Tommy Emmanuel: You Gotto Go See This Guy

There are so many musicians out there. So many shows you can go and see. But, I’ve got one for you, and I need to tell you that I rarely, rarely pass along an artist to say “You need to go see this guy.” But in this case, everyone who loves the guitar needs to go see this guy. It’s Tommy Emmanuel, and he’s coming to the McNair Studio of Bass Hall in Fort Worth, on Friday, February 10th.

Tommy is, quite simply, THE best guitar player I have personally seen, and quite possibly the best in the world today. I mean that in all seriousness.

Yet, I would bet many of us have never heard of the guy. Let’s put it this way….the legendary LES PAUL is a Tommy Emmanuel fan, and lists him as one of the three bests guitarists in the world.

Originally from Australia, I believe he now lives in Tennessee, having had the good sense to marry an American.


You can learn more about him here
You can learn more about the Bass show

Scroll down and click on the “tell me more” for a tasty little treat of Tommy’s work…it’s better than the soundclips you’ll get at Tommy’s website, because it’s an actual live cut…and yes, that’s him playing solo…

Again, as I said, very rarely do I pass something along like this.

If I could tie you all down, throw you in a van and make you go, I would….he’s THAT good…

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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