Esteemed guitarist TOMMY EMMANUEL joins forces with celebrated bluegrass mandolinist DAVID GRISMAN for a new collaborative album entitled PICKIN'-available in stores and at all digital retailers on November 3. This marks the first recorded collaboration between these two musical titans and arrives on GRISMAN's own Acoustic Disc record label. 


Known for his virtuosic fretwork, fiery fingerpicking, and airtight songcraft, EMMANUEL continually shreds through boundaries with his acoustic guitar on these 12 new songs. Not only does PICKIN' reflect his signature classical, Americana, folk, and roots stylings, but it also artfully merges jazz rhythms, jamming, and unpredictability in the mix. Among many standouts, his playing seamlessly entwines with GRISMAN'S mandolin during the first single "Tipsy Gypsy" as nimble picking converges on hypnotic hummable melodies. Meanwhile, "Cinderella's Fella" swings from a brusque and galloping opening into a passionate and poignant pastiche of harmonious technicality. Check out the full tracklisting below.


In 2017, "CGP" (Emmanuel) and "Dawg" (Grisman)--as the musicians are known--linked up and laid down these compositions. Bringing this chemistry to the stage, the duo will embark on the 12-date CGP & Dawg Tour November 3-18 (all dates listed below). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:


Get ready for this best PICKIN' you'll hear all year, maybe even this decade!


PICKIN' Tracklisting:


"Zorro's Last Ride"

"Cinderella's Fella"

"CGP & Dawg"

"Farm & Fun Time"

"Newly Wedding"

"Sweet Georgia Brown"

"Standing Rock"

"Dawg's Waltz"

"Tipsy Gypsy"

"Tracy's Tune"

"Port Townsend Blues"

"Waltzing Matilda"


Catch Tommy Emmanuel & David Grisman with special guests Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley:


DATE             CITY                             VENUE

Fri 11/3        Kansas City, MO         Arvest Bank Theatre

Sat 11/4       Des Moines, IA           Hoys Sherman Place

Sun 11/5      Burnsville, MN           Ames Center

Tue 11/7      Milwaukee, WI            Pabst Theater

Wed 11/8     Ann Arbor, MI             Michigan Theatre

^Fri 11/10   Columbus, OH             Davidson Theatre

^Sat 11/11  Ithaca, NY                    State Theatre

^Sun 11/12  Derry, NH                   Tupelo Music Hall

Tue 11/14    South Orange, NJ      South Orange Performing Arts Center

Thu 11/16    Virginia Beach, VA     Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Fri 11/17      Wilmington, NC          Wilson Center

Sat 11/18     Charleston, SC           Charleston Music Hall

^ indicates shows will not feature the above mentioned special guests



Give a listen to "Old Photographs," the closing track on TOMMY EMMANUEL'sIt's Never Too Late, and you'll hear the distinctive squeak of finger noise as he runs his hands across the frets of his Maton Signature TE guitar. Many musicians would edit those imperfections out, but to EMMANUEL, those imperfections are perfect A master technician, EMMANUEL started professionally at age 6, rising through the ranks as a studio player and member of several Australian rock bands before he set off on a solo career. One of only five musicians handpicked by his mentor, Chet Atkins, as a Certified Guitar Player (CGP), he's piled up numerous accolades, including two Grammy nominations, two ARIA Awards from the Australian Recording Industry Association (the Aussie equivalent of the Recording Academy) and repeated honors in the Guitar Player magazine reader's poll. A noted fingerstyle guitarist, EMMANUEL frequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords and the bass all at once. His talents, which translate in any language, carry him to the far corners of the globe, but EMMANUEL never plays the same show twice, and he improvises big chunks of every date. That leaves him open to those technical imperfections, though they also provide some of the humanity to an other-worldly talent.



For nearly half a century, mandolinist/composer/bandleader/producer DAVID GRISMAN has been a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustic music. His musical range is wide and deep, embracing many styles, genres and traditions. An acoustic pioneer and innovator, David forged a unique personal artistic path, skillfully combining elements of the great American music/art forms of jazz and bluegrass with many international flavors and sensibilities to create his own distinctive idiom of "Dawg" music (the nickname given him by Jerry Garcia.) In doing so, he's inspired new generations of acoustic string musicians, while creating his own niche in contemporary music.