The Memphis Acoustic Music Association presents Jimmy Robinson

[singlepic id=170 w=320 h=240 mode=web20 float=right]By Judy Kitts

Throughout his long career with rock-fusion band Woodenhead and guitar collective Twangorama, the electric guitar has served as Jimmy Robinson’s main instrument. But during a month-long Hurricane Katrina evacuation to Memphis, he rediscovered the acoustic guitar, the instrument at the heart of his classical music studies at Loyola University.

That period of rediscovery motivated Robinson to complete his first-ever acoustic solo album, “Vibrating Strings.” He’ll showcase much of it at Otherlands on April 3rd at 8 pm.

On “Vibrating Strings,” Robinson’s playing is consistently rich, lyrical, and fluent. A Spanish-style detour called “Pepi” and “Brian O’Neal,” an elegy for the late Bonerama trombonist, are especially sumptuous. Another highlight is his acoustic re-imagining of Led Zeppelin’s ageless “Kashmir.” Robinson has written half the songs on “Vibrating Strings” in a voice reminiscent of Richard Thompson and Fairport Convention’s Sandy Denny.

Robinson continues to perform with Twangorama and, less frequently, Woodenhead. He also contributes to Cowsill’s monthly “Covered in Vinyl” renditions of classic albums at Carrollton Station. And, increasingly, he performs solo.

For more information, call 901-274-1626 or visit mamamusic.org. Tickets for the concert are $12 and can be bought at Otherlands and Davis-Kidd Booksellers.

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