The Bobby Thompson Project was formed shortly after BobbyT finished touring the US for most of 2008 and 2009. Building a new fase base around the county was a by-product of Bobby being a part of 6 to 8 piece bands playing rock shows in front of thousands from California to Vermont. While off the road in January 2010, Bobby started writing new songs from scratch, culminating in his first single 'Good Things That We Have' which was produced by Todd Wright, who also happens to produce Pat McGee, Shane Hines, Toby Lightman, and many other artists in the pop-folk world. The single is Bobby's first excursion into the realm of pop-blues, ala John Mayer and Eric Clapton. It worked, and the song is now a fan favorite.
So the songwriting continued and Bobby got together with his new band, plus a cast of musical all-stars, like Ron Holloway (Gov't Mule, Dizzie Gillespe, Susan Tedeshi) and Tommy Lepson, and began the sessions that would produce the blues-rock album 'By The Hand'. Released in March 2011 and produced by drummer Gary Crockett, the album represents Bobby's skill with blues, and blues-rock, showcasing both his guitar chops and singing, while never straying from the song. Obvious influences include Ben Harper and Warren Haynes, but you can hear the blues greats, you can hear some Neil Young and Tom Petty and some young Clapton. For Bobby, this is the beginning of his album-making career.
The 2nd album is already underway. A continuation of the sessions for 'Good Things', Bobby has plans to record an EP with an array of session musicians, to be produced by Todd Wright. Song titles like 'Again', 'I Came To See You', and 'Down To Here' are the first songs to be written in Todd's new studio.
Look for Bobby on tour during the spring and summer, and the new EP to be released in the fall.
Recent work: sessions with Justin Jones & The Driving Rain, Leon Mobley (of Ben Harper's Innocent Criminals), Junior Marvin (of Bob Marley's Wailers)
Growing up surrounded by the music of The Beatles and Roy Orbison, Bobby picked up the guitar at age 9, and put it back down. The time wasn't right yet for the 6-strings but it was right for classical training at middle school and church on the viola and piano. It wasn't until the rebel teenage years that the electric guitar made it into his life on a daily basis. His first bands were high school groups that played the music of Canned Heat and CCR. Surrounded by a high school class that for some strange reason were throwbacks to the 60's and 70's, everything from Cream and Hendrix to Bob Marley and Bob Dylan were studied after school at neighborhood jam sessions. While most of his high school friends went off to college, Bobby went to music school in Los Angeles and made friends with some of the top teachers in the school, learning theory, harmony and performance. A visiting concert by blues legend Albert Collins solidified his love of the electric blues guitar and his studies continued, dipping out at nights to LA blues and jazz clubs to learn how it was done.
Heading back to DC in the mid 1990s, Bobby jumped on the DC club circuit quick, and found himself jamming with the likes of Bobby Parker and Mick Fleetwood, who had opened a blues club in Alexandria Virginia. A monthly residency at Fleetwood's was just what Bobby wanted and needed. From there, he toured with rock and blues groups up and down the east coast. By the turn of the century, his musical tastes broadened to incorporate folk-rock and reggae into his mix. He also began singing and writing more.
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