Statesboro, GA, USA
Okay, update ...
The show was spectacular. I was a bit disappointed that he didn't play many tunes from his new album "The Mystery" (which is odd, since he is supposedly on tour to promote that very album. But my disappointment was really petty, considering that he put on such a show. He did a lot of cover tunes and earlier stuff. He played everything with seemingly as much ease as I chew gum. His dashed his performances with short-enough conversation, often humorous.
A band called "The Greencards" opened for him. And they were very good. But I felt kind of bad about something ... I was anxious as to whether I could get a signature from Tommy or not, so after the Greencards finished, I approached their young guitarist, enquiring whether or not he could help me get Tommy's signature. That poor kid ... I was exactly the kind of "fan" that he didn't want to meet. I made a brief (though sincere) comment about how well he played, only to quickly change the conversation to Tommy. I even asked him if he had heard of "Nickle Creek". (LOL). Not only did I choose to talk mainly about another guitarist, but also mainly about another bluegrass band. That guy was probably glad to see me leave.
I'll do better next time. And to the Greencards and their new guitarist (if you ever read this) hats off. You guys did great! I guess I was just so focused on the guitar monster from down under, that I forgot my manners.
I have to work on my fan etiquette.
Anyway, as I came to find out, Tommy makes the practice of staying around after the show to talk to his fans. So I got in line. He was a genuinely kind and warm personality, and a joy to meet.
If any of you ever get a chance to see him live, do so. You won't regret it.
Thanks for all your replies.