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    A very Good Guitarist

    Last evening Linda and I went to see Rodney Crowell live at The Ark in Ann Arbor where the opening act was a 27 year old Australian guitarist who currently lives in the US. He grabbed the audience attention right out of the gate. He played amplified acoustic all evening as he stayed and backed up Crowell. There are plenty of Youtube videos showing him on both acoustic and electric guitars.

    Here are couple of examples.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zXwp9xH8SU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zXwp9xH8SU
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    Re: A very Good Guitarist

    I’ve noticed a lots of the younger guitarists using more fingerpicking techniques, instead of plectrum play. Very nice technique indeed.


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    Re: A very Good Guitarist

    Wow, thanks for sharing this one. He can also play Electric as well as both Acoustic and Electric at the same time at 6 minute mark.

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    A very Good Guitarist

    Brand new album, just downloaded it (and also bought the vinyl from his website).

    Thank you for the recommendation, Jim.

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    Re: A very Good Guitarist

    I'm a huge fan of Rodney Crowell, and we're going to his St Louis show May 2nd. He collaborated with Tommy Emmanuel about a year ago (another amazing acoustic guitarist) and opened for him last year. Looking forward to seeing Joe Robinson. Thanks!
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    Re: A very Good Guitarist

    Quote Originally Posted by ptman View Post
    I'm a huge fan of Rodney Crowell, and we're going to his St Louis show May 2nd. He collaborated with Tommy Emmanuel about a year ago (another amazing acoustic guitarist) and opened for him last year. Looking forward to seeing Joe Robinson. Thanks!
    Rodney Crowell's show at The Ark on Wednesday was the first on his current tour after taking four months off. It is a great venue with no-one 50 feet from the stage. At max it holds 400 people.
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    Re: A very Good Guitarist

    I wish sometimes that guitarists made famous for their guitar work or genre wouldn’t switch direction from what they do best. Case in point Jonny Lang changing from blues and Joe Robinson from instrumentals on his early stuff to not great singing on his last. But I guess as a youth prodigy you want to do your own thing.
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    Re: A very Good Guitarist

    Larry, I hear you. May I however suggest an additional and alternate point of view.

    Agreed, that Joe Robinson developed a distinguishable style as an acoustic guitar player. I especially like his fingerpicking play. And he is quite good at that. So far the consensus.

    On the other hand, an artist is also evolving and might want to do something new once in a while. Also, the audience for an acoustic guitar act is limited due to the listening attention it requires, and that space is rather crowded. Hence, the new album for sure expands his audience due to him now becoming a more complete act. And personally, I don’t mind his singing either, but that is based on personal taste. Well, also artists got to eat .

    But I feel e.g. Joe Bonamassa has the problem you describe. First being a child prodigy, and then trying to desperately own the blues does not work so well for me. I liked his “Different Shades of Blue” album though. Also, when comparing those two, I find that Joe R. has so far maybe retained a bit more of his original qualities in his electronic play and is thus a bit less traditional. I enjoy his use of arpeggios and parallel plug of multiple strings as style elements, which are clearly derived from his acoustic style. But the vocal lines are undoubtedly occasionally a bit commercial, I give you that.

    Personally, I nevertheless find Joe Robinson’s new album highly listenable, and it’s superbly recorded. Bought the LP and digital download. I really like it, but I think you are correct in the sense that listening to it is different from listening to his earlier acoustic work.

    PS: I need to be a bit cautious here, as I think you are the quite a bit more accomplished guitarist of us and thus better able to judge the quality of their play .


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    Re: A very Good Guitarist

    No doubt Joe Robinson’s last recording is excellent, displaying great guitar work and composition,probably a notch or 2 better than his previous work. Just quite a departure from his roots. I am a big Jonny Lang fan having seen him around 4 times over the years. He puts on an awesome live performance better than Bonammasa whom I have seen twice.
    Yes artists need to evolve...I remember the pissed off reaction Dylan got when he went “electric “

    Naw, I play guitar well enough to thoroughly entertain just myself, more of a “poser” as my sons liked to call me. I just have always loved the instrument and all the great music it has given us. Try to imagine Blue’s and Rock n Roll without it.
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    Re: A very Good Guitarist

    Reminds me of Michael Hedges and Calum Graham.
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