Twenty-five-year-old Australian Joe Robinson is considered uniquely gifted as a
virtuoso guitarist and singer/songwriter. He walks a tightrope between the
instrumental music that has put him in the spotlight and a unique fusion of
vocally based rock, blues, jazz, and R&B that is entirely his own.
Born in the backwoods of Temagog, on the mid-north coast of New South
Wales, Australia, his six-string ability and compositional insight have already
earned him a worldwide following.
Robinson started playing guitar at age nine and after outpacing his guitar instructor
began educating himself via the Internet. At just 13 years old, he won the
Australian National Songwriting Competition and was soon
sharing stages with artists such as Tommy and Phil Emmanuel, releasing his first album of original material at age 15.
When a 16-year-old Robinson burned through a Chet Atkins-inflected medley of “Day
Tripper” and “Lady Madonna” at the opening round of the 2008 Australia’s Got
Talent television series competition, the entire house—including the judges—
gave him a standing ovation. He went on to win $250k with his take on Tommy
Emmanuel’s arrangement of “Classical Gas.”
Robinson relocated to Nashville, TN aged 18 and was awarded the title of “Senior Grand Champion
Performer of the World” at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood.
That year he also performed at Bonnaroo, and was voted “Best New Talent” in the Guitar
Player Readers’ Poll.
Joe has since played over 2000 concerts in the US, Europe, Japan, China, Australia and Canada.