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An Evening With Tommy Emmanuel

The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to welcome iconic guitarist and musician Tommy Emmanuel to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation and performance hosted by Executive Director Scott Goldman. Tommy Emmanuel started professionally at age six, rising through the ranks as a studio player and member of several Australian rock bands before he set off on a solo career. Influenced by the Merle Travis/Chet Atkins fingerstyle of guitar picking, Tommy developed a style of solo guitar playing that encompasses the range of a whole band—covering drums, bass, rhythm and lead guitar and a vocal melody simultaneously. While some artists take ten-piece bands on the road and still fill out the sound with backing tracks, Tommy builds a complete sonic world entirely on his own. One of only five musicians handpicked by his mentor, Chet Atkins, as a Certified Guitar Player (CGP), he’s piled up numerous accolades, including two GRAMMY 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. His most recent album, Accomplice One, released in January, is a 16-track collaborative album featuring guest artists such as Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires, Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman, and more.