Two-time Grammy® nominated Australian virtuoso guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, CGP * is set to release his new 2-CD studio album Little By Little on 14th March through the Favored Nations imprint.
As the Swahili proverb says, all things are possible if you just take it little by little, step by step. This was the inspiration behind the album title, Little By Little. Emmanuel explains, “The proverb holds a special significance to me because it’s a lesson I had to learn in my life – to take things one day at a time and not be so concerned about tomorrow and I think that’s an important lesson to learn.” Emmanuel describes the album as “a joy to make” but says, “It took a lot longer than any other project I’ve ever done purely because the songs kept coming. With this album, I was really pleased that all these elements came together so I could get that message across through my music and get a good positive message out there to people.
The 24 tracks, spread over two discs, brilliantly showcase Emmanuel’s distinctive “finger style” playing, using all ten fingers, and features collaborations with special guests Rick Price, Anthony Snape, Victor Wooten, Doyle Dykes, Dr. John Knowles (CGP), Pam Roseand others.
|Little By Little Track Listing|
|DISC 1||DISC 2|
|1||Halfway Home||1||Jack Magic|
|2||The Jolly Swagman||2||Papa George|
|3||Locomotivation||3||Haba Na Haba (Vocal)|
|4||Haba Na Haba (Instrumental)||4||Tapestry (With Doyle Dykes)|
|5||Tears For Jerusalem||5||Mountains of Illinois|
|6||Waiting For A Plane||6||The Tennessee Waltz (With Dr. John Knowles, CGP)|
|8||The Welsh Tonado||8||Moon River (Vocal) (with Rick Price)|
|9||He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (With Dr. John Knowles, CGP)||9||Willie’s Shades (with Anthony Snape)|
|10||The Mighty Mouse||10||Smokey Mountain Lullabye|
|11||Ruby’s Eyes||11||Guitar Boogie|
|12||Moon River (Instrumental)||12||The Trails|
Recognized as the elite of the elite and arguably the greatest living acoustic guitar player, Emmanuel has mesmerized both fellow musicians and audiences alike with a professional career that spans nearly five decades. Emmanuel’s dazzling performance, flawless guitar skills and voluminous repertoire never fail to amaze and engage his legions. From the wilds of Australia’s outback to the bustling major cities throughout the world, Emmanuel’s flair, unforgettable showmanship and exhaustive world wide touring schedule have created an enviable fan base that continues to grow even larger every year.
2010 has been an especially big year for Emmanuel. In June, he was voted Best Acoustic Guitarist in Guitar Player Magazine’s 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards. On July 26, he was honored by the Queen, being awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the music and entertainment industries as a guitarist, and to the community as a supporter of the Australian charitable organization Kids Under Cover which works to build homes and provide scholarships for homeless and at risk youth. Emmanuel is featured on the track “Much Too Soon” onMichael Jackson’s album of newly completed recordings MICHAEL.
Emmanuel will be back touring in the UK in April/May 2011. His “Acoustic & Electric” tour will be a unique opportunity to see him fronting his own band, as opposed to his customary solo performances – a first for the UK!
|Bristol||Colston Hall||28 0117 922 3686
|London||Forum||29 0844 847 2405
|Nottingham||Royal Centre||30 0115 989 5555||www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk|
|Newcastle||City Hall||0191 261 2606
|Wolverhampton||The Robin||01902 401211||www.therobin.co.uk (with afternoon workshop)|
Tickets for all shows are £25 in advance and are subject to booking fee. All shows will start at 7.30pm.
No doubt 2011 will see Emmanuel continuing to win over the world’s concert audiences with his amazing talent, dynamic showmanship and unforgettable music – little by little!
*CPG – Certified Guitar Player – a title given to Emmanuel by the legendary Chet Atkins in 1999