Guitarist Rik Emmett was once called “too talented for his own good.” That just might be true. He is in many ways a musician’s musician, who plays with virtuosic ability. Emmett first got noticed in the mid-seventies as a founding member of the Canadian rock band Triumph. The group was one of the premier touring rock acts in North America. They achieved eight gold and platinum selling albums that produced mega radio hits.
Then in 1988, Emmett left Triumph to start a solo career. That type of move doesn’t always work out, but as luck (and talent) would have it, Emmett found success with his first solo recording Absolutely. Other recordings followed. He mixed things up with Jazz and blues; rock and classical. Emmett performed and recorded solo, sometimes with other guitarists such as Oscar Lopez, Pavlo and fellow Triumph alumnus, Dave Dunlop.
In 2007, Emmett followed up back-to-back wins at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards with a prog rock album, called Airtime. The next year, after the passing of two decades, Emmett reunited with his Triumph bandmates for concerts in Sweden and Oklahoma. The band capped off 2008 with an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
Emmett recently announced he’ll release a new rock album RES 9, in November.
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