Brooks Robertson just doesn’t need much more than two thumbs, eight fingers and six strings on a wooden box to carry his listeners away.
Brooks utilizes his superb technical abilities to play bass, rhythm and melody simultaneously and surpass the borders of conventional genres. He merges hauntingly beautiful compositions, country rhythms and jazzy harmonies with funky licks into his very own art form – sometimes delivered with a punch, sometimes with a smile.
Now currently living in Portland, Oregon, Brooks was born in Eugene, Oregon in 1989. When Buster B. Jones took him as a protege’, Brooks began playing high-profile gigs such as the Nokie Edwards Festival, the NAMM Show in Anaheim, the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. As a teenager he was the youngest endorsee of Godin Guitars and performed around the world. At just 14 years old, Brooks won first place in a talent competition for 12 to 20 year old participants on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio classic “A Prairie Home Companion” in 2004.
In recent years, while still appearing regularly at prestigious events like the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) Convention in Nashville, Brooks has focused on perfecting his craft, soaking up new tunes and styles and techniques as well as blending them into his own groovy and soulful original music. He took 2nd place in the 2010 “Yamaha Six String Theory Guitar Competition”, which drew participants from more than 40 countries all over the world. Brooks was invited to perform in the finals at the Broad Stage in Los Angeles in March 2010. A star-studded jury, including Steve Lukather and Lee Ritenour, eventually chose him as winner of the country category and second place winner overall.
Now, as energy and maturity come together, this young man has stepped out of his mentors’ shadows and is electrifying the world with the sheer acoustic beauty his fingers create, when touching a set of strings.
Video – Brooks & Tommy Emmanuel
Video – Brooks solo