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".