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Guitar World Interviews Joe Robinson

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Gretsch artist Joe Robinson was interviewed in the September issue of Guitar World magazine, where he appears sporting his beloved G6122-1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman.

The 21-year-old Aussie prodigy tells the magazine that music-making has been in his family, but that he really picked up his chops via YouTube by listening to a variety of artists.

“Anything that caught my ear – Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Mark Knopfler – I’d get on the computer and figure it out,” Robinson tells Guitar World. “I was voracious, and I still am.”

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Joe Robinson Escaping the Expected on Houdini Tour

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Australia’s Got Talent and World Championships of Performing Arts winner Joe Robinson is the middle of his Houdini Tour, which kicked off in the U.K. on Nov. 3.

Recently voted “Best New Talent” by Guitar Player magazine readers, the 19-year-old Australian native moved to Nashville, where he’s been working on a new project expected out in 2011. In the meantime, he’s expanding on his reputation as a guitar prodigy by adding vocals and a backing band to his current tour, which will also take him back home to Australia for a run of dates.

“Almost all of the touring I’ve done over the last 2 years has been as an instrumental soloist, so this time around, I wanted to give people a completely different show,” says Robinson. “Houdini was a crazy escape artist, and in a way I wanted to escape any preconceived ideas people might have about a Joe Robinson show. I have Bernard Harris playing bass, and Marcus Hill playing drums, and I’m so excited about bringing these guys with me. This is going to be a fun, fun show.”

Robinson’s 2009 release, Time Jumpin’ and 2007’s Birdseed are available on iTunes here.

Get more info on Robinson and tour dates here.


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Australian’s Guitar Virtuoso Joe Robinson Featured at 2010 Bonnaroo

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Australian’s guitar virtuoso Joe Robinson — deemed Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World at the 2009 World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles — was featured at the 2010 Bonnaroo Festival (June 10-12) in Manchester, Tenn.

Robinson performed solo at the Troo Music Lounge and then later took the stage with Nashville jam band Elmwood.

Fans of the 2008 winner of Australia’s Got Talent can watch him pitching in for Elmwood’s song “Woodduck” in the You Tube video over to the right, which interestingly, is how Robinson mastered his chops on the guitar.

“I grew up in the country in Australia, out in the sticks, it was like 45 minutes to drive to a supermarket so the only way I could learn the music I wanted to learn was from the internet,” says Robinson in an online video shot at Bonnaroo. “I can remember sitting there and putting on a You Tube video and letting it load, and it would take like an hour for a You Tube video to load because I had really slow internet.But it just taught me so much and it was a really great way of getting new information, even when living in quite a remote area. It was really invaluable for me.”

Robinson has been working with acclaimed music industry executive Reen Nalli (INXS, India.Arie, Blue October) and is expected to release his first vocal recording release later this year.

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