TOMMY EMMANUEL | TEAMS WITH ROLLING STONE COUNTRY TO PREMIERE "BORDERLINE" FEATURING AMANDA SHIRES
Above: Tommy Emmanuel; Credit: Alysse Gafkjen
"On the new collection, Emmanuel...combines his staggering playing with an impressive cast of country and roots musicians including singer-songwriter Amanda Shires, with whom he reimagines Madonna's 'Borderline...' 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 about a lover who goes from hot to cold, and the two square off for some dazzling instrumental work in the middle."
--Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone Country, November 14, 2017
Esteemed Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer and performerTOMMY EMMANUEL yesterday (11/14) partnered with Rolling Stone Country to premiere "Borderline" featuring Amanda Shires. The moving roots-infused rendition of the Madonna classic is the second single from EMMANUEL'supcoming duets album, ACCOMPLICE ONE, out January 19 on CGP Sounds and distributed by Thirty Tigers. Click here to watch the 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.
"This song was brought to my attention by a brilliant artist from Sweden named Theresa Andersson," EMMANUEL tells Rolling Stone Country. "When Theresa and I toured through Europe and Scandinavia, we did this song in our show and it really got a great response from the audiences. Amanda Shires is known for her western swing and Americana style, but was adventurous enough to give this song a go. She nailed it."
Pre-orders for ACCOMPLICE ONE--the 16-track collaborative album featuring guest artists such as Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, J.D. Simo, Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman and more--are available now and will come with instant grat tracks, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of The Bay" featuring J.D. Simo and the aforementioned "Borderline" featuring Amanda Shires. For physical formats, the CD is available here and vinylhere. For digital, visit iTunes here.
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." ACCOMPLICE ONE is a testament to EMMANUEL's musical diversity, the range of expression that stretches from authentic country-blues to face-melting rock shredding, by way of tender and devastating pure song playing. The songs are a mix of new takes on indelible classics and brand new originals from TOMMYand his collaborators.
Country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs lends his mandolin and unmistakable voice to "Song and Dance Man," a chronicle of a life lived for the next show. TOMMY and Rodney Crowell's "Looking Forward to the Past" could've topped the country charts in another era, with TOMMY'spropulsive rhythm supporting Crowell's sly lyrics while his tasty lead playing weave in and out.
ACCOMPLICE ONE, full of standouts, delivers a jaw-dropping rendition of "Purple Haze" with Dobro master Jerry Douglas that captures all the fire and energy of the Hendrix original as the two modern masters push each other to new heights with each raunchy slide and bend. "You Don't Want to Get You One of Those" showcases a sly vocal and acoustic duet with Dire Straits' legend Mark Knopfler. "Djangology" is a gypsy jazz treat cut live in Havana, Cuba with Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo and "Rachel's Lullaby"reunites TOMMY with Hawaiian ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro. The song, written for TOMMY'S youngest daughter, shows him continuing to find inspiration from an evergreen source-his love of his family.
EMMANUEL is currently in the midst of a fall run of tour dates with celebrated bluegrass mandolinist, and PICKIN' album collaborator, David Grisman(which they just released on November 3), and then brings his annual "Classics & Christmas Tour" to 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 Charleston, Louisville,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
SECOND SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING DUETS ALBUM
FEATURING ADDITIONAL GUEST ARTISTS
JASON ISBELL, MARK KNOPFLER, RODNEY CROWELL,
JERRY DOUGLAS, RICKY SKAGGS, DAVID GRISMAN AND MORE
OUT FRIDAY, JANUARY 19
ON CGP SOUNDS AND DISTRIBUTED VIA THIRTY TIGERS