A very special collection of love tracks from Tommy Emmanuel & John Knowles!
The full-length album spotlights the players' proficient ability to capture and radiate emotion through their instruments with special arrangements of Cold, Cold Heart, the album's lead-off single written by Hank Williams; How Deep Is Your Love written by The Bee Gees; Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) written by Billy Joel; and I Can Let Go Now written by Michael McDonald, among other songs.
Emmanuel, twice voted Best Acoustic Guitarist by readers of Guitar Player magazine and who's been honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia and Knowles, a Grammy winner and member of the National Thumb Picker's Hall of Fame, know how to get to the core of a song and accentuate it's finest qualities.
The 14-track Heart Songs, recorded at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles, intertwines thoughtful arrangements of songs from other artists, a classic Broadway musical like West Side Story, their own compositions and live performances.
"John and I have finally put together an album entitled Heart Songs. About 5 years ago, John and I worked up an arrangement of one of my favorite Bee Gee's songs, "How Deep Is Your Love". Whenever we played it live the audiences seemed to love it. We decided to just record a video for it, and we put it up on YouTube. After millions of views and a blessing from the composer Barry Gibb, I thought we may be on to something here. When John and I started diving into arranging some more material, a certain theme started to emerge.
Heart Songs is an album comprised of songs about love and played directly from our hearts. We took some of our favorite classic songs about love and rearranged them into something that we think is really special and challenging. We played country classics such as Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart" and Don Gibson's "I Can't Stop Loving You". On the guitar, I got to emulate some of my favorite singers like Michael McDonald, Billy Joel, and Bonnie Raitt. We even jumped into a little theatre with songs like "Somewhere" from West Side Story and "Where is Love" from Oliver!. We also added in some original songs like "After Paris" by John and my song "Eva Waits". This album really was a blessing to make with one of my best friends! I hope you feel the love and the joy oozing out of our hearts, strings, and fingers as you listen!" – Tommy Emmanuel