Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, a Chet Atkins protege who long ago established his own musical voice to go along with fiery picking, headlines Jefferson Center’s annual tribute to the late guitarist Brad “Buster B.” Jones, a onetime Bedford County resident admired by guitarists around the world for his guitar prowess.
Emmanuel and Jones have a common denominator — Chet Atkins. Both Emmanuel, an Australian, and Jones, who lived in Bedford County from about 1985 to 2001, were influenced by and became friends with Atkins.
Read about Emmanuel’s thoughts on Jones in Friday’s Extra section or at music.roanoke.com. And check out this podcast with streaming music from “The Colonel & The Governor” — Emmanuel’s recent record with another guitar genius, Martin Taylor.