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Fingerstyle guitarist Brooks Robertson doesn't need much more than two thumbs, eight fingers and six strings on a wooden box to carry his listeners away. He merges hauntingly beautiful compositions, country rhythms, and jazzy harmonies with funky licks into his own art form, sometimes delivered with a punch, sometimes with a smile.
The protégé of fingerstyle guitar legend Buster B. Jones, Robertson began playing high-profile concerts and festivals early on in his career, such as the Nokie Edwards Festival, NAMM Show, Musikmesse, Montreal Jazz Festival, the National Folk Festival, and Irish Guitar Festival, among hundreds of others. He has traveled extensively across the United States, Canada, Germany, Ireland, and France to perform.
A full-tuition scholarship recipient, he graduated with honors in 2018 from Berklee in Boston with a Bachelor of Music in professional music, focusing on contemporary writing and production, music business, and the theory of jazz and popular music. Although deeply rooted in the powerful tradition of the genre, founded by the likes of Merle Travis, Jerry Reed, Tommy Emmanuel, Thom Bresh, and Buster B. Jones, Robertson also draws inspiration from the elegant mastery of the legendary Chet Atkins, Lenny Breau, and other phenomenal players.
In addition to an extensive solo performance career, he has taught master classes, workshops, private lessons, and online courses for TrueFire, and has been an instructor at prestigious guitar camps across the country such as Tommy Emmanuel’s Guitar Camps, Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival, and the Rocky Mountain Guitar Camp.