Tommy Emmanuel – Video of The Week
Tommy Emmanuel. With all the chaos in the world today, we think it’s a great time to present an electrifying performance. Showcasing a wonderful performance by Emmanuel and Billy Strings performing at The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in upstate New York. It was on July 20, 2020. He plays Guitar Boogie & Working Man Blues with superstar phenom Billy Strings.
So, anytime you talk to any of his fans, whether musicians or civilians. Invariably they will speak of not one but two qualities that define his greatness. First, is his extraordinary guitar playing. Considered by those in the know to be among this planet’s greatest guitarists.
Furthermore, his playing is simply miraculous, as it would take three musicians, or more, to do what Tommy does solo. Who else, for example, when playing “Day Tripper,” can lay down the rhythm part, dig into the riff and sing the melody all at once on just one acoustic guitar? This guy!
Which brings us to the other aspect of his music always mentioned, and without which the first might not be as powerful or as infectiously appealing: the joy. Yes, joy. Because it’s one thing to play these multi-dimensional arrangements flawlessly on an acoustic guitar. But to do it with that smile of the ages, that evidence of authentic, unbridled delight, is an irresistible invitation to feel his music as deeply as he does.
Although his expression is instrumental, he comes to the guitar much more like a vocalist, positively singing melodies through the strings. He inhabits the tunes he performs, delivering every nuance and turn of phrase. If this performance doesn’t bring a smile to your face, then you are having a bad day! Meanwhile, as you’re looking at your guitars hanging out, they’re wondering what crime they committed to be sentenced to your fingers and not to these two artists. So, for all you part-time guitarists, get the ball rolling and play a few licks. Especially nowadays!
Billy Strings has been hailed as the future of bluegrass, transcending tradition and genre with his high velocity, flat-picking guitar technique and intense, confessional songwriting. HOME, Strings’ is his remarkable second studio album which is available now.