In 1997, when Atkins was diagnosed with the brain tumor that eventually killed him, he decided he had one more collaboration in him. His last album was one of his best. His partner was his friend of 30 years, Tommy Emmanuel.
Emmanuel's playing the Sheldon Auditorium in St. Louis,. waggling those fingers that are literally the length of my hand and still able to to pick the thread from a mama flea's needle.
Tommy Emmanuel - Acoustic Improvisation of a song he wrote called Initiation from a 2002 PBS Center Stage Live Special, I think. Just him and the guitar, no toys.
Internationally renowned, Tommy Emmanuel has very little renown in the USA despite being widely heard. Like Joe Satriani, he was one of the most sought after session guitar pickers and teachers of the 1970s-1980s in the USA and around the world, playing mainly out of Nashville. He could have headlined a mega-band; but, the life style did not appeal. These days he plays where he pleases, usually sharing his magic in cozy venues. He occasionally gets together with his older brother, Phil, to play onstage as they used to. Phil plays lead guitar. Tommy plays rhythm. Phil is older after all. dB-D
The 1997 Atkins/Emmanuel collaboration is called The Day Finger Pickers Took Over the World