Stephen Bennett and Tommy Emmanuel!
On the same stage! At the same time! Wow! The performance is wonderful. The guitarists are inhumanly good. For any guitarist of any quality whatsoever, this particular kind of set up is a dream.
The moment at 6:52 (reprised at about 7:10) is perfect. It’s one of the most exquisite moments in music history(1). It shows both the command the guitarist has of his instrument and his knowledge of exactly what sound will come from any note on the guitar fingerboard, as well as — most important — precisely what that note will do in the song.
The two guitarists’ back-and-forth is wonderful to hear. Worth many listenings.
Important Note: One of these fabulous guitarists is not me. I’ll leave it up to you to guess which one:
(1) I don’t say that lightly at all. There are, for lack of a better term, “Mozart-level” musicians out and about in the world. They don’t garner the legendary status of a Mozart because (1) they haven’t been around long enough, and (2) the generally debased level of musical understanding in America today, and (3) because there are so many of them.
Mozart is understood by contemporary Americans to be the stratospheric, sui generis genius that he was mostly in the abstract. People know it because they’ve been told it. They don’t really know why.
I know why, and I know that these two guitarists are Mozart-level musicians.