Posted on February 19, 2018

Picture this… a “Sold-Out” Saturday night and the Ryman Auditorium was absolutely buzzing and over-flowing with creative electricity as Tommy Emmanuel took the stage and literally held the hearts of his adoring fans in the palm of his hand.  Each moment was met with an eager, yet silent anticipation as they waited for the next movement of Tommy’s fingers.  Ears and hearts were just aching for the next song as Tommy built and created a masterpiece musical environment of brilliance and love… unbelievable!

"Playing the Ryman this weekend was one of the highlights of my life," says Tommy Emmanuel, Independent Artist.  "The first time I played there I felt a little intimidated, and I was struggling with the sound.  This time I walked onstage, and I felt like I belonged on there.  The sound was great, and I could see the joy on the faces in the crowd.  It felt fantastic.  My guitar just sounds so good in that room."

Emmanuel further says, "When I met Robert & Lynda Weingartz with AirPlay Direct, I could tell their hearts were in it.  Independent artists like me need radio teams who are as committed as they are."

Tommy’s newest release Accomplice One, is a testament to Tommy’s musical diversity, the range of expression that stretches from authentic country-blues to face-melting rock shredding, by way of tender and devastating pure song playing.  The songs are a mix of new takes on indelible classics and brand new originals from Tommy and his collaborators.

The artists who stepped forward to join Tommy in the studio are an impressive list of some of today’s most respected performers, from across the musical spectrum–a lineup including Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires, Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Simo, David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Suzy Bogguss and many more.

“This was without a doubt one of the most beautiful shows I have ever seen… and heard," shared Lynda Weingartz, CEO AirPlay Direct.  "Tommy’s spell-binding performance left many of us speechless, and was rewarded with thunderous applause and a standing ovation by all in attendance.  We are very proud to have Tommy as an AirPlay Direct “Artist Endorsee” and member of our musical family.”

Photo L-R:  Lynda Weingartz, Tommy Emmanuel, Brian Penix

“The Ryman Auditorium is one of the greatest venues in the world, and it’s the perfect setting for one of the world’s greatest guitarists,"  said Brian Penix, Vector Management.  "I can say without a doubt that Tommy Emmanuel's recent Ryman performance was one for the memory books.  He played in top form, and the guest appearances with Jake Shimabukuro, Pat Bergeson, Eamon McLoughlin, and Jack Pearson where simply stunning."

About AirPlay Direct:  AirPlay Direct is the premiere digital delivery / distribution company, brand and platform for engaging radio and airplay worldwide.  AirPlay Direct is a professional B2B music business environment for artists, labels, publishing companies, radio promotion firms, PR / Media firms, etc.

AirPlay Direct currently has 11,000 radio station members in over 90 countries and serves over 42,000 artist / label members globally on a daily basis.  AirPlay Direct currently operates and services the largest global independent radio distribution network in the world with respect to Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Alt. Country, Roots Music, etc.

About Collective Evolution: Collective Evolution is a boutique, high-end entertainment and media consulting firm.  Our clients include recording artists, record labels, record producers, management companies and radio promotion / PR firms.  We deliver creative consultative services and customized business solutions to our clients based upon their specific needs and goals.

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