This week on the Thursday Night Special, we feature a special presentation from Grammy-nominated Australian musician Tommy Emmanuel, including a live performance and interview! Enjoy an hour of great music from a legendary artist.
About Mr. Emmanuel:
Two-time GRAMMY nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. With a professional career spanning five decades, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide.
His unusual talent and life are common lore in Australia: born into a musical family, Tommy got his first guitar at age 4 and was taught by his mother. He quickly learned by ear, with no formal instruction, and has never read music. By age 6 he was working as a professional musician in the family band (variously named The Emmanuel Quartet, The Midget Surfaries and The Trailblazers). By the age of 10, young Tommy had already played his way across Australia.
Chet Atkins honored Tommy with the title of “Certified Guitar Player” for his contribution to guitar music, a very rare distinction shared by only four other people in the world. After an amazing performance with his brother Phil at the Sydney Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, the world wanted to know who this mysterious Australian guitar virtuoso was. In 2001, Tommy released his first solo-acoustic album, ONLY http://bit.ly/17FQnNA and his popularity has grown by leaps and bounds aided by a non-stop touring schedule and increasing exposure in the media.
His album The Mystery http://bit.ly/VSwM0o earned him another Grammy nomination, and in 2008 Guitar Player Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine named him Best Acoustic Guitarist and Gold Medalist in the in the Readers’ Choice and Players’ Choice Awards. Guitar Player’s 2010 Readers Choice awards named him Best Acoustic Guitarist for the second time!
In all, Tommy’s catalogue includes over 20 musical recordings of solos, duets, ensembles, cover tunes, originals, utilizing both electric and acoustic guitar. He has made 6 live performance DVDs, 6 additional instructional DVDs and CDRoms, and he regularly teaches master classes while on the road.
Earlier this year, Tommy released “The Colonel and the Governor”, a jazz-inspired duet album recorded with the equally talented Martin Taylor http://bit.ly/Ylaqr8
Tommy’s latest album is the self-released and highly anticipated live CD/DVD combo, “Tommy Emmanuel: Live and Solo in Pensacola, Florida.” Recorded live in early 2013 in Pensacola, FL this CD/DVD includes old and new favorites, exhibiting Tommy’s amazing showmanship and musical talent as he performs before a packed house. http://bit.ly/1aWSFJJ
Performing live for his fans is extremely important to Tommy: he has demonstrated this by playing close to or over 300 concerts every year for the last seven years! Guitar players of all levels come to his shows to watch him work his magic, but his appeal goes far beyond musicians. His live shows are known for their humor, performance, passion, and infectious joy.