Robbie Basho

Genres: Folk Instrumental Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": folk guitar acoustic experimental raga folk 12 american primitivism Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Daniel Robinson, 31 August 1940, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, d. 28 February 1986, Berkeley, California, USA. Orphaned in his early childhood, Basho was raised by Dr. Donald R. Robinson and his wife in Baltimore. After attending military school he went to the University of Maryland to study medicine, but a career in the health service was derailed when Robinson bought a 12-string guitar for $200 and threw himself into studying the acoustic steel string, experimenting with classical, bluegrass and oriental stylings. He adopted his new name from the Japanese haiku poet Matsuo Bashoÿ and moved to Washington, DC, in the early 60s, immersing himself in the city’s folk music scene and meeting fellow acoustic enthusiast John Fahey. After hearing sitarist Ravi Shankar in 1962, Basho began experimenting with open tunings and developed his self-styled ‘esoteric doctrine of color and mood for 12 and 6 string guitar’. Now based in Berkeley, California, a...

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