Highly acclaimed Grammy-nominated acoustic guitarist and singer / songwriter, Tommy Emmanuel is set to release a career-spanning double album on May 8, The Best of Tommysongs, via CGP Sounds/Cruzen Street Records. Today, Emmanuel released the video for the album’s first single, “Fuel,” which will be available this Friday, March 6.
The video for “Fuel” was shot in a rural old home in Franklin, KY. Some of the footage was shot on Tommy’s iPhone as he was traveling throughout Asia. The video was directed and edited by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard with Neighborhoods Apart Productions.
“I boarded a train in Paris, France to ride the rails to Cologne, Germany. Looking out the window, I saw a billboard for ‘Harry Potter World,’ that set me in motion.” Says Tommy Emmanuel, “I got my guitar out and started looking for cinematic chords and ideas. Three hours later, I had the entire song written and was practicing it up. I had no title at that stage and when I played it for a friend he asked “what’s fueling this emotion?” Immediately I reacted, “You just gave me the title, ‘Fuel’! Even though there’s time changes and odd bars in the song, you can actually tap time straight through it. In my own way, this is a small attempt at paying homage to Mason Williams, the brilliant composer of ‘Classical Gas.’”
The Best of Tommysongs features some of Tommy Emmanuel’s best original songs. Emmanuel solely wrote, produced, and recorded all the tracks on the album, and has been playing some of these songs for over 30 years. The songs have been re-recorded to suite the modern arrangements and to make them sound bigger than ever. The album contains some of Emmanuel’s most well-known works such as “Angelina,” “Lewis & Clark,” and “It’s Never Too Late” along with fan favorites such as “Mombasa” and “Train to Dusseldorf.” The album will also feature 5 brand new songs including the heart-thumping “Fuel” and the beautifully melodic “Song For A Rainy Morning.”
Track List for The Best of Tommysongs
Song for A Rainy Morning*
The Wide Ocean*
It’s Never Too Late
(The Man With The) Green Thumb
Lewis & Clark
Train to Dusseldorf
Those Who Wait
Stay Close To Me
*Previously Unreleased Songs