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Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel, four-time winner of Australia's Best Guitarist award, has helped bring the art of rock guitar down under to a higher awareness over his two-decade-long career by bringing a sense of jazz improvisation into a mix that also includes blues, country, rock, classical, and Spanish music. After years as a popular sideman and ace songwriter, the two-time ARIA (Aussie Grammys equivalent) Award winner launched his solo career in 1988 with Up from Down Under. Several releases followed, notably 1993's critically acclaimed The Journey, which hit high on Gavin and Radio & Records NAC airplay charts. He has shown a mastery and affinity for both electric and acoustic axes and has been singled out by the likes of notable musicians such as Chet Atkins -- with whom he recorded The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World in 1997 -- and Todd Rundgren, who considers him an innovator on the instrument. Only appeared in 2001, followed by 2002's Endless Road (it was finally released in the U.S. three years later), 2005's Live One, and 2006's Happy Hour (with Jim Nichols) and Mystery.

Although Emmanuel took a brief hiatus from the music industry at the end of 2007 for health reasons, that October he recorded all three nights of a residency at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico, California. These recordings would make up the acclaimed double-CD live set that was released as Center Stage in April 2008. Equally well-received was 2010's Little by Little, a comeback of sorts in the form of a double studio album featuring a tasteful rendition of Carole King's "Tapestry." Arriving in 2011, All I Want for Christmas nodded in places to John Fahey's classic festive recordings, while 2013's The Colonel & the Governor saw him team up with the equally talented English guitarist Martin Taylor. Two years later, he delivered the solo studio date It's Never Too Late on Sony, followed by 2016's holiday-themed Christmas Memories. ~ Jonathan Widran & James Wilkinson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: It's Never Too Late

1. Only Elliot

2. It's Never Too Late

3. The Bug

4. El Vaquero

5. Hope Street

6. Blood Brother

7. Miyazaki's Dream

8. One Day

9. Traveling Clothes

10. T.E. Ranch

11. Hellos And Goodbyes

12. One Mint Julep

13. The Duke

14. Old Photographs

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Track List: It's Never Too Late (Single)

1. It's Never Too Late

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Track List: The Guitar Mastery Of Tommy Emmanuel

Disc 1

1. Somewhere Over The Rainbow

2. Tall Fiddler

3. Angelina

4. Endless Road

5. La Visita

6. Windy & Warm

7. I Still Can't Say Goodbye

8. Gameshow Rag/Cannonball Rag

9. The Mystery

10. Lewis & Clark

11. Cantina Senese

12. Antonella's Birthday

13. Cowboy's Dream

14. Sunset (Bonus Track)

Disc 2

1. The Welsh Tornado

2. Ruby's Eyes

3. Half Way Home

4. Moon River (Instrumental)

5. The Fingerlakes

6. Tapestry

7. Smokey Mountain Lullaby

8. Haba Na Haba (Instrumental)

9. The Tennessee Waltz

10. Guitar Boogie

11. Only Elliot (Bonus Track)

12. Mombasa (Live)

13. Beatles Medley (Live)

14. Questions (Live)

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Track List: Little By Little

Disc 1

1. Half Way Home

2. The Jolly Swagman

3. Locomotivation

4. Haba Na Haba (Instrumental)

5. Tears For Jerusalem

6. Waiting For A Plane

7. The Fingerlakes

8. The Welch Tornado

9. He Aint Heavy, He's My Brother (Feat. John Knowles, William Robert Scott & Sidney Keith Russell)

10. Mighty Mouse

11. Ruby's Eyes

12. Moon River (Instrumental)

Disc 2

1. Jack Magic

2. Papa George

3. Haba Na Haba (Feat. Pam Rose)

4. Tapestry (Feat. Doyle Dykes)

5. The Mountains Of Illinois

6. The Tennessee Waltz (Feat. John Knowles)

7. Countrywide

8. Moon River (Feat. Rick Price)

9. Willie's Shades (Feat. Anthony Snape)

10. Smokey Mountain Lullabye

11. Guitar Boogie

12. The Trails

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Track List: Center Stage

Disc 1

1. The Finger Lakes

2. Papa George

4. I Go To Rio

6. Old Town

7. And So It Goes

8. Jolly Swagman

9. Sukiyaki

10. Happy Hours

12. Beatles’ Medley

13. Mombasa

Disc 2

1. Workin’ Man Blues

2. Georgia On My Mind

3. House Of The Risin’ Sun

4. Amazing Grace

5. Story Of Little Boy

8. Morning Aire

10. Lenny Bro’

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Track List: Happy Hour

1. Happy Hour

2. Nine Pound Hammer

3. Avalon

4. Who's Sorry Now

5. Trambone

6. Mom's Rag

7. Lover Come Back To Me

8. Birth Of The Blues

9. I'll See You In My Dreams

10. Stomping At The Savoy

11. Sanitarium Shuffle

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Track List: The Mystery

1. Cantina Senese

2. Gameshow Rag/Cannonball Rag

3. The Mystery

4. Cowboy's Dream

5. Walls

6. Lewis & Clark

7. The Diggers' Waltz

8. Antonella's Birthday

9. And So It Goes

10. That's The Spirit

11. Footprints

12. Keep It Simple

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Track List: Endless Road

1. Endless Road

2. Tall Fiddler

3. (The Man With The) Green Thumb

4. Bella Soave

5. Morning Aire

6. Angelina

7. Windy & Warm

8. Chet's Ramble

9. Son Of A Gun

10. Sanitarium Shuffle

11. La Visita

12. Mona Lisa

13. Christmas Memories/Wheels

14. Old Town

15. Somewhere Over The Rainbow

16. I Still Can't Say Goodbye

17. Today Is Mine

18. Struttin'

19. Pegao

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Track List: Live One

Disc 1

1. Beatles Medley (Live)

2. Peter Allen Medley / Waltzing Mathilda (Live)

3. Classical Gas (Live)

4. Old Fashioned Love Song (Live)

5. Son Of A Gun (Live)

6. Dixie MacGuire (Live)

7. Countrywide (Live)

8. Saltwater (Live)

9. Borsalino (Live)

10. Up From Down Under (Live)

11. Morning Aire (Live)

12. Those Who Wait (Live)

13. Michelle (Live)

14. Questions (Live)

15. Angelina (Live)

16. Precious Time / That's The Spirit (Live)

17. Mona Lisa (Live)

18. Mombasa (Live)

Disc 2

1. Amazing Grace (Live)

2. House Of The Rising Sun (Live)

3. Guitar Rag (Live)

4. Blue Moon (Live)

5. Mozzarella Tarantella (Live)

6. Guitar Boogie (Live)

7. Train To Dusseldorf (Live)

8. One Mint Julep (Live)

9. The Hunt (Live)

10. Initiation (Live)

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Track List: Up From Down Under

1. Up From Down Under

2. Raindance

3. Daybreak

4. Lady Madonna

5. Soul Search

6. Michelle

7. Initiation (2008)

8. Turning Point

9. Times Change

10. Night Sky

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Track List: Only

1. Those Who Wait

2. I've Always Thought Of You

3. Mombasa

4. Timberlake Road

5. Questions

6. Padre

7. Luttrell

8. Since We Met

9. Drivetime

10. The Robin

11. Train To Dusseldorf

12. Biskie

13. Stay Close To Me

14. Ol' Brother Hubbard

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Track List: The Very Best Of...

Disc 1

1. Don't Hold Me Back

2. The Journey

3. Fear Of Rain

4. Who Dares Wins

5. Big Brother

6. Stevie's Blues

7. Hearts Grow Fonder

8. Guitar Boogie (Feat. Andy Smith)

9. When You Come Home

10. Determination

11. Don't Argue

12. From The Hip

13. Tailin The Invisible Man

14. The Rise And Fall Of Flingel Bunt

Disc 2

1. Amanda's Room

2. Classical Gas

3. Hellos & Goodbyes

4. Countrywide

5. Up From Down Under

6. Villa De Martin

7. Fiesta (Feat. Slava Grigoryan)

8. Midnight Drive

9. Since We Met

10. Mountain Of Truth

11. Initiation

12. Last Time I Saw You

13. Blue Moon

14. Change For Good

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Track List: Can't Get Enough

1. Can't Get Enough (Album Version)

2. No More Goodbyes (Album Version)

3. Song For Nature (Album Version)

4. Stay Close To Me (Album Version)

5. Villa De Martin (Album Version)

6. Change For Good (Album Version)

7. Midnight Drive (Album Version)

8. The Inner Voice (Album Version)

9. Reggie's Groove (Album Version)

10. Drivetime (Album Version)

11. Red Velvet Cake (Album Version)

12. How Many Sleeps? (Album Version)

13. Fields Of Gold (Album Version)

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Track List: Classical Gas

1. Classical Gas

2. The Journey

3. Run A Good Race

4. Concierto De Aranjuez

5. She Never Knew

6. Gollywogs Cake Walk/English Country Garden

7. Who Dares Wins

8. Initiation

9. The Hunt

10. Countrywide

12. Padre

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Track List: THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

Disc 1

1. Tailin The Invisible Man

2. Big Brother

3. Somethin's Goin' On

4. Hellos & Goodbyes

5. The Journey

6. If Your Heart Tells You To

7. Like Family

8. Don't Hold Me back

9. Villa Anita

10. White Picket Fences

11. The Big Swell

12. Amy

Disc 2

1. Don't Argue

2. Since We Met

3. The Hunt

4. Michelle

5. Day Tripper/ Lady Madonna

6. Fear Of Rain

7. Keep It Simple

8. Sunset

9. Southern Summers

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Track List: The Journey

1. Tailin' The Invisible Man

2. Big Brother

3. Somethin's Goin' On

4. Hellos & Goodbyes

5. The Journey

6. If Your Heart Tells You To

7. Like Family

8. Don't Hold Me Back

9. Villa Anita

10. White Picket Fences

11. The Big Swell

12. Initiation

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Track List: Determination

1. Who Dares Wins

2. Mountain Of Truth

3. Determination

4. 'Cross The Nullabor

5. Initiation

6. From The Hip

7. Imagine

8. When You Come Home

9. Fiesta

10. Precious Time

11. The Sweetest Love

12. Stevie's Blues

13. Nu Shoos Blues

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One of the best around!

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He is one of the finest guitarists of all time .. I rate him with the likes of Clapton , Atkins and Pat Metheny
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nicksullivan 3 4 5
Awesome!!!
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I know this is dated ...but OMG!!!!!
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Fantastico!! !
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Great sounds wow what a guitarist, this piece is good, Guitar Boogie. Heard of him before but not this piece.
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Muy, muy diferente estilo...
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Love his musical talent better than any other. I grew up hearing acoustic guitar every day. My brother played. 6 to 8 hrs a day nobody minded not even dad
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Tommy is the consummate guitarists' guitarist. I've seen him live a couple of times over last 20years and on one occasion with older brother Phil. He takes guitar playing to another stratosphere . One of my favourite style of his is playing the base line and soloing/phra s i n g in the same time. Listen to his rendition of 'Eleanor Rigby'
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ruskydusky
Sorry Alan. Predictive text. But Tommy must be in 6 decade club by now? My apologies for misspelling your name sir... Phil Keaggy falls in the categories of decades of playing and great respect for Chet. All humble and brilliant musicians. IMHO.
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ruskydusky
Thanks Allen. If he sent a letter to Chet at age 11, and Chet was a gentleman kind enough to reply, then 2 decades just isn't enough time. I saw Tommy in a small college venue, and he cried when trying to explain his feelings for Chet Atkins. I also met a 10 year old girl with a Taylor, and Tommy had signed the case for her. She was at an even smaller venue (clinic) where Tommy heard her playing, and allowed her to play for the clinic, along with him! I see a pattern here... maybe?
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a two decade long career.?.. I don't think so, do some homework please, Tommy and his brother Phil also a great guitarist were playing professional l y when they were 6 as part of the Emmanuel family, He hasn't stopped since then and has always been the consummate professional musician. I first saw him play when he was in his early 20's and he was amazing then.
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carolbeelynx
Saw him twice in concert, once in Knoxville, TN and love his Australian additions to his guitar. Super talented. Fun concerts.
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No doubt that this man is the greatest guitar player of all time.
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rprieba
I've seen him play a # of shows at Winfield Bluegrass Festival and many of the players there were just speechless at what they were seeing and hearing..... . . .
To really understand what Tommy achieves with the guitar you have to see him LIVE!!!
A true master that many try to achieve and so few become.
Play on Brother
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None better. He's a gift from God.
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twobyfo
Just The Best. Waited six decades to make him my hero.
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you are creepin hanexp
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There are many great guitarists in the world but I can think of none that top him. He can play single line runs on his dreadnought acoustic with the speed and clarity of Al Dimeola on electric then cover a chord melody that would make Joe Pass blush and he does it with childlike enthusiasm and humility. Currently number one in my book!
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Arguably one of the best guitar players in the world. Unbelievable in concert. An absolute master.
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Awesome!
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Precious Time was literally breath taking!!!!
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first time I went down under found UP FROM DOWN UNDER on cassette tape. Love at first listen. Keep it up Tommy.
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The best ever!
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Dude is from a different planet
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ronnieracer1
I totally agree with healing harpist. I saw him on PBS - the live performance video. The fact that he can take 1 guitar & produce as many tones @ one time is un-believabl e . I can never get tied of lessoning to him. Rock-On Tommy!!
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I don't say this lightly, but, in my opinion, Tommy could very well be the best guitar player in the world. He not only plays with lightning speed, but also covers the slower tunes in a way that almost makes me weep. His rendition of Over the Rainbow is something everyone should hear. I saw him live in Toronto, Ontario a few weeks ago...it was the highlight of my guitar listening career.
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This man rocks!!!!
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fsquare5
Tommy is a must see live virtuoso!
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So peaceful like amoving stream of water
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gemeterio62
WHAT
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I recently discovered this guy.... glad I did
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A hero of mine and got me into guitar..
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mike3668
Can't wait to see him in Las Vegas in September! Awesome musician!
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meganmehaffi e
Well I think he's f**king great!!!!!�� k i n g of the guitar!!!!
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bdmatthew
Makes an acoustic guitar sound like four instruments in one.
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saw him last night in clearwater, fl. great show if you can, see him.
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pbwill2
Very talented musician! Creative!
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sorta reminds me of an old blues guy I played with in the 70s
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drstilwell8
Relatively new to listening to his body of work and recently saw him in concert in Dearborn. Oh my word but this guy knows how to extract beautiful music out of a guitar. He is also very giving and a ton of youtube vids showing how to improve your playing. Makes me wish I worked more on finger picking, but I can still enjoy. If he gets in your area, go see him!
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I agree with eclipse. My son's and I have see him 3 times and wish I could see him more .
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Wow his finders smooth and clear.
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jcallaebc
I've seen Tommy twice this year and will continue every chance I get. If you get even a remote chance to make it to one of his shows don't pass it up!!
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All around best alive.
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great fantastic fabulous one of a kind
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drphartz
Possibly the Greatest all around player that ever lived! Unbelievable !
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Im a nee fa...now I wanba see him live...#tale n t e d g u i t a r i s t
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Lovely touch
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fjulia1
Went to Tommy Emmanuel concert yesterday. Unforgettabl e evening !!!
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