Basho is recognized as one of the essential, transporting acoustic guitarists of his time. His music is indispensable to a host of players, foremost among them, Steffen Basho-Junghans, who has taken Basho’s name, and his inspiring example, to places they’ve never been before. Such fellow travelers as Jack Rose, Matt Valentine and James Blackshaw clearly “get” Basho, and have been quick to credit his influence. (Glenn Jones)
In the 1960s and ‘70s, John Fahey and Leo Kottke seemed to soak up all the attention as the primary “wayshowers” of a new approach to the acoustic steel-string guitar. One was dark and paranoid, the other light and humorous; both were still firmly rooted in folk and blues traditions. But another, in some ways greater, challenge to the accepted way of playing and composing on the guitar was also looming up at the time: Robbie Basho’s. Compared to Fahey and Kottke, though, you would have to describe Robbie and his musical antecedents as simply “Other.” There are obvious influences from India, Japan and the Near East, of course. But even those are not pure translations of other traditions: they too have been re-worked by a creative intelligence. Clearly Robbie has widened the musical horizons greatly. (Richard Osborn)
Link to Robbie Basho archive, created and maintained by Steffen Basho Junghans.