TOMMY EMMANUEL With Mike Dawes Roll Out All-Instrumental Reimagining Of “Be My Mistake” By The 1975

Article Contributed by SRO | Published on Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Acoustic guitarist extraordinaire TOMMY EMMANUEL today (September 21) rolls out the video for “Be My Mistake.” It’s a sparkling instrumental arrangement of the song by the band The 1975 from their 2018 album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. Watch the video here that was premiered yesterday by Pop Matters which wrote: “Guitar luminaries Tommy Emmanuel and Mike Dawes join together for a gorgeous acoustic interpretation of the 1975’s hit ballad, “Be My Mistake”. The arrangement is approached with trademark restraint. For decades, Emmanuel has let heart and substance surmount flash, and Dawes is a forthcoming virtuoso cut from the same cloth. Both allow the original song’s melancholy to overtake the complexities of their arrangement, bringing an emotional core to an impressive display of fingerstyle and percussive guitar techniques.”

“Be My Mistake” marks the third single and video from EMMANUEL’s ACCOMPLICE SERIES VOL. 3, his five-song EP with British acoustic guitar virtuoso Mike Dawes out this Friday, September 23 on CGP SOUNDS. Pre-order the EP here.

The video for “Be My Mistake” was filmed, directed, and edited by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard for Neighborhoods Apart. It was filmed live in the director's home outside of Nashville, TN, with the live audio recorded by Dylan Allredge. Quotes from TOMMY and Mike about “Be My Mistake” are below as is the EP’s track listing. More info about the EP is HERE.

TOMMY and Mike joined forces last year to record and release their interpretation of Goyte’s 2011 hit “Somebody That I Used To Know” (described by Guitar Player as “spellbinding,” 6/24/21) and followed it with their cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” of which Guitar World noted: “the acoustic virtuoso duo combine powers to rework the era-defining grunge anthem, with spectacular results” (6/23/22). TOMMY and Mike next released their arrangement of the Sting gem, “Fields of Gold” which Glide Magazine praised as “a colorful take where a breezy soul elevates this nostalgic yet melancholy tune to imaginative double melodies.”


“Be My Mistake” Quotes

Tommy Emmanuel: “Mike brought this song to my attention, and he had it all arranged and worked up as a solo piece. Everything he was doing was just what it needed, so I only had to find some spaces to add a few ideas and stay out of his way. Hopefully, I embellished enough to create some beauty. Recording together with our engineer, Marc DeSisto in LA, was a happy, creative experience that recording should be, and we found our mojo in our different sounding guitars and styles and put them together and let it mesh! Hope you all enjoy the music.”
Mike Dawes: “’Be My Mistake’ is probably my favorite cut from the record. This 'The 1975' cover was the only new arrangement we didn't record live together in the studio. Instead, as Tommy hadn't heard it before, I played my rhythm guitar part in one take whilst he listened. He then listened to playback to further acknowledge the structure. Then, he sat down and just NAILED it. This moment captured is a testament to Tommy as the greatest player out there. Every touch and delicate phrase sit with such an iconic character. Note his amazing mandolin impression in the second half. A beautiful way to conclude a special record that has been a privilege to create.”
TOMMY and his special guest Mike, who’ve toured together in the past including this past January’s run, will do so again in the U.S. starting in December 2022. The dates follow below and most shows are on sale now.

Full Track Listing for Accomplice EP #3:

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana cover)
2. Slow Dancing In a Burning Room (John Mayer cover)
3. Fields of Gold (Sting cover)
4. Somebody I Used to Know (Gotye cover)
5. Be My Mistake (1975 cover)

6-Dec TUE--Boise, ID @ Egyptian Theatre
7-Dec WED--Salem, OR @ Elsinore Theatre
9-Dec FRI--Bend, OR @ Tower Theatre
10-Dec SAT--Grants Pass, OR @ Rogue Theatre
11-Dec SUN--Chico, CA @ Laxson Auditorium
13-Dec TUE--Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre
14-Dec WED--San Juan Capistrano, CA @ Coach House
15-Dec THU--San Juan Capistrano, CA @ Coach House
16-Dec FRI--Malibu, CA @ Smothers Theatre