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Robert Noll returns with a righteous Blues Mission
It's been awhile since Robert Noll has hit the stage, especially with a full band.
But the veteran Detroit-area guitarist -- who's toured the world in the past with Albert Collins' Icebreakers and Big Twist & the Mellow Fellows -- is regrouping his Blues Mission for a show this weekend at Callahan's Music Hall in Auburn Hills. And Noll is doing his best to make sure the proverbial good time will be had by all.
"It's kind of just getting back to doing a gig," says Noll, 60, who now resides in Keego Harbor, where he's spent much of the past couple of decades focusing on teaching guitar as well as composing and further developing his skills, as well as playing occasional solo shows.
"Somewhere in the middle of the 90s I just got disillusioned with the whole music industry and decided to focus more on other things. This gig is testing the waters a little bit, coming back and letting people know I"m still around and very serious about what I do and want to share it with everyone. Hopefully it does good things for people."
But, Noll adds, the mission of the Blues Mission has not changed during the intervening years.
"It's all about the blues. It's the real thing," he explains. "I'm not the kind of guy who rehearses bands and plays something note for note. I just play on purr improvisation, what's coming from the heart and the emotions. That's why every time I play a song it's different. I'm just going for the raw feeling. That's what it's about for me, and the blues."
Noll is filming and recording Saturday's show, possibly for future release. He also has plenty of new music he's written, with yet another mission for that.
"I've been focusing more on healing music," Noll says. "I want people to have a fun time, but I want to put some healing on them, too. I've done a lot of research over the years on music and colorations of chords and intervals and who they affect people and how rhythms affect people and turn on certain parts of your brain and how they can actually heal.
"It's a wonderful, powerful thing. I want to bring to the stage a holistic approach to the power of the music, not just stand there playing riffs and singing songs. I'm going deeper than that. I want righteousness."
Robert Noll Blues Mission
8 p.m. Saturday, May 14.
Callhan's Music Hall, 2015 South Blvd., Auburn Hills.
Tickets are $15.
Call 248-858-9508 or visit atcallahans.com.
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