Tommy Emmanuel is not only a master of the acoustic guitar, he’s also something of a chameleon. How does one go about describing what genre he belongs to? For further proof of his versatility, check out the Australian guitarist’s latest album Accomplice One, a series of duets with the likes of Mark Knopfler, Jason Isbell, Suzy Bogguss and Ricky Skaggs. The song selection alone is enough to raise an eyebrow. Singer-songwriter Amanda Shires joins Emmanuel for a countrified version of Madonna’s “Borderline.” J.D. Simo shows up for a cover of “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay,” turning it into a bluesy shuffle. And then there’s the finger-picked instrumental take on the Jimi Hendrix classic “Purple Haze” featuring dobro by Jerry Douglas, who will perform with Emmanuel in Spokane.
— Nathan Weinbender