“The Nobility have defined a generation of rock and roll…”
“Everybody remembers where they were when they first heard The Nobility.”
“We’ve seen the future of music and that future is The Nobility”
“The Nobility voted People Magazine’s sexiest band alive”
In the ten years since The Nobility played their first gig in Little Rock, Arkansas, not a single one of these things has been said about them. As a matter of fact, the opposite may have been stated a few times. Nevertheless, they have devoted the past decade to writing, recording, and performing the type of music they love; cranking out catchy little ditties that elicit head-bobbing approval from stodgy librarians and sing-along participation from dull, stovetop hat-wearing abolitionists.
Working tirelessly to hone their craft, the band has carved out a cozy niche in Nashville’s ample music scene, affording them opportunities to perform for dozens of people and record a handful of independently-released albums. Despite the lack of industry adoration or Tiger Beat cover shoots, The Nobility have stayed committed to producing high-quality records without sacrificing their own idiosyncratic style and tone. Inspired by rock and roll’s technologically deprived forefathers, the band relies on a 2” reel-to-reel tape machine, live takes, and textured dynamics to capture the upbeat melodies and layered harmonies they’re known for.
Their latest endeavor, 2011’s The Secret of Blennerhassett Island, is the fruit of eighteen months of writing, rehearsing, recording, mixing, and extensive jazz choreography. Recorded with Brian Carter of Paradox Productions, the album reflects the meticulous attention to detail that characterizes the band’s sound. In addition to serving as the catalyst for launching new and original Nobility tunes on an unsuspecting public, the album has given the band sufficient reason to perform private Bryan Adams cover concerts, provide personalized pet portraiture services, and record a music video starring none other than former president Abraham Lincoln all in the name of promotion.
Since their formation in 2001, The Nobility have recorded three full-length albums and five EPs, toured the nation (including a particularly rousing series of library concerts), served as the subject of a children’s book marketed to tween girls, and had a song featured in an exceptionally terrible Meg Ryan movie. Not bad for Nashville’s 57th best band.
Nobility Staff Writer, Nancy Floyd