Guitars and Guitarists: My Playlist

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I assembled this portfolio of guitar performances mainly for me. I can come here any time and see them without searching . . . for as long as they let YouTube post them.

I am always open to suggestions.

Tommy Emmanuel: Classical Gas

He is Australia’s master finger-picking guitarist. He is a lot like his friend, Chet Atkins, though not so subtle. I have seen him perform live on two occasions. I have never seen a more enthusiastic performer. He loves his work. He lets the crowd know it. Here, he plays “Classical Gas,” that masterpiece written and first performed by Mason Williams. I remember the first time I heard it, driving in Southern California. “This will be a smash hit,” I thought. Within weeks, it was. Nobody performs it like Emmanuel. There are many versions of his performance on YouTube. This is the best one, as far as the video and audio combination is concerned.

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