Throughout his long career with rock-fusion band Woodenhead and guitar collective Twangorama, the electric guitar has served as Jimmy Robinson’s main ax. But during a monthlong Hurricane Katrina evacuation to Memphis, TN,, he rediscovered the acoustic guitar, the instrument at the heart of his classical music studies at Loyola University.
He is an example of the new, dynamic, and fresh outlooks on improvised music that have been a part of New Orleans since the mid- ’70s. That was when he first formed the band Woodenhead, one of several highly exploratory combos he has been involved with. Other projects include Twangorama, a band that could certainly inspire a suicide pact among listeners who dislike guitar. The instrumentation of this group features five guitarists jamming on both classic rock covers and jazz selections.