Tommy Emmanuel Inspires Global Audiences with Distinctive Approach

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Tommy Emmanuel
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Experienced public administrator David Frasher is the City Manager of Hot Springs, Arkansas, in which role he oversees the city’s hiring, departments, and funding. In his leisure time, David Frasher enjoys listening to acoustic guitar music and names Tommy Emmanuel as one of his favorite acoustic guitarists.

Tommy Emmanuel, an Australian musician, has won Australia’s Best Guitarist award four times. His fingerstyle guitar music integrates a variety of genres with jazz improvisation, ranging from rock to blues, classical, country, Spanish, and more.

Emmanuel won two ARIA awards during his time as a songwriter and sideman, and in 1988 he began his solo career. After a short sabbatical in 2007 due to health issues, he immediately started recording new music. His innovative approach to combining acoustic and electric guitars has earned him fame around the world.

Emmanuel, who only sightreads music, insists that the feeling of the music is his inspiration; if his music makes him feel inspired, then he knows that it will inspire his fans. This humanistic, carefree approach to music is likely what makes him appealing to his worldwide audience; while many musicians edit out the finger noise in their albums, he leaves these imperfections in as his signature.

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