TOMMY EMMANUEL Today Releases New Video For “Mr. Guitar (Live)” In Honor Of Chet Atkins’ 100th Birthday

Article Contributed by SRO | Published on Thursday, June 20, 2024

In honor of what would have been Chet Atkins’ 100th birthday today (June 20), Grammy® Award winner TOMMY EMMANUEL has released a newly shot video of “Mr. Guitar (Live).” It’s a song that TOMMY wrote in honor of the legendary and influential guitar pioneer.

Watch the video, filmed at TOMMY’s home outside of Nashville, TN and directed by Joshua Britt & Neilson Hubbard for Neighborhoods Apart, HERE. It was premiered yesterday (June 19) by The Bluegrass Situation.

The original studio recording of “Mr. Guitar” appeared on Tommy Emmanuel's 1997 collaborative album with Chet Atkins titled The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World.

A live version the song, “Mr. Guitar (Live),” recorded in St. Louis, is featured as a live bonus track on TOMMY's album, Endless Road: 20th Anniversary Edition, released May 28, 2024.

There’s also a new version of “Mr. Guitar” that TOMMY recorded with Grammy-winning bluegrass fiddler Michael Cleveland. It appears on the multi-artist album WE STILL CAN’T SAY GOODBYE – A Musicians’ Tribute to Chet Atkins, released March 15, 2024.

TOMMY EMMANUEL is an acoustic guitarist extraordinaire, composer, and global touring artist. He is also one of five people ever named a C.G.P. (Certified Guitar Player) by Chet Atkins, the innovator, songwriter, producer, record company executive, and visionary.

“Mentoring and encouraging people is something that Chet always did,” TOMMY says. “I try to do this thing with Gareth (Pearson), and I try to do the same with all young people. I encourage them to do things that I learned from Chet. I hope that somewhere somehow, I showed somebody something because of him that changed their life and made their life better. Cause he sure did that for me.”

Read HERE for more about ENDLESS ROAD: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION. Regarded as a landmark album within TOMMY’s body of work, Endless Road has now been newly remastered for digital outlets and is also available for the first time ever on vinyl.

TOMMY is also coming off a dynamic 2023. He released his acclaimed collaborations album ACCOMPLICE TWO to great acclaim and earned the “Lifetime Achievement” Award from The National GUITAR Museum.

Here are TOMMY’s North American tour dates for 2024. The full international list of dates is HERE.




Thursday, June 20

Boulder, CO

Chautauqua Auditorium

Friday, June 21

Aspen, CO

JAS June Experience

Sunday, June 23

Telluride, CO

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Wednesday, July 10

Nashville, TN

Grand Ole Opry

Friday, July 12 -13

Nashville, TN

Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention

Wednesday, October 9

London, ON

Centennial Hall

Thursday, October 10

Toronto, ON

Massey Hall

Friday, October 11

Kitchener, ON

Center in the Square (Kitchener)

Saturday, October 12

Ottawa, ON

Meridian Theatres

Sunday, October 13

Montreal, QC

Place Des Arts Maison Symphonique

Tuesday, October 15

Fredericton, NB

The Fredericton Playhouse

Wednesday, October 16

Moncton, NB

Capitol Theatre

Thursday, October 17

Saint John, NB

Imperial Theatre

Saturday, October 19

Halifax, NS

Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

Thursday, December 5

Orlando, FL

The Plaza Live

Friday, December 6

Fort Myers, FL

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

Saturday, December 7

Clearwater, FL

Bilheimer Capitol Theatre

Sunday, December 8

Jacksonville, FL

Florida Theatre

Tuesday, December 10

Charlotte, NC

Knight Theater

Wednesday, December 11

Newberry, SC

Newberry Opera House

Thursday, December 12

Asheville, NC

The Orange Peel

Saturday, December 14

Charlottesville, VA

The Paramount Theater

Sunday, December 15

Hopewell, VA

Beacon Theatre