State Theatre, in New Brunswick, will present Grammy® nominated guitarist Tommy Emmanuel on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 8pm. The legendary guitarist and native of Australia, Emmanuel has had an astounding career that spans almost five decades.
Tickets range from $20-45. Emmanuel’s unique style—he calls it simply “finger style”—is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all 10 fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Emmanuel plays all that—and more—on one guitar. In all, Emmanuel’s catalogue includes 20 albums running the gamut of solos, duets, ensembles, cover tunes, originals, and both electric and acoustic guitar. He has played on recordings for Air Supply, Men at Work, and dozens of other popular bands and artists, as well as thousands of commercial jingles. He also tours all over the world, having performed over 300 concerts a year for the last five years.
Guitar players of all levels come to his shows to watch the magic hands of the ‘guitar Wizard of Oz.’ In 1985 Emmanuel joined one of the decade’s biggest Australian rock bands, Dragon, and recorded the platinum-selling album Dreams of Ordinary Men. In 1987, Dragon toured with Tina Turner on her ‘Break Every Rule’ tour. As a songwriter (co-writing with 1960s Australian star Steve Kipner), his compositions have been recorded by Olivia Newton-John, Al Jarreau, and Sheena Easton. It is for his successful solo career, however, that Emmanuel is best known.Emmanuel’s popularity in the U.S. has grown immensely in the last few years. In 2005, Emmanuel was inducted into the National Thumbpickers’ Hall of Fame in Muhlenberg, KY (the only non-American ever to be selected) and awarded with Thumbpicker of the Year and Album of the Year by the group as well. He played Carnegie Hall for Les Paul’s 90th birthday Tribute Concert and in 2008, Guitar Player Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine named him Best Acoustic Guitarist and Gold Medalist – Fingerstyle category in the Readers’ Choice and Players’ Choice Awards, respectively.
Emmanuel has recorded over 20 albums in the past three decades. His songs include the 1998 Grammy® nominated “Gameshow Rag” and more recently, the 2007 Grammy® nominated “Smokey Mountain Lullaby,” a duet with Chet Atkins which won “Instrumental of the Year” at the 35th Tamworth Country Music Festival.
For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at www.StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Friday 10am to5pm; and at least two hours prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517.