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Tommy Emmanuel

Bill Jones (1622)

Guitar Artists Forum · 2/17/2008 10:55 AM
I know that this guy has been around, but I've only recently found out about him. One of my students (I'm a math, not music teacher) turned me on to him. In this clip, he takes two of my favorite fingerstyle pieces and just owns them!

At 52, there aren't too many players that I want to "grow up to be like", but this guy is one of them!

Check him out.

I hope I got that link right...it's the first time I've tried.

Bill

Tommy Emmanuel





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2/17/2008 7:10 PM

Jim Heidinger (8553) wrote:

He is the greatest! For all you metal heads, even Vai says so...

Saw him in SF a couple of weeks ago. The guy just keeps getting better too!

If you get a chance to see him live, do it. I promise you you don't really get the effect of his performance unless you see him live. It's like getting hit with a lighting bolt of energy. A very positive and uplifting experience.

Jim



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2/17/2008 7:34 PM

Bill Jones (1622) wrote:

I've told my wife that if he comes to Texas, I'm going to see him...doesn't matter what city. One son definitely wants to make that trip as well.

Chet Atkins said he was the greatest also...can't get much better in the way of reference than that.





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2/17/2008 10:30 PM

Bob Murnahan (1502) wrote:

Tommy is a regular at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society convention in Nashville every year. He's all over the place playing solo, sitting in with gypsy jazz groups, he's even the house drummer for most of the shows.

If you get a chance to go you should. This year it's from July 9-12.

Bob







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2/17/2008 10:34 PM

Bill Jones (1622) wrote:

I'll have to consider that one. I'm off for the summer, so it's a possible. Is there a website for more info on this?

Bill







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2/18/2008 10:20 AM

Bob Murnahan (1502) wrote:

Hi Bill,

Registration materials and info are not available yet for 2008. You can do a search for CAAS 2008 to stay up to date.

It's like a who's who of fingerstyle guitar. Some regulars include Tommy, Muriel Anderson, Ricard Smith, John Standefer, Doyle Dykes, Thom Bresh, Buster Jones,etc. It's only $120 for all 4 days.

It starts at 10am and officially ends at about 10 pm but there are jam sessions that go on all hours. Various stages, workshops and so on.

They made a stink about recordings on youtube last year but there are plenty from 2006. Do a youtube search for CAAS 2006 and enjoy.

Bob







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2/18/2008 6:19 PM

Bill Jones (1622) wrote:

I checked to see what they had, but it was all last year's stuff. On Tommy Emmanuel's website, he doesn't show CAAS as one of his stops for 2008. But I'll keep watching...might be worth the road trip regardless.

By the way, Chet Atkins was number 2 on the CAAS hits. The first was the Canadian African-American Studies website:-)

Bill







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2/18/2008 11:25 PM

Bob Murnahan (1502) wrote:

I checked to see what they had, but it was all last year's stuff.

Are you talking about youtube or the CAAS website?

I know the info is not yet available for this years show. It's definitely worth the trip. I would be surprised if Tommy isn't there.

Bob







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2/19/2008 7:18 AM

Bill Jones (1622) wrote:

I checked out the CAAS website and Mrguitar.com. I also checked out Tommy Emmanuel's website. So I'll just have to wait.

I've also been looking on Youtube and found quite a bit of stuff from various years.

Bill





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2/19/2008 6:45 PM

Matthew Laham (4396) wrote:

not too nitpick but Chet called him a "Certified Guitar Player"





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2/19/2008 7:05 PM

Bill Jones (1622) wrote:

Yes, he was one of the 3 or 4 guitarists that Atkins annointed as Certified Guitar Players.

However, off of the MisterGuitar.com website...

``He is, without a doubt, one of the greatest guitarists on the planet,'' Atkins wrote about Emmanuel for the liner notes, ``and working with him on this project was one of my most exciting musical journeys.''

So, I don't think I overstated it by much;-)

Bill





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2/19/2008 8:35 PM

Bob Murnahan (1502) wrote:

not too nitpick but Chet called him a "Certified Guitar Player

Not sure what you're nitpicking about but yes, Chet gave Tommy the CGP designation.

That was actually a title Chet gave to himself first because he didn't have any degrees of any kind. So he came up with CGP.

He also gave one to John Knowles and maybe Jerry Reed but that's about it. It was a real honor for these guys to get the CGP from Chet.

I was talking about the CAAS convention which stands for the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society.
They have a 4 day convention in Nashville every July.

Bob





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2/19/2008 9:45 PM

Bill Jones (1622) wrote:

According to Wikipedia, the honored few are...

John Knowles, Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Wariner, Jerry Reed, and of course...Chet himself.

Pretty elite company by anyone's measure.




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6/6/2008 2:05 PM

Mark Collins (3026) wrote:

I agree with seeing him live, he is much like Hendrix in that fashion: recordings just don't so him justice.



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6/6/2008 3:41 PM

Matthew Laham (4396) wrote:

Could that be why he had two live DVD's since he joined Favorednations?

I recently saw him live and he opened with Finger Lakes, I had a guitargasm right then and there.



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6/6/2008 5:56 PM

Alan Roberts (10065) wrote:

Props to Vai for getting these folks signed and supported on
Favored Nations.
Peace,
Alan



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6/6/2008 9:37 PM

Jim Heidinger (8553) wrote:

Anyone and I mean literally anyone that plays guitar can not help but be stunned by the man. His energy is unbelievable. Top it off, he is a really great and fun person. Btw, Kirk knows him personally! When I met him and said Kirk says hi, he lit up like a Christmas tree. We then both talked about how great Kirk is on Slide. :) Kirk has some pretty funny stories...

Anyway, you just have to see the guy play to appreciate the sheer talent and explosive energy!

Jim



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6/7/2008 4:22 AM

Kirk Lorange (4841) wrote:

Hi, Jim. I'm actually just waiting for a call from Phil Emmanuel, Tommy's brother, who's doing a gig in my neighborhood tonight. He's just as amazing in a different way ... a louder more in your face way.

Here's a video I did today:






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6/7/2008 11:37 AM

Jim Heidinger (8553) wrote:

Hey Kirk, that was fun listening to you outline the chords to Georgia while also soloing t the tune! :) Great stuff as usual. :) On of these days I'll head over to your neck of the woods. It's on my bucket list of things to do. :)



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6/8/2008 8:01 PM

Matthew Laham (4396) wrote:

Kirk knows him personally! When I met him and said Kirk says hi, he lit up like a Christmas tree. We then both talked about how great Kirk is on Slide. :) Kirk has some pretty funny stories...

I guess all the greats know each other? That's enough inspiration to improve my chops.

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