The staff of Guitar Player has chosen the Ventures’ Nokie Edwards as the recipient of the magazine’s 2009 Legend Award. The groovy golden medallion will be presented to the guitarist at Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night, July 18, at the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Edwards’ resonant, full-bodied picking and crafty melodic sensibility powered many of the Ventures’ classic hits, and helped make the group the best-selling instrumental act ever, with more than 100 million records sold. A full report on the award festivities and All-Star Guitar Night can be found in our November issue. Past GP Legends include Les Paul, Duane Eddy, Dick Dale, Larry Carlton, and Tommy Emmanuel.