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(3415) Ben Smith
Fri, 4 October 2013 00:35:01 +0000

Hello Tommy;

I love to watch you perform (it merely "blows me away").
Will you be coming to Canada, in the future - specifically to Calgary, Alberta?

Your fan;
Ben Smith

(3414) Joe March
Thu, 3 October 2013 17:37:39 +0000

Thoroughly enjoyed your performance at the Dallas Majestic Theater yesterday. Next time in town please consider Bass Hall in Fort Worth.

(3413) Al
Thu, 3 October 2013 17:30:35 +0000

Caught your show at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, TX last night, 10/02/13. Fantastic! Thank you very much for a great evening of CGP music.

(3412) Geoff McGrath
Thu, 3 October 2013 13:26:13 +0000

hi there uncle Tom

love Janette and Macmae

(3411) Julie Usery
Wed, 2 October 2013 18:12:43 +0000

What an honor it was to see you at the Little Rock workshop! Great teaching, inspiration, and advice to take with us. Thank you for all of your hard work!!
My husband Ted (who you met too) & I traveled to Dallas to see your concert tonight, very much looking forward to it. Bringing daughter Laura, who's getting married soon & is also a big fan of yours. Seeing you was one of our wedding gifts to her! Love, from the girl who gave you the Razorback t-shirt... thanks for your grace & patience with your rabid fans, ha.

(3410) Jeff Tweedy
Wed, 2 October 2013 17:51:45 +0000

Hello Tommy,
Just a small request. Please consider writing something in the Bossa Nova genre. There was such beautiful music written by Jobim, Gilberto, etc., that absolutely stands the test of time. No one writes melodies and rhythms for the guitar like you do. Each topic or style that you "channel"(i.e. Native American, the American Cowboy, the Austrailian Aboriginals) produces a remarkable result. Another thought would be to consider covering one of your Brazilian favorites, (although "Rio" sort of qualifies - and your rendition of Rio is fantastic). I have had the absolute joy of attending your live performances many times in many states in the US. I can finally relate to those "Dead Heads" of yesteryear. Can't wait until the next performance.

(3409) Josh Deakin
Wed, 2 October 2013 17:01:35 +0000

Hey tommy! :),I've been listening to your brilliant music for almost two years now and I have bought 3 of your albums :). I've really enjoyed your collaborations with frank vignola and Martin Taylor,your diversity in style is truly inspiring. A question I would like to ask would be your advice on gaining thumb dependence,I know it's a question you probably get asked a lot but it's something I've been working out.
Thanks for taking time to read this email as I know you have a very busy schedule. All the best for your upcoming concerts and shows,you really have an amazing talent :). Best wishes from wales!!

(3408) Josh Deakin
Wed, 2 October 2013 16:57:44 +0000

Hey tommy! :),I've been listening to your brilliant music for almost two years now and I have bought 3 of your albums :). I've really enjoyed your collaborations with frank vignola and Martin Taylor,your diversity in style is truly inspiring. A question I would like to ask would be your advice on gaining thumb dependence,I know it's a question you probably get asked a lot but it's something I've been working out.
Thanks for taking time to read this email as I know you have a very busy schedule. All the best for your upcoming concerts and shows,you really have an amazing talent :). Best wishes from wales!!

(3407) Ray Barfield
Tue, 1 October 2013 23:47:32 +0000

Hi Tommy,

I'm a pediatric oncologist at Duke University. When a family or patient tells me that I made a difference in their life, it makes my day. So I want to pay it forward.

Before medical school I studied classical guitar with this guy named John Sutherland. He and Christopher Parkening studied together with Segovia. Parkening went on to a performance career and John decided to pursue teaching. He was a great teacher. Early in my work with him he told me that I had a lot to learn, but that I was as ''musical' as anyone he had met and I should go for it. I worked hard, but then I went to medical school to learn some skills to help people and earn a living, but it was stultifying in some ways, and time demands pushed guitar to the side, which was very hard for me. But after 4 years of medical school and three years of residency, I found some space open up and I tried lessons with John again. As I played, he said, your technique is good, but where is your music? He was right. The music had died.

Ten years passed and I was a bone marrow transplant doc at St Jude, and now am at Duke. Three years ago I discovered your music. Here is the pay-forward: your playing woke up music in me again. I have spent hundreds of hours paying attention to how you create music that brings people alive - brings me alive. This has mattered so much to me, and I am very very grateful.

Last month I flew up for you workshop in New Jersey - I was late because my GPS messed up and I had to leave early because my flight was at 6:30 and out of Phili. But I learned so much.

Yesterday I got another break from work and flew over to Little Rock to participate in the workshop. I was the guy (no need to remember!) to your immediate left, with the Maton, who asked about the time you played 'To Be or Not To Be' with Chet, towards the end of his life. Those three hours were such an enormous gift. I am in the middle of some important family stuff (nothing new there), and Saturday I spoke at the funeral of this 15 year patient I adored but could not cure. I needed a reminder of deep music in our lives. You gave that to me, and I am just so grateful.

You mentioned that you have three more concerts before this tour ends. I hope you get to have some rest at home without restlessness. Adam Rafferty helped me get to the meet-and-greet in Durham, NC where you signed my guitar, and he has told me incredible stories about your devotion to connecting with your audience. I will never have an audience (my hands shake in front of people when I play, so I only get your arrangements straight when I am by myself, having lots of fun), but I am going to give to my patients and families what you give to all of us who have been changed by your music and generosity.

So, thank you.

Best,

Ray

(3406) Mickey Wilburn
Tue, 1 October 2013 18:24:49 +0000

Saw you in Oklahoma City on Saturday, Sept 28. Forth time to see you in person. You always amaze your fans and give your very best. It was an awesome 2 1/2 hours....Thank you!