It’s been said that creativity takes courage, and self-expression is a way to show the world your inner soul. With a new group of songs and a new full-length album in the works, Bobby has let down his guard, and become more than the instrumentalist he gained a reputation for. He recently won a Wammie award (Washington Area Music Association) for best blues album, and although there are strong overtones of the blues in his writing, he sees himself now as a singer-songwriter, with a loud amp, and a strong band. He will as easily spend an evening entertaining a small listening room with his acoustic guitars and his songs, and the next night, he will have the dance floor packed grooving to the same songs with his band.
“I want to carry on the tradition, of blues and folk music, without mimicking, but with solid interpretation and writing. People like Taj Mahal, John Hammond Jr., and Mississippi John Hurt are top-shelf in my vinyl catalog. Lightnin' Hopkins and Townes Van Zandt were friends. Bob Dylan sang blues songs. Blues music and folk music are close relatives. That's the tradition I want to continue in with my songwriting and performances.”, Thompson states.
He is currently working on his 7th full-length album, with a promotional EP release in June, followed by east coast tour dates. Known for rarely slowing down, he’s fronted bands like Blueheart Revivial and Revelator Hill, and been a sideman for artists such as Justin Jones (930 Club Records), Laura Tsaggaris, and he once even toured with SOJA for three months back in 2009. He’s taken all he has learned, playing an array of musical styles, and packaged them into who is he is today: a quintessential rock’n roll performer, that doubles as acoustic singer-songwriter, easily balancing between the two.