Joe Robinson, The Steppin Stones
Friday, July 07
Doors @ 7:00 PM MST
Show @ 8:00 PM MDT
Price: $10.00 – $12.00
Ages: 18 and Over
Absolutely no refunds – no exceptions. Lineups and times are subject to change.
Valid Gov’t issued photo ID required. No re-entry.
Valid Gov’t issued photo ID required. No re-entry.
“Once in a great while a young guitarist captures the attention of music lovers early in his career and manages to sustain this interest as he matures creatively and sheds the ‘prodigy’ label. Joe Robinson is one of those rare talents.” – Premier Guitar !! 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, abandoning the piano lessons he’d been taking for the past three years. He quickly outpaced his guitar instructor and began educating himself via the Internet. At just 13 years old, he won the Australian National Songwriting Competition. Within a couple of years he was touring regularly and sharing stages with artists such as Tommy and Phil Emmanuel, both of whom served as mentors. He released his first album of original material, Birdseed, in 2005 at age 15. ! When a 16-year-old Robinson burned through a Chet-inflected medley of “Day Tripper” and “Lady Madonna” at the opening round of the 2008 Australia’s Got Talent television series competition, the entire houseâ€”including the judgesâ€” gave him a standing ovation. He went on to win $250k with his take on Tommy Emmanuel’s arrangement of “Classical Gas.” ! Tommy Emmanuel then invited him to Nashville, where among other things he hooked up with Brad Paisley’s producer Frank Rogers, who helmed his 2009 release, Time Jumpin’. That same year, Robinson was awarded the title of “Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World” at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood. He has also performed at Bonnaroo, and was voted “Best New Talent” in the Guitar Player Readers’ Poll. ! Robinson has spent the last few years touring North America and abroad (China, Japan, Europe, and Australia) playing festivals and headlining clubs, which has enabled him to define himself as a budding world visionary. Displaying his virtuosity on electric as well as acoustic guitar, Robinson landed a coveted spot as one of Australian Guitar Magazine’s Top 50 Best Guitarists. ! Robinson’s Let Me Introduce You â€¦ (Joe’s Garage), produced by Rogers and released in 2011, found Robinson accompanied by an all-star team of musicians including drummer Keith Carlock, bassists Michael Rhodes and Bernard Harris, keyboardist Gordon Mote, percussionist Eric Darken, and background vocalist Hershel Boone. The result is a record replete with catchy melodic hooks, sophisticated pop progressions, soulful vocals, and superb guitar playing that encompasses influences from Sweet Baby James to Django. “I’ve been meaning to make an album like this from the start,” Robinson said. “So, after spending years touring as a solo instrumental guitarist, I wanted to push myself in another direction.” ! This ultra-talented 25-year-old’s unique musical sensibility, thoroughly modern guitar tones, and tenor voice are at the core of the self-penned songs about communication and self-realization found on his EP, Gemini, Vol. I (2014), which followed 2012’s vibrant EP, Toe Jam. Experimenting with electronic looping, junk percussion and even a toothbrush scrub, Robinson’s one-man-band approach used on the self-produced Gemini, Vol. I helped to create his new sonic landscape. Jacquire King, a three-time GRAMMY Award-winning mixer, put the final touches on the recording. ! “I wanted to call the project Gemini because I learned so much about myself while recording these songs,” Robinson says. “Being creative and expanding my scope helped make sure the voice I’m listening to is the one that’s inside of me. When I listen to that voice, I know I’ve got something unique and genuine to say.” ! “Since day one, I found it easier and more intriguing to create songs rather than learn existing ones, so the compositional element of my music is somewhat deep-rooted,” Robinson says. !! After touring as a soloist for quite some time, Robinson toured predominately with his own trio over the course of the past few years. However, recently he has committed to a new solo show featuring both electric and acoustic guitar. This amazing new show is touring now. ! His latest music project, Gemini Vol. 2, is a four-track EP released in 2015 that features his deepest and most creative work to date. Robinson played all the instruments, produced and mixed the project. ! In addition to touring on his own, Robinson is hitting the road with Guitar Army, which features fellow master guitarists/singers/songwriters Robben Ford and Lee Roy Parnell. The all-star trio, who will be going out on tour again this summer and fall with their acclaimed show, is currently in the studio working on an EP. ! What Others Are Saying About Joe Robinson: ! “Australian guitarist Joe Robinson has accomplished what most musicians can only dream of.” – NPR ! “Robinson’s technique is dazzling â€” his bluesy licks go by in a blur, and his harmonic savvy is apparent in every chord he plays.” – Nashville Scene ! “It’s not hard to imagine him rivaling the popularity of, say, John Mayer in coming years.” – Washington Post !!!!!
The Steppin Stones
Whatâ€™s the secret to forming a band that has been around for a decade, put out four releases, and shared stages with renowned musical acts including Kansas, Jefferson Starship, Outlaws, Lyle Lovett, Jason Isbell, and Rusted Root all by the age you can legally vote? One answer: start young. Hannah Wicklund (guitar/vocals), Justice Ian Jones (drums), and Andrew Ottimo (bass/vocals) began following their passion for music at ages when most kids still take afternoon naps. Hannah began taking piano lessons at age 3 and was entering classical music competitions by the age of 4. By kindergarten, her father gave her a book of Beatles cover songs, expanding her tastes from classical to classic rock. At age 6, she played her first show, performing Beatles covers with her brother, Luke Mitchell (also a musician, currently of the band The High Divers). She first picked up a guitar at age 8, and by 9, she had formed The Steppin Stones. Ian started playing the drums at 5 years old, inspired by musicians like Mike Maple and Carter Beauford. Rounding out the three-piece is Andrew Ottimo, whose lifelong inspiration is Les Claypool, the lead singer and bassist of quirky San Francisco rock band Primus. While The Steppin Stones began as a cover band, the trio has spent the past three years exploring their own distinct sound, writing their own music, and touring as much as possible. The sound theyâ€™ve accomplished is nostalgic rock, informed by all those years playing classic songs. Hannahâ€™s singing voice and guitar playing has earned her comparisons to blues/soul musician Susan Tedeschi, which speaks to the strength of the bandâ€™s performance style. In between touring and playing private events (including several parties for AC/DCâ€™s Brian Johnson and his vintage racing team), they managed to release a self-titled album last year, recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC.