Tommy Emmanuel CGP - with Special Guest Jerry Douglas
- Presented By: Cullen Performance Hall
- Dates: December 1, 2023
- Location: Cullen Performance Hall
- Address: 4300 University Dr.
- Phone: (832) 842-3131
- Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
- Price: $94.50-$29.50
- Admission: $94.50-$29.50
Tommy was born in 1955 in Muswellbrook, New South Wales Australia, and started playing the guitar at age four. In his twnties, he was the most sought-after performer and session musician in Sydney. By age 30, he was burning on electric guitar with several rock bands in stadiums across Europe. He could have gon on to live the rock star life. Yet, he yearned for something purer and closer to his heart. Casting off the reliable rock band engine of monstrous sonics blasting, Tommy went acoustic. The inspiration for Tommy's transformation was his hero, Chet Atkins, who represented the purity of one man, one guitar, and unlimited passion for serving the song. Eventually Tommy met his hero and started a lifelong friendship which shaped Tommy's music forever. Chet welcomed Tommy into guiutarist knighthood by bestowing upon him the coveted title of CGP (Certified Guitar Player), an honor awarded only to four other humans ever, and they recorded an album together, 'The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World."