10 Questions With Tommy Emmanuel As He Prepares To Launch US Tour


Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Pin it Share on Reddit email this article

Tommy Emmanuel News Album art July 06, 2023
Album art

(SRO) 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.

Emmanuel has also shared a freewheeling "10 Questions" Q&A 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. Emmanuel has continued to release videos including most recently these, filmed by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard for Neighborhoods Apart.

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.


Question: 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!

Question: 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!

Question: 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.

Question: 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!!

Question: 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!

Question: 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!"

Question: 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!

Question: 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!

Question: 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!!

Question: 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.

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

Related Stories
Tommy Emmanuel Celebrates Chet Atkin's 100th Birthday With 'Mr. Guitar (Live' Video

Tommy Emmanuel Releases 'Bella Soave' Performance Video

Tommy Emmanuel Share 'Morning Aire' Live Video From Remastered Endless Road

Tommy Emmanuel and Michael Cleveland Tribute Chet Atkins With 'Mr. Guitar'

The String Revolution and Tommy Emmanuel Celebrate Grammy Win

More Tommy Emmanuel News