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Many youngsters picked up guitars in those days with varying degrees of effort and success, but Nobby was different. He didn't just pick up the guitar, he became the guitar. The guitar became part of him, and Nobby played the blues. He learned how to make the guitar do the talking, how to make it sing, how to make it cry from the depths of his soul and rejoice with the angels. You have only to watch other guitarists when they are watching him to realize you are witnessing something you just don't see or hear every day. This man can sweep an audience away to another place with his guitar playing alone.
After paying his dues in the relative obscurity of the Northeastern U.S. bar scene for many years, recording and performing in a host of different bands, he released his first solo CD in 1997 to critical acclaim both locally and nationally. "Guitar On My Back" was listed by Blues Revue Magazine as one of the top ten CDs listened to in the office by their staff. Reed hit the road with his own band and the Nobby Reed Project was born.
Nobby has always had the ability to draw great musicians to the stage to play with him. They want to play with him because they realize he is the real thing, no cheap imitation or clone of somebody else. He plays his own music his own way and that's the type of artist that gets some notice and some respect. Drummer, Eric Belrose has been with the Project since the beginning. He is as steadfast in his loyalty to Nobby as he is in his precision, power and finesse on the skins. He is a much sought after studio drummer in his own right.
Although veteran Bassist and songwriter, Tim Comings, departed the
band in May of 2005, he certainly brought to the Project a lifetime of
recording and performing experience. A longtime friend of Nobby's he
contributed to the songwriting on the second CD "It's All About The
Blues" and the fourth CD, "Every Mile";. When Comings left the group,
Nobby immediately enlisted the talents of his old friend, Bassist Ray
Bushey to fill the vacancy. Nobby and Ray’s personal and professional
relationship dates back to 1972, when they first performed together in
the legendary Northern Vermont Blues-Rock band “Greafe”.
Recently you may have heard NRP music on TV. Nobby has licensed to VH1, the History Channel, the Food Network and MTV. In 2004, a show on the History Channel called “Guts and Bolts” did a show on the making of guitars, and used 6 NRP songs. The show toured Fender and Gibson factories, they spoke of guitar greats like Clapton, Page and Hendrix, and NRP’s songs were mixed good and loud. How cool is that! Also, “Out The Bottle”, a song from Nobby’s first CD- "Guitar On My Back" was licensed by Saatchi Advertising Agency for the Crest commercial about the older woman at a dentist office, and the old men are saying that her breasts are real. They replaced the existing music with NRP music, and it was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. Crest liked it so much it may go to air.