DT: JULY 6, 2023





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Artist: Tommy Emmanuel:
Photo Credit: Simone Cecchett

Grammy-nominated acoustic guitarist extraordinaire, composer and global touring artist TOMMY EMMANUEL is gearing up for a major U.S. tour launching July 12 in Grand Rapids, MI and wrapping December 13 in Sacramento, CA. The tour is pegged to his acclaimed current full-length collaborations album ACCOMPLICE TWO, the follow-up to his Accomplice One album (2018), released this past April via CGP Sounds (view the album’s critical praise HERE).

EMMANUEL has also shared a freewheeling “10 Questions” Q&A (below) where he talks about his inspirations and an array of subjects including his “Spinal Tap” moment; the JFK assassination; his desire to be on a bill with Carole King and James Taylor; and watching (as a kid) Neil Armstrong walk on the moon.

Produced lovingly by EMMANUEL, regarded by guitar great Chet Atkins as “one of the best guitar players I’ve ever seen,” the 16-track ACCOMPLICE TWO is a spirited mix of new takes on indelible classics and brand-new originals from TOMMY. His collaborators are some of the most remarkable musicians on the planet—an “A” list of musicians including Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Michael McDonald, Jamey Johnson, Raul Malo, and many more (the full list is HERE) EMMANUEL has continued to release videos including most recently these, filmed by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard for Neighborhoods Apart.

Mombasawith Yasmin Williams
Sweet Temptationwith The Del McCoury Band
Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) with Jamey Johnson

ACCOMPLICE TWO is alive with the electric spirit of spontaneous, timeless joy created by inspired virtuosos. The combined artistry contained on these tracks is stunning, as is TOMMY’s cheerful ease at connecting naturally with this vast spectrum of musicians. Like the first volume, he merges the presence of beloved, legendary musicians—such as Jorma Kaukonen, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Little Feat, Sam Bush, the Del McCoury Band and Jerry Douglas—with the bright spirit of acclaimed young artists breaking through with deep artistry and true reverence for the power of song.


Have you had a Spinal Tap moment in your career so far and can you describe it?

TOMMY: I’ve shown up at the wrong hall to play a show!!! Being a male, I don’t always follow directions well, and sometimes I’m convinced I know where I’m going!!  That’s why I have a good Tour Manager…he knows!

If you could have a conversation with anyone who’s living or dead, who would it be and why?

TOMMY: If I could ask Jack Ruby to please tell me the truth about the assassination of JFK, I would love that!

Is there a song you crank up on Friday night to kick off the weekend—and a song you kick back with on a Sunday morning?

TOMMY: Every day is Saturday to me! Some days I like to listen to the Beatles, up loud, sing along and let go. Sometimes I need peace and quiet to be my sanctuary. I am always aware that I must try to preserve what hearing I have, as I was born with yellow fever, so I go carefully.

Which two artists would you like to appear on a dream bill with?

TOMMY: Carole King and James Taylor…What a song list that would be!!

Which famous historical event would you like to have witnessed and why?

TOMMY: I watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon in 1969. I was at school in the Town of Parkes, NSW, Australia. The radio telescope that beamed the images all around the world of this historic event, made it possible for us to see it as it happened!! We had no idea of the significance of being in Parkes on that day, but it was big!

What was the first concert you attended and what was it like?

TOMMY: My mother, Virginia, took me to my first concert. I was 5, and it was held in the Town Hall of the place we lived, Gunnedah, Australia. We sat in the front row, and as I watched the great Dave Bridge Trio play, my mum leaned in and whispered, “See how he smiles, looks at the audience, stands so straight and tall? See how he looks neat, his shoes are shiny, his hair is perfect, his guitar is glistening in the spotlights. He talks to us, and we can understand him. Don’t forget all these things!”

What do you look forward to most when you return home from touring?

TOMMY: I always love getting to cook my own dinner and sleep in my own bed when I come home from touring. Then I love driving my car!

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

TOMMY: I would love to experience Django Reinhardt live! Charlie Christian with Benny Goodman and his big band, too, and I would love to hear Hank Williams up close, just to feel that mojo!

You have one question to ask one musician. Go for it.

TOMMY: Hey Larry Carlton, what amp did you play the solo on “Kid Charlemagne” through? What a solo!! What a sound! BRAVO!!

Can you talk about a particular book and/or film that has helped shape your sensibility as an artist?

TOMMY: I don’t think there is just one book or movie that has shaped me as an artist. I think it has been my curiosity about some artists that have inspired me to keep reaching for higher standards, higher goals, and deeper meaning for my art/gifts/calling or reason for being who I am.  I look at people who move the world, who inspire us all; they somehow show us a way, a trail, a clue as to what they do that causes them to touch our sensibilities. Writers, Actors, Musicians, Producers, Speakers, Comedians and sometimes those who deal with tough physical or mental challenges and still achieve great works that have GREAT meaning in our hurting world. These are the ones that cause me to trust in a power bigger than myself, that make me see that my life has purpose, meaning and momentum. So now I get to work with a full heart, trying to do something that might change someone’s life for the better.


Here are TOMMY’s U.S. tour dates for 2023. The full international list of dates is HERE.

Jul 12 Grand Rapids, MI Frederik Meijer Gardens
Jul 13 Columbus, OH Southern Theatre
Jul 14 Louisville, KY Brown Theatre
Jul 15 Nashville, TN CAAS Convention
Jul 16 Union Hall, VA The Coves Amphitheater
Jul 17 Bristol, VA The Cameo Theater
Jul 19 Wilmington, NC Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
Jul 20 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall
Jul 21 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
Jul 22 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
Jul 23 Bayfield, WI Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
Jul 30 Wausau, WI Grand Theater
Sep 07 Richmond, VA Dominion Energy Center – Carpenter Theatre
Sep 08 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre New Jersey
Sep 09 New York, NY Town Hall
Sep 10 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
Sep 12 Ithaca, NY State Theater of Ithaca
Sep 13 Northampton, MA Academy of Music Theatre
Sep 14 Boston, MA The Wilbur
Sep 15 Peekskill, NY Paramount Hudson Valley Theater
Sep 16 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
Sep 17 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
Sep 23 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Oct 11 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Oct 12 Cleveland, OH Playhouse Square
Oct 13 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct 14 Chicago, IL Park West
Oct 15 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
Oct 17 New York, NY Brooklyn Bowl
Oct 18 Iowa City, IA Englert Civic Theatre
Oct 19 St. Louis, MO Sheldon Concert Hall
Oct 20 St. Louis, MO Sheldon Concert Hall
Oct 21 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
Nov 28 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
Nov 29 New York, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
Nov 30 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
Dec 01 Houston, TX Cullen Performance Hall
Dec 02 Austin, TX Paramount Theatre
Dec 03 San Antonio, TX Charline McCombs Empire Theatre
Dec 05 Albuquerque, NM Kimo Theatre
Dec 06 Tucson, AZ Fox Tucson Theatre
Dec 07 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center Ikeda Theater
Dec 08 El Cajon, NM The Magnolia
Dec 09 Beverly Hills, NM Saban Theatre
Dec 10 Fresno, CA Tower Theatre
Dec 12 San Francisco, CA Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
Dec 13 Sacramento, CA Crest Theatre


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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 CPG (Certified Guitar Player) by his idol, music icon Chet Atkins. Today, he plays hundreds of sold-out shows every year from Nashville to Sydney to London. He’s piled up numerous accolades, including two Grammy Award nominationstwo ARIA Awards from the Australian Recording Industry Association (the Aussie equivalent of the Recording Academy); repeated honors in the Guitar Player magazine reader’s poll including a cover story for their August 2017 issue; a cover feature for Vintage Guitar’s July 2020 issue; and was Music Radar’s reader’s poll #1 winner of the Ten Best Acoustic Guitarists in The World (December 2019). A noted fingerstyle guitarist, EMMANUEL frequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords and the bass all at once. His talents, which translate in any language, carry him to the far corners of the globe, but EMMANUEL never plays the same show twice, and he improvises big chunks of every date. That leaves him open to those technical imperfections, though they also provide some of the humanity to an other-worldly talent. On May 8, 2020, he released a newly recorded career-spanning double album, THE BEST OF TOMMYSONGS, via CGP Sounds/Cruzen Street Records). Watch the album trailer here which focuses on TOMMY’s unique ability to tell stories without words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SOQEMWYAQ4&feature=youtu.be. EMMANUEL subsequently released three EP’s with different collaborators, Accomplice Series Vol. 1, 2 and 3, the last of which was in 2022.

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