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R E V I E W S

CERTIFIABLE PICKIN'

T

ommy Emmanuel is one of
just five pickers hailed by
his mentor Chet Atkins as a
"certified guitar player," or CGP.
On two new albums, Emmanuel
provides proof with every passage.
Australia-born Emmanuel
not only dazzles with his
fingerpicking and songcraft,
but he's renowned for onstage
solo improvisations. These
two albums - played with a
stylistic range of duet partners - showcase his amazing
extemporaneous picking.
Pickin' combines Emmanuel
with mandolinist David Grisman, and the duo is obviously
having fun here. They stomp
through this set, never letting up. The album includes
10 Grisman compositions,
including five written just for
the project; "Standing Rock"

Tommy "CGP" Emmanuel
and David "Dawg"
Grisman
Pickin'

(in honor of the recent North
Dakota pipeline protest), "Farm
& Fun Time," "Port Townsend
Blues," the barn-burning
"Zorro's Last Ride," and the
gently swinging "CGP & Dawg."
In heart and soul, Dawg fave
"Sweet Georgia Brown" and

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Tommy Emmanuel, CGP
Accomplice One

"Tipsy Gypsy" pay homage to
Django Reinhardt. Emmanuel's
glorious arrangement of "Waltzing Matilda" completes the set.
Throughout, the sound on
Pickin' is warm, lush, and
rich - a masterclass in picking.
Accomplice One is a different
kind of duet album, Emmanuel
joining forces with an array of

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players and singers. It kicks off
with a powerful "Deep River
Blues" with Jason Isbell, the
two trading licks with fury.
Mark Knopfler and Emmanuel
swap vocals and choruses
on "You Don't Want To Get
You One Of Those," swinging
sweetly and beautifully. The
standout, though, may be
the duet with Dobro master
Jerry Douglas on a reimagined
"Purple Haze." Daring and
audacious? Yes and yes, and
the results are phenomenal.
Other tracks include Ricky
Skaggs, Jorma Kaukonen,
J.D. Simo, Amanda Shires,
Rodney Crowell, Jake Shimabukuro, Frank Vignola, Suzy
Bogguss, and more. All
things said, there's probably
never been a duets album
with such a stellar roster.
A new album from Emmanuel
is big news in these pages,
but to receive two together
over a couple months is a
true gift. - Michael Dregni

David Grisman and Tommy Emmanuel join forces.

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