Tommy Emmanuel

Is Tommy Emmanuel on your musical radar? I had never heard of him until I looked for a video of the 1968 guitar hit “Classical Gas.”

I found a straightforward performance by Mason Williams. Then I found a much different performance by Tommy Emmanuel here.

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I searched for more Tommy Emmanuel videos. My favorite is from Merlefest in North Carolina.

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I also enjoy his meet and greets with young players.

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Another favorite of mine takes place in Moscow. In this video, Tommy jams with two guitar players and sings a duet with a young Russian woman.

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I admire the way Tommy takes time for other people. When he accompanies another guitarist or singer backstage, he gives them his undivided attention and plays with the same passion he brings to his shows and recordings.

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