Imagine getting to sit, as a keen guitarist, with one of the best guitar players in the world with just a couple of hours to ask him… any question (and my list of questions was always long) then have him answer all of those questions…
That was what it was like for me when I conducted the interviews for “Australian Guitar Magazine”.
I conducted over 200 in the 10 year period that I did the interviews.
Each one was great and I always walked away feeling that I’d gained something of a greater insight.
The interview with Tommy Emmanuel was really something and especially enlightening.
Being around someone with that much drive and passion for his music is inspiring and I hope that comes across as you watch this interview.
Tommy had really achieved everything he could in Australia so felt he needed to relocate overseas.
Over the years I’ve watched Tommy Emmanuel play in all sorts of situations and he always brought something 1st rate and classy to the performance.
The first time I saw Tommy play was with Doug Parkinson and it was really impressive to see him foil off one of Australia’s great singers.
If you check out Doug Parkinson’s recording of “I’ll Be Around” the solo is Tommy, barely out of his teens but announcing that he was a guitar player to watch in the future.
After moving to England Tommy created quite a stir.
Then moving to America he built a large and loyal following.
With his constant touring Tommy established himself as one of the top acts in the world, not bad for a country boy from Australia!
Tommy & Jerry Douglas – Opera House Sydney
The last time I saw Tommy Emmanuel was at the Opera House a couple of years ago here in Sydney.
It was a double bill with Jerry Douglas who is widely considered to be the greatest dobro player of all time…He’s certainly one of the greatest.
If you saw “O Brother, Where Art Thou” starring George Clooney the dobro playing featured in the soundtrack is Jerry Douglas.
The DVD of the live concert “Alison Krauss and Union Station” has some spectacular playing by Jerry Douglas and I highly recommend it.
It was filmed over two nights in 2002 at the Louisville Palace, Kentucky.
The band is great! Alison Krauss sings wonderfully then Jerry Douglas adds a level of virtuosity that is jaw dropping at times.
The Opera House concert was superb.
Jerry Douglas came out first and did a solo set after which Tommy did a solo set of his own then Jerry Douglas joined Tommy onstage.
We were treated to something really special as two of the world’s great musicians, at the top of their game, produced a powerhouse display.
One of Jerry Douglas’s show pieces is his “Choctaw Hayride” and there are a lot of clips you can see online of Tommy jamming out with Jerry Douglas on “Choctaw Hayride” which are all very impressive and give a good impression of what the concert at the Opera House was like that night.
The two hour interview was edited into different parts & this is actually part 2 but they all stand alone.