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Joe Robinson

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Joe Robinson plays guitar like Ali boxed, like Einstein knew theoretical physics and like Hitchcock made movies.

If the chipper twenty-year-old from backwoods Temagog, New South Wales, Australia were two or three times his age, his sheer six-string ability and compositional insight, which have already earned Robinson a world-wide following, would be no less astonishing. That fact is underscored by his winning TV’s Australia’s Got Talent in 2008, and the Australian National Songwriting Competition at the tender age of 13.

But with his new album Let Me Introduce You, Robinson has made a daring quantum leap. The gifted young virtuoso has redefined himself as a budding pop-world visionary, deftly walking a tightrope between the instrumental music that’s put him in the spotlight and a unique fusion of vocally based rock, blues, jazz, country and R&B that’s entirely his own.

“Let Me Introduce You was a dive into the deep end for me,” Robinson confides. “It would have been easy to make another instrumental album, but I crave being inspired. When I am, music and ideas just seem to pour out non-stop. So I decided to challenge myself by writing mostly vocal tunes for the album, which I’d never done before.

“That meant I had to transform myself into a songwriter in the classic sense and learn how to make my guitar and my vocal performances compliment each other. The 18 months it took to write and record the album were like riding a runaway train, but as it turns out that’s exactly what I needed to do to find my own style as an artist.”

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