Tommy Emmanuel comes to Lebanon on April 13

Lebanon Opera House
Press Release
February 28. 2018 7:49PM
Tommy Emmanuel (Photo credit: Alysse Gafkjen)

Esteemed Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer and performer TOMMY EMMANUEL will be stopping locally in LEBANON on FRIDAY, APRIL 13 for a headlining show at the LEBANON OPERA HOUSE with special guest Suzy Bogguss, as he continues to tour in support of his new album, ACCOMPLICE ONE (released January 19, 2018 on CGP Sounds and distributed by Thirty Tigers).

ACCOMPLICE ONE, the 16-track collaborative album, features guest artists such as Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Amanda Shires, Jerry Douglas, J.D. Simo, Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman and more. The album was #1 on the Billboard “Bluegrass Albums” charts upon its release and also debuted in Top 5 on Billboard‘s “Heatseekers Albums,” Top 15 on “Independent Albums,” and Top 20 on the “Americana/Folk” chart alongside its #1 debut on the iTunes “Jazz Albums” chart while also achieving a #10 debut on Americana Music Association‘s “Top 40 Albums” chart.

Produced by EMMANUEL--whom is distinguished as one of only five musicians handpicked by his mentor, Chet Atkins, as a Certified Guitar Player (CGP)--ACCOMPLICE ONE opens with “Deep River Blues” featuring Grammy-winning Americana raconteur Jason Isbell who says, “If you like guitar playing, it simply doesn’t get any better than Tommy.” ACCOMPLICE ONE is a testament to EMMANUEL’s musical diversity, the range of expression that stretches from authentic country-blues to face-melting rock shredding, by way of tender and devastating pure song playing. The songs are a mix of new takes on indelible classics and brand new originals from TOMMY and his collaborators. 

Country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs lends his mandolin and unmistakable voice to “Song and Dance Man,” a chronicle of a life lived for the next show. TOMMY and Rodney Crowell’s “Looking Forward to the Past” could’ve topped the country charts in another era, with TOMMY’s propulsive rhythm supporting Crowell’s sly lyrics while his tasty lead playing weave in and out. ACCOMPLICE ONE, full of standouts, delivers a jaw-dropping rendition of “Purple Haze” with Dobro master Jerry Douglas that captures all the fire and energy of the Hendrix original as the two modern masters push each other to new heights with each raunchy slide and bend. “You Don’t Want to Get You One of Those” showcases a sly vocal and acoustic duet with Dire Straits’ legend Mark Knopfler. “Djangology” is a gypsy jazz treat cut live in Havana, Cuba with Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo and “Rachel’s Lullaby” reunites TOMMY with Hawaiian ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro. The song, written for TOMMY’S youngest daughter, shows him continuing to find inspiration from an evergreen source–his love of his family. See below for full track listing.

ACCOMPLICE ONE has been receiving critical praise with Music Connection giving it a 10 out 10 star review in their January issue and Iain Patience from Elmore Magazine saying, “this delicious album of duets already seems likely to be an album of the year. Emmanuel is always genuinely extraordinary, with Accomplice One, he has again pushed out the boat, delivering a 16-track masterpiece” (1/14/18). Elsewhere, American Songwriter’s Hal Horowitz noted (in his 4 out of 5 star review), “All involved seem to be having a delightful time…and the musicianship is as superb as you’d expect…While serious stringed music students will devour every note here, Accomplice One will also appeal to roots music lovers who have never picked up a guitar” (1/16/18) and Scott Bampton from added, “For an artist with nothing to prove, Tommy Emmanuel’s Accomplice One proves so much. Primarily, it proves what a unique and valuable talent he is.And with so many great releases behind him, Accomplice One also proves there’s still plenty of uncharted territory Tommy Emmanuel’s wandering fingers are itching to explore” (1/10/18). Read more HERE.


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