Friday, April 13, 2018
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“If you like guitar playing, it simply doesn’t get any better than Tommy.” – Jason Isbell
Grammy-nominated guitarist Tommy Emmanuel has achieved enough musical milestones to satisfy several lifetimes. At the age of six, he was touring regional Australia with his family band. By 30, he was a rock n’ roll lead guitarist burning up stadiums in Europe. At 44, he became one of five people ever named a Certified Guitar Player (CGP) by his idol, music icon Chet Atkins. Today, he plays hundreds of sold-out shows every year from Nashville to Sydney to London.
Influenced by the Merle Travis/Chet Atkins fingerstyle of guitar picking, Tommy developed a style of solo guitar playing that encompasses the range of a whole band– covering drums, bass, rhythm and lead guitar and a vocal melody simultaneously. No loop pedals, no overdubs, just one man and ten fingers. While some artists take ten-piece bands on the road and still fill out the sound with backing tracks, Tommy builds a complete sonic world entirely on his own.
At LOH, Tommy Emmanuel is joined by special guest Suzy Bogguss for a performance celebrating Accomplice One, his new album of collaborations with Bogguss, Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Jerry Douglas, Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman and more.