Robbie Reay

Blues Musician - Artist - Author  

Robbie's music is of course self penned and recorded at home, it is raw, the real deal and sincere. Steering into unfamiliar territory at times finding his true calling, Reay has completed several albums, whilst cultivating a diverse but respectful relationship with his roots. Since the release of Robbie's first album 'Pure & Acoustic' in 2009, Robbie has endeavored to release an album each year.  'Pure & Acoustic' was followed by 'whispering Shadows in 2010 and then the single 'Talkin Tarn' released in 2011. 'Talkin Tarn' the single was a pre-release and the beginning of a new album. This album was not completed. Robbie recorded a Rock n Roll album of original tracks, which was due to release in early 2012. Having an unexpected set back and resulting consequences, Robbie was unable to continue playing and writing until 2014. 'Just Rock n roll Music' was finally released in 2014, which was actually completed early in 2012. After a turbulent few years recovering from smoke induced pneumonia and damaged lungs from a vehicle fire, Robbie started writing, playing and singing again, returning to the singer songwriter scene and releasing 'Secret Island' in July 2014. People say that close calls and life changing experiences bring you closer to your senses and that's true in Robbies case. Why didn't he see the signs earlier, he asks himself? The truth is that back in his teens Reay was approached by a Blues scout, whilst playing with Some Like It Hot, Rock n Roll Band. The scout wanting him to play in a London Blues club and he said Reay you are a great blues player. Not realizing this potential, Reay pledged his allegiance to his band and politely refused this opportunity. In the years since, Reay stepped in and out of different styles, but kept returning to Blues. Why? He loves the Blues. The live raw sound, the sincerity and truth, it heals your soul. He loves many styles of music including Rock, Rock n Roll and Singer Songwriter music. A combination of them all is what he needed, but what was the sound? Where does all music come from? Robbie was at the crossroads. Thankfully, after meeting a radio presenter, Jolly Roger said it's Blues. Robbie found his true calling. Jolly Roger, had thought Robbie always knew that he was a blues man at heart and could hear the real sound of Reay's music. Following an invitation to a new blues festival, Robbie traveled to one of his favorite places, the Cheviot Hills, Northumberland for a fantastic weekend of Blues. He took his guitar and played on Sunday morning in the bar of Clennell Hall, before the blues artists hit the stage. Hearing Reay play, the owner of the venue said "I want him on the stage". So, after jamming with a Jazz singer in the bar, Reay played a short set, completely off the cuff and it went down a storm. Bang! It finally hit home... Blues, nothing but the Blues. Embracing this revelation, Reay has now built his first Cigar Box Guitar, which has helped to carve the way for his first Blues Album 'The Jeky'll Can't Hide'. Trying to build up stamina in the lungs this was also Reay's first go at playing the harmonica properly. 'The Jekyll Cant Hide' album was released in 2016 followed by 'Barefoot Blues' album in 2017. Having discovered his true calling Reay had to go to the place where it all began. An incredible adventure to Mississippi led Reay to write Barefoot Blues and the book to accompany the album. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you enjoy the latest album from blues-man Robbie Reay 'Airsick Reay Blues Music'.