Tommy's unique style - he calls it simply "finger style" - is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano. After a recent recuperative rest, resulting from an exhausting touring schedule, Tommy is now completely rejuvenated and embarking on a full tour schedule in 2008. A new double live CD and DVD, "Center Stage" filmed in High Definition and recorded at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico, California will be commercially released in Spring '08. The DVD portion will also air on Public Television affiliates all over the United States. Every element of modern technology was used in the production of both the DVD and CD. Tommy's record producer, Kim Person, recorded and mixed the audio tracks, while long-time Sierra Nevada video producer/director Peter Barlow tied the entire package together in state-of-the-art quality. It makes for a stunning package, both aurally and visually.
The double disc Live CD "Center Stage" contains many fan show-stoppers, including Emmanuel's Beatles Medley, Mombasa, and Initiation - the aboriginal tribute song that has evolved over the years and never sounds the same on any recording - or during any show. Tommy also introduces four never-before recorded tracks, "Ruby's Eyes", "Lenny Bro'", "The Jolly Swagman" and "Papa George" (inspired by George Harrison). Also, included are several arrangements of popular traditional tunes like "House of the Rising", "Nine Pound Hammer", "Amazing Grace" - and for his Japanese fans, "Sukiyaki" This new CD is a great mix of the rare, the new, the traditional and the favorites.
Emmanuel's music and life are legendary in Australia. He began playing guitar at age 4, by learning to play by ear without any formal instruction.
For more information about Tommy Emmanuel visit tommyemmanuel.com.
Tommy Emmanuel will be performing in concert at the Park West, which is located at 322 West Armitage Ave., Friday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets call 312-559-1212 or visit Ticketmaster.com.