March 5, 2020
DT: MARCH 5, 2019
FM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/ANDREA FAULK
SRO PR (LOS ANGELES)
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SHARES VIDEO FOR “FUEL,”
THE FIRST SINGLE FROM HIS UPCOMING ALBUM,
‘THE BEST OF TOMMYSONGS’
THE ESTEEMED GUITARIST AND COMPOSER
TO RELEASE “FUEL” THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 6,
WITH THE ALBUM DUE OUT MAY 8
MAJOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
SET FOR THE SPRING AND SUMMER
Photo Credit: Alysse Gafkjen
TOMMY EMMANUEL, the acclaimed and Grammy-nominated acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter, will release a newly recorded career-spanning double album on May 8, THE BEST OF TOMMYSONGS, via CGP Sounds/Cruzen Street Records. TOMMY has already shared the video for the album’s first single, “Fuel,” available this Friday, March 6. Guitar Player magazine premiered the “Fuel” video this past Wednesday.
Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard with Neighborhoods Apart Productions directed and edited the “Fuel” video, which was shot in a rural old home in Franklin, KY. Some of the footage was shot with TOMMY‘s own I-Phone as he was traveling throughout Asia. Says TOMMY about writing the song:
“I boarded a train in Paris, France to ride the rails to Cologne, Germany. Looking out the window, I saw a billboard for ‘Harry Potter World,’ that set me in motion. I got my guitar out and started looking for cinematic chords and ideas. Three hours later, I had the entire song written and was practicing it up. I had no title at that stage and when I played it for a friend he asked “what’s fueling this emotion?” Immediately I reacted, “You just gave me the title, ‘Fuel’! Even though there’s time changes and odd bars in the song, you can actually tap time straight through it. In my own way, this is a small attempt at paying homage to Mason Williams, the brilliant composer of ‘Classical Gas.'”
THE BEST OF TOMMYSONGS is a double album that features some of Tommy Emmanuel’s best original songs. Emmanuel solely wrote, produced, and recorded all the tracks on this record. Emmanuel has been playing some of these songs for over 30 years, and they have evolved over time. He wanted to rerecord them to suite the modern arrangements and to make them sound bigger than ever. The album features some of EMMANUEL‘s most well-known works such as “Angelina,” “Lewis & Clark,” and “It’s Never Too Late” along with fan favorites such as “Mombasa” and “Train to Dusseldorf.” It also has 5 brand new songs including the heart-thumping “Fuel” and the beautifully melodic “Song For A Rainy Morning.” 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
All the songs on the album written, performed, and produced by TOMMY EMMANUEL.
It was engineered by Rory Rositas and Brad Benge at OmniSound in Nashville; mixed by Marc DeSisto and TOMMY EMMANUEL at Luke’s Room Studio in Los Angeles; and mastered by Marc DeSisto at Luke’s Room Studio in Los Angeles.
*Previously Unreleased Songs
Catch TOMMY EMMANUEL on the road:
>Pat Bergeson & Annie Sellick
<The Gibson Brothers
^Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
ABOUT TOMMY EMMANUEL:
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 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 nominations, two ARIA Awards from the Australian Recording Industry Association (the Aussie equivalent of the Recording Academy) and repeated honors in the Guitar Player magazine reader’s poll including a cover story for their August 2017 issue. 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.
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