"Original Music and its Managing Director, Rod Tamlyn, have just concluded an agreement with world renowned guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. Tommy says: 'The agreement will enable Original Music and me to deliver new product to our distributors in all parts of the world.' Rod Tamlyn was engineer and producer of Tommy's albums 'Up From Down Under' and 'Only'.
He was also successful in securing the widest distribution ever of Tommy's music throughout the world. This included negotiating the deal with Steve Vai's exclusive label Favoured Nations Acoustic, enabling Tommy to move to new heights in his celebrated music career".
Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel has a professional career that spans over four decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. Tommy's unique style - he calls it simply "finger style" - is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers.
Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to pick up the guitar as a child. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans. In 1999, Chet honored Tommy Emmanuel with the title of "Certified Guitar Player" for his lifetime contribution to the instrument, a rare honor shared by only three other people in the world (Jerry Reed, Steve Warner and John Knowles). Atkins eventually recorded with Tommy in 1996 on "The Day the Finger Pickers Took Over the World", for which Emmanuel received his first Grammy award nomination. This was also Atkins last recording.
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