Brooks Robertson – We Have Lift Off

Brooks Robertson – Live At Five (HD)

Here’s Oregon native Brooks Robertson with some high octane fingerstyle that is rooted in tradition but modern all at the same time.

What’s even more astounding is it only has 2800 views at YouTube.

Now you got to wonder about that… I would think that playing like this deserves a lot mor attention.

Here’s what the you Tube description says:

“My attempt at the powerful “Live @ Five”, written by my teacher, mentor and friend Buster B. Jones. Recorded at Adalt-Studio, Lippstadt/Germany, in March 2012:”

Brooks humbly mentions Buster B Jones and there’s a good reason why. Buster was just visiting this planet and was in my opinion the fingerpicker with perhaps the most chops of any. Here’s a link to a Buster video….in case you haven’t heard him (be prepared to get blown away).

Now, let’s not take anything away from Brooks…!

Here’s some bio information- he’s really doing a lot of great stuff these days:

“Although he is deeply rooted in the powerful tradition of the genre, founded by the likes of Merle Travis, Jerry Reed, Thom Bresh and Buster B. Jones, Brooks also draws inspiration from the elegant mastery of the legendary Chet Atkins and other phenomenal players. His own compositions and arrangements have even been compared to fingerstyle jazz champions Lenny Breau and Earl Klugh. Now, as energy and maturity come together, this young man is ready to step out of his mentors’ shadows and electrify the world with the sheer acoustic beauty his fingers create, when touching a set of strings.

Brooks was born in Eugene, Oregon in 1989. Seeing Buster B. Jones perform at a festival near his home town became a life-changing experience for the kid from the sticks. Just eleven years old, he was immediately inclined to pick up the guitar. Soon, the world renowned fingerstyle virtuoso and instructor dedicated his spare time to introducing his new fan into the secrets of the fretboard, and after six months of lessons the natural talent performed his first show with his mentor.

When Buster B. Jones took him under his wings, Brooks began playing high-profile gigs such as the Nokie Edwards Festival, the NAMM Show in Anaheim, the Montreal Jazz Festival or the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield among others. By the time he was a teenager he had become the youngest endorsee of Godin Guitars and traveled to several states and foreign countries to perform. Brooks went on to play on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio classic “A Prairie Home Companion” in 2004, where he won first place in a talent competition for 12 to 20 year old participants.” read more and visit his website

Now with the untimely passing of Buster B Jones, it’s nice to see that someone is carrying the torch for this high octane style of fingerpicking. Great job Brooks Robertson!