Esteemed Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer and performer TOMMY EMMANUEL yesterday (11/30) unveiled the official music video for "Looking Forward To The Past" featuring Rodney Crowell with No Depression. Tara Joan of No Depression notes the upcoming ACCOMPLICE ONE album is "...a testament to his musical diversity with songs that stretch from authentic country-blues to face-melting rock via tender and devastatingly pure guitar playing." Click here to watch/share the western-themed video that was directed by Joshua Britt & Neilson Hubbard.
"When [Crowell] asked me to play on his new album, I suggested we trade and he sing on my album," EMMANUEL told American Songwriter which premiered the audio of the song last week (11/21). "It was a deal! When I went to his studio to play on his track, he sang me this song and I came back the next day and we recorded 'Looking Forward To The Past.' Rodney works the same way I like to: sitting down and playing as if it's in front of an audience. We capture a performance, and we don't manufacture it." Crowell adds: "Playing guitar and singing with Tommy Emmanuel is like catching a ride with an F-15 fighter jet pilot. Gravity has no effect on Tommy; it's as if he literally flies a guitar."
ACCOMPLICE ONE--out January 19 on CGP Sounds and distributed by Thirty Tigers--is a 16-track collaborative album featuring guest artists such as Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires, J.D. Simo, Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman and more. Pre-orders for the new album are available now and will come with instant grat tracks, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of The Bay" featuring J.D. Simo in addition to the aforementioned "Borderline" featuring Amanda Shires and "Looking Forward To The Past" featuring Rodney Crowell. For physical formats, the CD is available here and vinyl here. For digital, visit iTunes here.
Rolling Stone Country partnered up with EMMANUEL to premiere "Borderline" featuring Amanda Shires, the moving roots-infused rendition of the Madonna classic, with Jon Freeman noting: "The danceable groove is time-shifted to a lilting waltz, with Shires' plaintive fiddle replacing the bubbly synthesizer hook. Shires' vocal performance, with harmonies from Emmanuel, adds a touch of vulnerability to the lyrics..." Click here to watch the official "Borderline" music video featuring EMMANUEL and Shires, which was filmed at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, TN and directed by Joshua Britt & Neilson Hubbard with Neighborhoods Apart.
Produced by EMMANUEL--whom is distinguished as one of only five musicians handpicked by his mentor, Chet Atkins, as a Certified Guitar Player (CGP)--ACCOMPLICE ONE opens with "Deep River Blues" featuring Grammy-winning Americana raconteur Jason Isbell who says, "If you like guitar playing, it simply doesn't get any better than Tommy." The songs on ACCOMPLICE ONE are a mix of new takes on indelible classics and brand-new originals from TOMMY and his collaborators.
EMMANUEL is currently in the midst of his annual "Classics & Christmas Tour" stopping in thirteen Midwest markets this holiday season. His extensive touring itinerary has the acclaimed musician on the road through April of 2018, with more dates being added. On select 2018 tour dates, EMMANUEL will be joined by ACCOMPLICE ONE special guests such as J.D. Simo, Rodney Crowell, Amanda Shires and Suzy Boggus. See all upcoming tour dates here, which include stops in San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Malibu, San Diego, Boston, New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, Orlando, and many others.
TRACK LISTING FOR ACCOMPLICE ONE:
"Deep River Blues" with Jason Isbell
"Song and Dance Man" with Ricky Skaggs
"Saturday Night Shuffle" with Jorma Kaukonen & Pat Bergeson
"Wheelin' & Dealin'"with J.D. Simo & Charlie Cushman
"C-Jam Blues" with David Grisman & Bryan Sutton
"(Sittin' On) The Dock of The Bay" with J.D. Simo
"Borderline" with Amanda Shires
"You Don't Want To Get You One Of Those" with Mark Knopfler
"Keepin' It Reel" with Clive Carrol
"Looking Forward To The Past" with Rodney Crowell
"Purple Haze" with Jerry Douglas
"Rachel's Lullaby" with Jake Shimabukuro
"Djangology" with Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
"Watson Blues" with David Grisman & Bryan Sutton
"Tittle Tattle" with Jack Pearson
"The Duke's Message" with Suzy Bogguss