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Australian Guitar Virtuoso Plays Two South Dakota Venues

Allan Clarke

Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel says he's not in the music business, but the happiness business. He's a master finger picker and essentially a one-man band. He plays bass, rhythm and melodic lines along with percussion all on a single acoustic guitar.

Emmanuel learned the guitar by ear. He doesn’t read or write music, although his repertoire is filled with his own compositions. Emmanuel plays hundreds of concerts around the world every year and is on his way to South Dakota. He's playing at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls on Saturday and  the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City on Monday.

Tommy Emmanuel joined Dakota Midday and talked about his guitar style and the influence of the legendary Chet Atkins on his life and career.