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Tommy Emmanuel with special guests Pat Bergeson & Annie Sellick

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Tommy Emmanuel with special guests Pat Bergeson & Annie Sellick
Friday, July 20, 2018 8:00 PM
Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, VA
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  • Ticket Price: $50.50 - $67.00
  • Door Time: 7:00 PM
  • Show Type: Guitarist
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  Tommy Emmanuel
A master technician, Emmanuel started professionally at age 6, rising through the ranks as a studio player and member of several Australian rock bands before he set off on a solo career. One of only five musicians handpicked by his mentor, Chet Atkins, as a Certified Guitar Player (CGP), he's piled up numerous accolades, including two Grammy nominations, two ARIA Awards from the Australian Record Industry Association, and repeated honors in the Guitar Player magazine reader's poll. 

A noted fingerstyle guitarist, Emmanuel frequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords and the bass all at once. His talents, which translate in any language, carry him to the far cornewrs of the globe, but Emmanuel never plays the same show twice, and he improvises big chunks of every show. That leaves him open to those technical imperfections, though they also provide some of the humanity to an other-worldly talent.

  "It's all about the feeling of the music," Emmanuel says. "And it has to make me feel something. I'm still playing for myself, you know, because I figure if I please me, the I'm pretty sure I'm gonna please yoy. And that's not an arrogant statement, it's just quality control."

Pat Bergeson
Guitarist and harmonica player Pat Bergeson has written, toured, and recorded with many of his musical heroes. Beginning at the University of Illinois in his home state, he moved on to New York City and picked up a Jazz Studies degree at William Paterson University. After playing in New York for ten years, he moved to Nashville upon the request of Chet Atkins who heard Pat on a demo tape. Chet invited him to play on his album "Sneakin' Around" with Jerry Reed, and later featured Pat's guitar and compositions on his 1994 releases "Read My Licks" and "Simpatico" with Chet Atkins and Suzy Bogguss. Pat continued to tour and record with Chet for several years, and was named as one of his top twelve favorite guitarists in the Oct. 2001 issue of Vintage Guitar magazine. pat playing guitar A versatile guitarist and harmonica player, Pat's style incorporates jazz, blues, rock and finger style and he is known for his session work with a variety of artists. He has been in the studio with Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Dolly Parton, Peter Frampton, Michael McDonald, Tommy Emmanuel, Bill Frisell, Martin Taylor, Suzy Bogguss, Chrissie Hynde, Bill Evans, Benny Golson, Joey DeFrancesco, and many others. He has toured with Chet Atkins, Lyle Lovett, Shelby Lynne, Suzy Bogguss and Madeleine Peyroux. Pat has been a teacher and producer, played on many Grammy Award-winning records, and has appeared on many movie soundtracks.