Sometimes a name is bantered around in certain small circles, but few in the mainstream really know who that is because they’ve really only heard it or saw it in print somewhere. Mention premier Australian acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel to most people, and you’ll get a blank stare. Mention him to most guitar players of any style of music, however, and their eyes light up as they say things like, “Didn’t he play with Chet Atkins?” or “Aren’t the late Les Paul, Eric Clapton and Joe Satriani big fans of his?” or “Wow, that guy is truly amazing!”
All these things are true.
And if you were lucky enough to be in the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall last Saturday night among the devoted fans who filled the hall right up past the balcony and into the second tier of box seats – you know without a doubt it’s all true.