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For final proof that nothing builds bridges quite like the guitar, consider the two-decade friendship of Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor.
While both men hover around their mid 50s, each is a very different animal. Taylor is the wry, professorial British jazz-cat, who always sounds like he’s raising one eyebrow. Emmanuel is the bluff, self-taught, spade- is-a-spade Australian country wizard, whose nickname – The Colonel – is in keeping with the sense that asking a stupid question will see you marching up and down the square.
These men might never have met had it not been for a mutual love of the big box of air, and they’d never have recorded The Colonel & The Governor, the instrumental album on which they do twisted takes on cherished covers, lofting the bar of technique into orbit, and patently having a damn good time while they’re at it.
At 15:00 hours precisely, Guitarist phoned Colonel Emmanuel. Read on for the full briefing...