Monday, August 1, 2011

Australian Guitar Virtuoso Joe Robinson Sets Summer 2011 For New Release

Voted Guitar Player Magazine 2010 Reader’s Poll “Best New Talent”

Acclaimed guitar virtuoso and singer/songwriter Joe Robinson has returned to the studio to begin work on his third CD, slated for release later this summer. Songs from the forthcoming set were recently showcased in Canada and the U.S., which included a return to NYC for the third time this year. Recording is underway in Nashville with CMA & ACM Award winning producer Frank Rogers (Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker). The as yet un-titled collection will mark the first time ever Robinson will include vocals; he has penned all the tracks and enlisted the well-known musicians Keith Carlock (drums) and Michael Rhodes (bass) to join him in the sessions.

Following two acoustic releases, Time Jumpin' and his debut Birdseed, the 20-year-old Australia's Got Talent star and Guitar Player Magazine's Best New Talent Reader's Poll winner noted, "I'm so excited about recording and can't believe I'm playing with these musicians. This is the album I've always dreamed of making. It is a huge leap for me personally and as an artist. I can't wait to share it."

Earlier this year, Robinson toured major cities where he performed to packed houses. Highlights of the tour included an interview with NPR's Talk of the Nation and a feature in The Boston Globe, which cited, "A true wonder from Down Under, Joe Robinson has got fingers of fire. You can see why he won first place on 'Australia's Got Talent' and has made fans out of Steve Vai and the late Les Paul." Guitar World Magazine plans a full feature on Joe in an upcoming issue. He also has recently met with and played for The African Children's Choir during their Nashville stop.

Born in Australia and almost completely self-taught, Robinson has performed with some of the biggest names in music, including Les Paul, Steve Vai and The Wailers, among others. He has already headlined shows all over the world in places such as London, New York, Sydney, Milan, Rome, Bangkok, and Tokyo, among others. In June, 2010 Joe was invited to perform at the prestigious Bonnaroo Music Festival.

Joe Robinson contributed his self-penned "Daddy Longlicks" to Lee Ritenour's 2010 6 String Theory album, also featuring BB King, John Schofield, Slash, Pat Martino, etc. Guitar Noise called Robinson an "amazing young Australian acoustic guitar virtuoso," and Guitar International said his performance on the album "is of particular note" and "showcases his solid groove, inventive musicianship and incredible technique."

In 2008, Joe became the first place winner of the popular televised talent competition "Australia's Got Talent." He then went on to become the youngest and first instrumentalist to win the 2009 "World Championships of Performing Arts" in Hollywood, a competition which included over 70,000 contestants from 47 countries. Reflecting on his almost decade-long career, Robinson says "Turning into a lyrical and instrumental songwriter, and not just being a young guitar virtuoso is teaching me a lot about myself, and I'm really excited about this development process and where it will lead. I've got a feeling I will be a completely different person 6 months from now. Exciting times."

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