Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel, the guitarist whose five-decade career has seen him win legions of fans worldwide, once again brings his passionate and infectious live show to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre in Malibu for performances at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22.

 

Emmanuel will be joined by world-renowned British guitarist Martin Taylor, with whom he recorded and released the ARIA-nominated album The Colonel & The Governor, a jazz-inspired duet album that recreates classics from masters such as Django Reinhardt and Eddie Lang.

 

The two Pepperdine performances are part of a 23-city US tour, which kicks off on January 17 in San Francisco and wraps up on February 28 in Orlando, with a special performance at Folsom State Prison on January 20.

 

Tickets for the Pepperdine performances, priced at $25, $40, and $45 for the public and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available now by calling (310) 506-4522 or online at http://arts.pepperdine.edu/. More information: http://www.tommyemmanuel.com

 

Recently Emmanuel self-released his highly anticipated live CD/DVD combo, titled Tommy Emmanuel CGP: Live and Solo in Pensacola, Florida. Recorded in early 2013, it includes old and new favorites, exhibiting his amazing showmanship and musical talent as he performs before a packed house at the Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio.

 

Emmanuel is an honorary Kentucky Colonel, a Certified Guitar Player (CGP), an Order of Australia Medalist (AM), and the holder of both an honorary master's degree (MA) and, more recently, an honorary Doctor of Arts (DR) from Charles Sturt University in Australia in recognition of his commitment to rural Australia and his contribution to music education.

 

Taylor, a multi-award-winning guitarist, dazzles audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humor, and a strong stage presence, while his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world's foremost exponent of solo finger-style guitar playing. Taylor has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated, by guitarists everywhere.

 

Collaborations with artists including Jeff Beck, Bill Wyman, Chet Atkins, David Grisman, Diane Schuur, and Gary Burton have seen Taylor garner two honorary doctorates, a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, Top 10 albums in both the US and Europe, a record 14 British Jazz Awards, and in 2002 he was named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) "for Services to Jazz Music" by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

 

TOMMY EMMANUEL TOUR DATES (CALIFORNIA REGION):

 

Date                        City                                           Venue

 

January 17             San Francisco, CA                Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

 

January 18             San Francisco, CA                Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

 

January 19             Sacramento, CA                    Crest Theatre

 

January 21             Malibu, CA                              Pepperdine Center for the Arts

 

January 22             Malibu, CA                              Pepperdine Center for the Arts

 

January 23             Redondo Beach, CA             Redondo Beach PAC

 

January 24             Las Vegas, NV                       Boulder Station Casino

 

January 25             San Diego, CA                       Balboa Theatre

 

January 27*           San Luis Obispo, CA            Christopher Cohan Center

 

January 29             Visalia, CA                              Visalia Fox Theatre

 

January 30             Chico, CA                                Laxson Auditorium

 

January 31             Arcata, CA                               Van Duzer Theatre

 

February 1              Grass Valley, CA                   Center for the Arts

 

*Tommy Emmanuel solo date; Martin Taylor not performing