Tommy Emmanuel Announces New Album With David Grisman, 'Pickin''

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Tommy Emmanuel has joined forces with celebrated bluegrass mandolinist David Grisman for a new collaborative album that the duo have decided to call—appropriately enough—Pickin'.

The album—which will hit stores and all digital retailers on November 3 via Grisman's own Acoustic Disc label—couples Emmanuel's impeccable fretwork and fiery fingerpicking with Grisman's virtuostic mandolin playing, and is colored by a wide array of musical influences.

Alongside Emmanuel's usual cocktail of Americana, folk, and roots stylings, Pickin'also includes a healthy dose of bluegrass—courtesy of Grisman—and even a touch of jazz here and there.

In support of Pickin', the duo have announced a 12-date, American CGP & Dawg Tour ("CGP" being Emmanuel's Chet Atkins-designated status as a "Certified Guitar Player," and "Dawg" being Grisman's longtime nickname). The tour—which is set to begin next month—will take the duo across the East Coast and Midwest. You can see the full itinerary below.

For tickets, and further information on Pickin' and Tommy Emmanuel, stop by

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

  • 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

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.