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Joe Robinson Not Just A Guitarist Anymore

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Australian guitar stud Joe Robinson certainly has the chops to make a name for himself on his axe accomplishments.

That was mainly the way he won the 2008 season of Australia’s Got Talent.

But now, Robinson is ready to branch out, having just released his third album – and first with vocals and a full band – last week.

Entitled Let Me Introduce You, the album features 13 songs that Robinson painstakingly put together for more than just him and instrument.

Even though he had just flown in from his native country hours before, Robinson sat down with GretschGuitars.com for an exclusive interview over the weekend.

Here’s what he had to say:

Q: Now that the album is out, is there a sense of relief?

A: I’ve spent the last year almost writing and recording, so it’s a really good feeling to be done with it and to share it with people.

Q: Was there a certain kind of style or genre you were going for with this album?

A: The idea behind this album was to try as many things that I could and see what fit. I had really distinct ideas as far as having my signature guitar stuff, but there was a vocal too. Even though it was vocal-based, the guitar had to play an important role. Every track, stylistically we went in as many directions as we could.  There are jazz-fusion elements, blues-rock elements, pop.  There’s a lot of elements to it, but that’s just part of the fun.

Q: You’ve mainly been a guitarist in the past.  In what ways did you have to adjust your songwriting process for Let Me Introduce You?

A: I felt like this album was quite ambitious for me, because I’d never sung before or written for a band. I’ve played in a lot of bands, but this album was a different kind of animal.  It was a blast, and I felt like I learned so much from it.

Q: You moved to Nashville a few years back. How did that scene inspire you?

A: When I was writing the album, I wrote with a lot of Nashville songwriters, co-wrote with a lot of people.  Some of these people have written big hits and write a song every day.  To see how that works was a great thing to be exposed to.  Having said that, I tried to avoid falling into the Nashville machine, where some albums have that formula and come out sounding like a “Nashville” CD.

But I feel like if you have a vision and and idea, Nashville’s a great place to make that come to life because it’s such a music city.

Q: What were your first impressions of the “Music City”?

A: I come from a small town, so growing up, I was just craving musical stimulation.  Just craving to see someone playing, and when I came to Nashville for the first time, it was like sensory overload.  It was so great.

Q: Did you ever just walk into a club or bar with your guitar and jam?

A: I did that so many times. Whenever I walked down Broadway past the honkey-tonks, some people would say, “Hey, there’s that kid that used to sit in!” I’d take my guitar and ask if I could come up and jam.  People eventually got to know me and eventually I met so many people just from doing that.

When I first got to Nashville, I was 15 and I made all my inroads by door-knocking.  I literally walked around Nashville with a guitar on my back during the summer and was banging on doors, like, “Hey man, can I play for you?  I’m from Australia.”  Most people would be like, “No, go away.” But sometimes, I’d find someone that would let me play, and they’d say, “Meet this person, meet this person.” I got introduced to half of Nashville through those connections.  It was a fun was to get to know people.

For more information about Joe Robinson, visit his official website.

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Watch Clips of Paul Pigat Perform at Gretsch Showcase

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Cousin Harley’s Paul Pigat and guests help rock the stage at the 2012 Gretsch Showcase. Watch a few clips shot by fans …

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Gretsch 2012 Showcase Photos

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Check out some photos from the 2012 Gretsch Showcase at the NAMM show in Anaheim, Calif.

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Gretsch Introduces New Rancher Acoustic Models

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A great Gretsch name is back with the return of Rancher acoustic guitars.

The richly resonant Rancher first appeared in the early 1950s with its highly distinctive triangular sound hole and sweepingly elegant pickguard, and Gretsch is now very proud to re-introduce the model with a great new five-instrument selection of body sizes, styles and features.

The G3500 Rancher Folk delivers full, well-articulated acoustic tone worthy of its larger Rancher brothers. Premium features include a vibrant laminated spruce top with scalloped X bracing and the traditional Gretsch Rancher triangular sound hole, laminated mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck with 20-fret rosewood fingerboard, 1940s-style pickguard with Gretsch logo, compensated bridge with rosewood base, nickel-plated hardware, deluxe die-cast tuners and an elegant gloss Natural finish. The G3800 Rancher Orchestra packs those same features into a classic medium-size 21-fret model with a rounded orchestra-style body that fills the hall with full Rancher sound, feel and vibe.

The G5013CE Rancher Jr. is a diminutive but powerful model with an elegant Venetian cutaway for easy access to the fingerboard’s upper reaches and onboard electronics that let it be heard loud and clear. It too has the same features listed above, with the additions of Neo-Classic™ thumbnail inlays on the 21-fret fingerboard and onboard Fishman® electronics that include a Sonicore under-saddle pickup, Isys+ preamp system with onboard tuner, battery life indicator and controls for volume, treble, bass and phase.

The biggest new Rancher is the G5022CE Rancher Jumbo Cutaway Electric, which produces great volume and broadly expansive tone complemented by its elegant Venetian cutaway for easy access to the fingerboard’s upper reaches and onboard electronics. Premium features include a solid spruce top with scalloped X bracing and the traditional Gretsch Rancher triangular sound hole, flame maple back and sides, mahogany neck, 21-fret rosewood fingerboard with Neo-Classic™ thumbnail inlays, 1940s-style pickguard with Gretsch logo, compensated bridge with rosewood base, gold-plated hardware, deluxe die-cast tuners and a gloss Savannah Sunset finish. Onboard Fishman® electronics include a Sonicore under-saddle pickup and Isys+ preamp system with onboard tuner, battery life indicator and controls for volume, treble, bass and phase.

The G5034 Rancher Dreadnought delivers full-size, full-on Rancher sound, feel and vibe with classic Gretsch styling. Premium features include a solid spruce top with scalloped X bracing and the traditional Gretsch Rancher triangular sound hole, laminated mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck, 21-fret rosewood fingerboard with Neo-Classic™ thumbnail inlays, 1940s-style pickguard with Gretsch logo, compensated bridge with rosewood base, gold-plated hardware, deluxe die-cast tuners and an elegant gloss Natural finish.

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Band of Skulls Drop New Video, Album Coming

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Keep an eye out in early 2012 for a new album from England’s Band of Skulls, who just signed with Vagrant Records for the follow-up to their acclaimed debut Baby Darling Doll Face Honey.

In the meantime, get a taste of what’s in store by watching the official music video for their newest single, “The Devil Takes Care of His Own.” The clip features guitarist/vocalist Russell Marsden on his Gretsch guitar, playing a tune that puts the listener right inside the garage with the trio.

Band of Skulls will release their album through Vagrant, and “The Devil Takes Care Of His Own” will be available on Dec. 6 as a download at iTunes and other digital download stores.

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