Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tommy Emmanuel – my all-time favorite guitar player with a Nashville connection

Tommy Emmanuel, born and raised in Australia, student of Chet Atkins, currently based out of Nashville, and does over 300 concerts a year around the world. Here are five of my favorite samplings of his work, purposely arranged to tell his story: 1) Somewhere Over the Rainbow, 2) AmazingGrace (South Korea concert), 3) Guitar Boogie (stop at 8:10), 4) OneMan Band, and 5) Tommy and Chet (a little Christmas music).

Tommy has an amazing amount of music “out there.” Although he describes himself as a one-man band, he actually performs with a wide range of other performers, and he loves to make himself accessible to his audience, and to fledgling artists. I deeply respect him, as much for his humanity as I do for his amazing talent. Here is a small sampling of other performers that he has performed with: 1) his brother, Phil, 2) Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo from New York, 3) Emil Ernebro from Sweden, 4) Brad Paisley (Grand Ole Opry, Nashville), 5) Igor Presnyakov from Russia (paying tribute to Eric Clapton), 6) John Knowles from Nashville (How Deep is Your Love), 

Get in the Christmas Spirit by turning on some Christmas music by Tommy Emmanuel & Company, while you go and do other stuff on the internet:  

First eight are a sampling of Tommy Emmanuel's new album (2016), Christmas Memories...

Christmas Time (3:21) featuring TE, Pat Bergeson, Annie Sellick, and John Knowles
Jingle Bells (4:05) ditto
White Christmas (4:05) ditto
Winter Wonderland (2:59) ditto
Let It Snow (2:45) ditto

The Magic of Christmas Time (3:27) with Rick Price
White Christmas (3:17) with John Knowles at the Chet Atkins Tribute Concert in Franklin, TN
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1:55) with John Knowles
One Christmas Night (3:26) solo, written by TE 
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire (3:41) with John Knowles

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