Catch Newton Faulkner at Bonnaroo

Article Contributed by | Published on Thursday, June 5, 2008

Released to critical acclaim, Hand Built By Robots, the debut album by Newton Faulkner, is available now on Aware/Columbia Records. Billboard says, "His debut album is a confident, impressively kaleidoscopic effort…" while the Chicago Sun-Times says, "A guitar virtuoso, he has mastered a unique technique that allows him to use the instrument as guitar, bass and drums all at once." The double platinum-selling album debuted in the top five in the U.K. combined album charts, spent two weeks at Number One and secured the Number One spot on the U.K. iTunes chart for six straight weeks. Faulkner is currently headlining his own U.S. tour. Please see reverse for a complete list of dates.

Additionally, Faulkner has been honored with a 2008 Brit Award nomination in the "British Male Solo Artist" category and has earned support slots for acclaimed artists The Fray, Paolo Nutini and James Morrison plus appearances at Glastonbury, V Festival and the Cambridge Folk Festival. Faulkner will be touring the U.S. this spring. Please see reverse for a complete list of tour dates.

On Hand Built By Robots—which includes the single "Dream Catch Me"—Faulkner combines finger-picking, string-tapping and percussive drumming on the guitar's body to generate both melody and rhythm on the same instrument. "Tapping," explains Faulkner, "is prodding the strings really hard with your other hand, your picking hand. You can have stuff coming from both sides of the strings—you get two notes and they harmonize themselves."

In addition to the high-profile supporting roles mentioned above, Faulkner has also headlined his own sold-out U.K. tour, progressing from smaller venues to consistently filling 2000-seat rooms in ten different cities. The 23 year-old's approach to performing live has earned him a growing legion of passionate fans including a following amongst the surfing community. Of his love for touring, Faulkner says, "Everything makes more sense on the road…you have a clear understanding of what people like and want."