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(3049) Rhonda Morris
Thu, 6 June 2013 16:53:35 +0000

I'm going to be at your performance tonight at the Harrison Opera House. Can hardly wait to see you in person and be inspired by your music! I took lessons under Claymon Sawyer, who was a close friend of Chet's and played on some of his albums. Chet used to come to Elizabeth City, NC when he was visiting with Merle (daughter) and Claymon would have him over for a jam session. I was just a kid then and they are both gone but their music lives on. Thanks for your passion!!
Rhonda Morris

(3048) Roger Growe
Thu, 6 June 2013 16:12:04 +0000

Elizabeth Cotton wrote Freight Train just 20 miles from Durham North Carolina

Dear Tommy:

Welcome back. Since you are constantly on the road, one day in Edinburgh another in Nashville or Warsaw, you might not realize that when you get to this stage you are very near the center of “fingerpicking nation”. Of course you might already know this but on the off chance you don’t I thought it only right to let you know.

Elizabeth Cotton grew up in Carrboro, a small working-class town next to Chapel Hill and just a stone’s throw from the train tracks and freight yards that served the textile mills across the track. Every time I cross those tracks I think of a skinny young girl wondering where those trains have been and where they might take her. Your standard suggestion for new guitar players is “get a guitar, figure out how to tune it and learn Freight Train”, so I thought it best to make sure you knew.

You play to great and appreciative audiences worldwide, but in Durham you’ll play for family.

Piedmont blues comes from right here in the Piedmont and thousands of folks play it around here every evening after work on their front porch or in their parlor. Blind boy Fuller is from these parts. Durham was a major stop on the “chitlin circuit” for African American players and the influence of folks like Blind Willie Mctell are still felt around here.

Rev. Gary Davis was a street preacher and guitar player in Durham for years before moving to New York and being “discovered”.

Many of the folks in your audience in Durham have roots in the mountains. If you go west on I 40, and I’m sure you have, you pass the turnoff to Doc and Merle Watson’s homeplace, many folks in the Durham audience will be regular attendees at Merle Fest. A little further and you’ll see the sign for Morganton, the home of Etta Baker (who gave us Railroad Bill and hundreds of other fingerstyle tunes). Of course Earl Scruggs lived nearby.

Mountain people are a culture all their own and claim any Southern Appalachian mountain player as their own. So, both Chet Atkins and Brownie McGhee are considered local mountain boys “done good”.

We are not afraid to mix country with old time and jazz in these parts. Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith lived most of his life just south of here and is a local hero. Hank Garland was raised just over the South Carolina line and John Coltrane is from a small town just to the south.

This is just a little of why you’re coming to this area to play for us is so important. We all really appreciate your giving nature and humanity as well as your mastery of a style we hold so dear as part of our culture.

This will be the 1st time I get to see you live though I have been a fan since you and Chet took over the world. Every time you come around I seem to be in some village in rural India or so engrossed in work that I just miss the news of you being here.

Not this time.

Cheers,
Roger


(3047) Julio Domingo
Thu, 6 June 2013 14:40:23 +0000

Hi Tommy! Firstly, I want to thank you for everything: your music, your websites, your way of being. It's amazing how, without knowing me, you help me be better, not only on guitar (I've started to learn "Borsalino") , also in life. Like you said in your video "Tommy's Gear", you have the power to make many people happy, and that's wonderful. I'm one of those people, and I'm very pleased to be able to enjoy your music. I wish I could go to any of your concerts. Are you planning to come to Spain? I know you came here in last november, but I didn't hear about it until later so I had no chance to go. Anyway, thanks again and please, continue doing what you do!


 


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(3046) Jenny Miller
Thu, 6 June 2013 06:06:28 +0000

Hi Tommy - just wanted to drop you a note to thank-you for one of the biggest nights of my boyfriend's life. He & I came to see your show at the Fur Peace Ranch on Sunday, June 2nd. He was hoping you would have some time after the show to do autographs & talk - he even brought one of his favorite guitars hoping you would be able to sign it.

What an awesome performance you put on that night. It was our first time at FPR, and as we were making our way over to the concession stand from our car, we saw you walking around, greeting some of the guests. You were so approachable and generous with your time. So Greg was really thinking positive about the possibility of getting to meet you after the show. Well, you were way beyond our expectations. It was a pleasure watching you taking the time to talk to everyone individually - making them feel as if they were the only ones in the room with you - not hurrying them through to get to the next person. When it was our turn to meet you, Greg was so nervous he made me go first. You made us feel really special and I'll never forget the look on his face when you strummed a little of "Waltzing Matilda" on his guitar. He never in a million years thought that would happen.

The picture I took of you and him together is something we are going to cherish for a long time. Thank you so much for a wonderful evening, Tommy. May God Bless You in your travels - hopefully they will bring you back around again to FPR. But nothing could ever replace the thrill you gave my guy that night.



(3045) John McBride
Thu, 6 June 2013 00:41:43 +0000

I just want you to know how much of an inspiration you have been to my guitar playing. You are an incredible musician, a great entertainer and a humble talented man. I missed out on your visit to Belfast during March do you know when you might be touring again as i would very much like to watch you perform. Thanks for the inspiration, never stop writing, performing, playing and touring. I hope to meet you some day. Have wonderful day, John McBride.


 


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(3044) Sébastien
Wed, 5 June 2013 16:17:09 +0000

Hi Tommy, I'm from Montréal in Canada and I wanted to know if you were planning to pass by this year ? If so, do you know when ?

By the way, I really like what you do, you really influence the way I play guitar.

Thank you for reading and have a good day !

(3043) Curtis
Wed, 5 June 2013 13:30:20 +0000

Hi Mr. Emmanuel I am a really impressed and new fan. I saw you on youtube playing classical gas, and your version blew me away! I have bought "Only" on itunes recently and plan to get everything else by you as well!

I do have an alterior motive in typing on here to be honest and it was to ask if your ever looking for a song request(which I'm sure you get way too many to start with) but I figure its worth a shot, I'd love to hear your take on "Music for a found Harmonium" by the Penguin cafe Orchestra

Happy belated birthday hope it was rockin!

(3042) Ronald Milner
Wed, 5 June 2013 05:28:42 +0000

Hello Tommy,
I have deen lucky enough ti chat with you some when you blew our socks off i Grass Valley , calofornia. Im the guy who looked like Einstein.

I was lucky to catch a show you did on KVIE this evening and have an idea for you. You threw in a few licks on the part of the strings above the nut and they were fun. But how about if you got someone to build a guitar with an unusual headstock that would have a length between the nut and tuner for each string that would give a musical scale you could pick on? Might be fun. PS,, it should work-i just finished a mandolin where instead of pairs of strings, there is one long string that loops around a special tailpiece i made.

Hope to see you at your January concert in Sacramento, california for KVIE tv.

Best regarda
Ron Milner

(3041) Pam Rego
Tue, 4 June 2013 22:21:46 +0000

Hello Tommy, my husband and I along with our dearest friends were privileged to attend your concert in Toronto on May 22, 2013. It was fabulous. It was our second time seeing you. We were at your concert in 2012. During the first half of your performance you played an slow instrumental tune that I absolutely fell in love with. I have been trying to find out what the name of it was but have not been successful. If possible, could you please let me know the name of the tune. It was a beautiful tune. Hope you can help me.
Thank you for sharing your precious gift and look forward to your next concert in Toronto.
Sincerely,
Pam Rego

(3040) John Miller
Tue, 4 June 2013 22:04:18 +0000

On May 23, I just happened to be reading the Halifax paper at lunch - and discovered you were playing on the 25th in Halifax. I live an hour away, in Truro, and was in town on business. I immediately called the box office and got seats for my wife and me. THEN I called her and told her you were playing at the Cohn Saturday night, and did we have other plans? Fortunately, no, and she said sure, get the tickets....I dabble at the guitar, while my wife is a trained pianist. She was most impressed by your ability and I had a hard time sitting still for your show. Your energy and enthusiasm was palpable, even from the second last row of the balcony. Thank you for coming to Nova Scotia, and when you return, Lord willing ( I have a year and a month on you !) I hope to be sitting a little closer. God bless.

John Miller