Tommy Emmanuel John KnowlesIf you ever get close to one of Tommy Emmanuel’s Maton guitars, you’ll find the inscription “C.G.P” on the 12th fret. It stands for “Certified Guitar Player”, a title bestowed by the great American guitarist Chet Atkins.

Emmanuel and America’s John Knowles, two of the three remaining Certified Guitar Players, have teamed up for this exquisite new album.

It’s an instrumental record, but Emmanuel and Knowles make their guitars sing. Not that they overplay – the beauty of Heart Songs is the subtlety and simplicity. Check out their versions of the Bee Gees’ How Deep Is Your Love and Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me. Sublime.

Heart Songs is out January 11 via Cooking Vinyl.

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