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Getting to play with Tommy Emmanuel at a workshop was a dream come true for me. His playing is wildly impeccable, peerless, and straight from the heart. His awards are too numerous to list, but some of them include 2-time Grammy Nominee, CGP from Chet Atkins, the Queen's dubbing of Member of the Order of Australia, etc. Thanks Tommy for giving the world a gift we can never repay.
TommyEmmanuel.com (photo by Dave Hill)
Treat yourself (photo by Michelle Trace): GuitarHill.com
Whenever I need a good laugh, I just look at a picture of Antsy McClain -- I mean, I listen to some of his humor-filled music! Antsy's music makes me laugh and cry -- coz he's got the hair that even Dolly would be jealous of. How can you compete with that! unhitched.com
Check out all the fun stuff he's up to: PaulyZarb.com
Joe Robinson makes the guitar come alive with his innovative licks and lightening-fast fingers! He's the recipient of numerous awards including the 2009 Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. He also won the instrumental category among seniors in the same competition as well as the male instrumental categories: Contemporary, Jazz, Open and Original Works in the class of 16 to 24 year-old contestants. And he's one of the sweetest guys I know! Here's why they call him "Smokin' Joe": joerobinson.com/
What an extreme joy it was to get to meet John Knowles and hang a little at Tommy Emmanuel's Guitar Camp. Not only is John an amazing guitar player, he's also super sweet and very articulate as a teacher and story teller. You can just feel the energy of his wise soul! John has worked with the finest fingerstyle and classical guitarists including Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Lenny Breau and the Romero Family. His music has been recorded by Chet, Jerry, the Romero Family and James Galway. He's also an amazing transcriptionist. He has more hidden talent than Dorothy's red shoes! Find out more about this remarkable man at: johnknowles.com/
I met Muriel Anderson at a music event in Nashville and was at once moved by her humility and graciousness. Being the first woman ever to win the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in Winfield, KS, and having recorded or performed with people like Chet Atkins and Les Paul, she has been one of my guitar heroes for several years. She's pictured here playing the harp guitar. In the back is that amazing, award-winning percussionist Kyle Jones. MurielAnderson.com and KyleJones.com
I had the privilege of meeting Jack Pearson in Nashville and getting to hear him play. His talent is exceeded only by his warm-heartedness. He was a member of the Allman Brothers Band, as well as played with Vince Gill, Tommy Emmanuel, Keb Mo, and a whole slew of other awesome performers. Listen to his diversity and technical prowess: JackPearson.com
My Favorite bass player is Victor Wooten. Just being around his infectious smile and upbeat aura makes you happy! He started playing at the age of 2 and has gathered five Grammy's (so far) in his glistening career. He plays it like he feels it -- hmmmm . . . must be something to that! VictorWooten.com
Getting to hang with Peter Readey and his wife Sharon, has been one of the most rewarding things I've experienced in Nashville. His amazing finger style guitar sounds have been used in numerous films and documentaries. Generous, kind, fun-loving and always willing to help, he and his wife are just plain good old souls! Here's a sample of his beautiful playing:
My friend Tom, passed away in early 2017 but his beautiful legacy of music will always remain in our hearts, and the grace of his presence will be long remembered.
Harold Payne has over 100 recordings with acts as diverse as Patti LaBelle, Rod Stewart & long time collaborator, Bobby Womack. He's also opened for Van Morrison, Kenny Loggins, Collin Raye, The Beach Boys & Hawaiian legend “Iz” (Israel Kamakawiwo..ole). And, get this, he's been an international ambassador of music and good will to Russia, Indonesia, Europe, Japan, Cuba, India & the South Pacific. What impressed me the most about Harold when I met him in LA was his genuine desire to help people and bring people together. Harold is the type of guy who never meets a stranger. You'll be touched by his magnanimous spirit when you hear his music. HaroldPayneMusic.com