Joe Robinson began playing the guitar aged ten and one year later began playing professionally (aged just eleven). It soon became obvious to many that a musical prodigy was in their midst. Initially inspired by Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and other players of that era, Joe then became interested in jazz guitar, teaching himself from the Internet. Joe’s natural ability to play guitar usually seen in seasoned professionals twice his age attracted the attention of many of Australia’s guitar greats, including Tommy and Phil Emmanuel. With the guidance and support of such renowned players, Joe (now 16) has established himself as one of the most promising artists ever to emerge from Australia.
Joe has performed alongside may of the worlds finest musicians, such as Phil Emmanuel, Tommy Emmanuel, Muriel Anderson, Pat Burgeson, Bruce Matiske, Michael Fix, Mark Atkins, George Washingmachine, Chain, Stevie Wright, Gorden Rhytmeister, Leon Gaer, Mykl Lozin, Les Gock.
Fresh from a launch at Sydney legendary basement jazz club, Joes debut album, “Birdseed” is receiving critical acclaim, and being played Sydney’s top radio stations. The hype was such that a showcase for Sony/BMG was ordered within 24 hours of its release.
Joe embarked on a USA promotional tour in September 2007, where he sparked major interest from Universal/MCA and Sony/BMG, as well as playing for the bosses of ASCAP, BMI, Aristo Media, Ten Ten, Universal South, Universal Publishing, and Chrystalis Publishing. Country ledgend, Brad Paisley’s long time producer even offered to produce Joe’s next record!
“Joe will undoubtedly be Australia’s best guitarist, probably as soon as he is 21″ – Phil Emmanuel
“Joe Robinson is without a doubt the finest young guitar player to come out of Australia in a long, long time. Not only talent beyond his years, but maturity on stage with his ability to engage the audience, Joe showed the capacity crowd what Phil Emmanuel was referring to. Australia will most certainly hear more about this young man in years to come!” – Hotsource.com
(Review of Album launch at “The Basement”, Sydney)