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Matt! It's Tommy Emmanuel!

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by Chicago Matt, Apr 19, 2021.

  1. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

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    A lot has been written on TDPRI about Tommy Emmanuel, and why not? He's an incredible guitarist. I don't have much to add to that, you can just look on YouTube. But I want to share another side of Tommy that I luckily discovered this weekend.

    My wife and I drove up to Nashville this past Thursday afternoon to get together with a couple of friends and check out who was playing on Broadway. Friday afternoon my wife and I were taking a walk near our hotel when we see a small group of people milling around near the Chet Atkins statue on John Lewis Blvd.
    My wife suddenly says, "Matt! It's Tommy, Tommy Emmanuel!" Sure enough, it was Tommy. I blurted out in my excitement, "Tommy Emmanuel! We love you man!".

    He smiles and immediately walks over to us. He asks us where we're from, my wife tells him I'm a musician and that we met in Buenos Aires where she's from. She tells him that I've been teaching her guitar for the past two months and shows off her calluses. She asks if she can feel his and he laughs and says "sure, but since I haven't been touring they're not as built up as they used to be."! She explains she's having trouble with the F chord and he shows her some stretching exercises to help. She tells him that she loves Brazilian music as well and he tells us how he loves that Brazil is such a musical country. She starts singing Girl From Ipanema in Portuguese and he jumps in and starts accompanying her on guitar, in the key she's singing in. After a verse, she stops singing and we stand in amazement as he finishes the song instrumentally.

    I know, you might be thinking I'm full of BS or that it was a dream. I'm still having to pinch myself. Turns out they were on a break from filming a spot for the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society. Anyway, I wanted to share this story. It was so cool that he was such a gentleman, gracious and engaging. I told him, "man I can't believe how we just ran into you like this." He smiles and says, "Welcome to Nashville".
     
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  2. artdecade

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    I've never met anyone that has a sour thing to say about Tommy - and if they did, I 'm not sure I would believe them.
     
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  3. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

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    Oh, and since on TDPRI, it's "pictures or it didn't happen":
    Tommy1.jpg
    Tommy3.jpg
    Tommy4.jpg Tommy7.jpg
     
  4. richiek65

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    Very very cool!

    You and he have the same hair, almost!

    I've seen Tommy play about 50 times, and I used to take lessons from his brother back in the 80s, (I'm still trying to master those lessons)

    Have you checked out Tommy and Phil on youtube?
     
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    This confirms my suspicion that he always walks around with a guitar on.
     
  6. Chicago Matt

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    Yes! I've been a fan for many years and my wife and I have seen Tommy a couple of times in Atlanta. Never had the chance to see him with Phil except on the internet. Awesome that you took lessons from Phil!
     
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    How cool, and what a genuinely nice guy who clearly loves what he does. I’ve been working on some of his stuff for the past year or two and I would LOVE the opportunity to run into him and ask a few questions. Not sure how much it would help, but at least I could ask :D
     
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    One of those Those lifetime events !
     
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    How did you let him get away? Next time he is in Australia, you need to petition the government to add him to the historical treasures list and make sure he doesn't leave again. ;)
     
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    Great story, Matt. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    How freaking cool is that?! I spend a month in Melbourne in 2007 and got to tour the Maton factory. Tommy was there the day before going over a new guitar they were making for him. Missed him by that much! Great person and MONSTER guitarist. His brother Phil was amazing too. Check out his tele playing.....otherworldly.
     
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    Yes, he was great as well although I did not know his name. Thanks for that. We hung around for a bit when they resumed filming and he and Tommy played a duet. Though, at that point, we were standing 20 ft away and it was a bit hard to hear.
     
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    Y’all look like you could be brothers.
     
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    Ha, ha! We're about the same age. Wish I had his fingers. :cool:
     
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    What a cool, cool story! He seems like a very nice man. Glad you had this opportunity!
     
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    I've seen Tommy a couple of times over the years, the first time playing with Albert Lee for a Maton promo. Tommy played Lady Madonna (superbly) and at the end of the song said "I'd like to introduce you to my bass player" and held up his thumb.
     
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    What a wonderful meeting!

    A friend treated me to his Toronto concert. Just an amazing show.
     
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    How awesome, brilliant musician and a nice guy.
     
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    Cool story.

    Cheers,
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