhythm and harmonies which are played simultaneously by one “picker.”


Eddie Pennington has performed at such venues as Wolf Trap, and the Smithsonian Institute. He has toured both coasts and is in demand at many festivals across the country where his musical talent is coupled with humor and an entertaining stage presence.


Eddie Pennington’s recordings can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, KY.