Donnie Noyes is a well known local musician who has been playing in numerous bands over the years in and around Boston. Noyes, originally from the North Shore, started playing guitar at the age of 14. Although he did take private guitar lessons for all of two years and later attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Noyes considers himself to be self taught rather than schooled.
Noyes is currently in two Boston based bands, OD Jubilee, a tribute to the Black Crowes, where he lets it rip playing the whole Black Crowes catalog and a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, Vyntyge Skynyrd, where he shows his full range on the guitar.
Noyes had an original blues, rock trio, “Blue Avenue” which released a self titled and self produced CD, “Urban Rhythm” in 2000. Shortly thereafter, they disbanded and Noyes joined the Aerosmith tribute band, “Draw the Line”. For ten plus years he toured across the country as Joe Perry in Draw the Line and fit the part of Perry so well, not just in his playing style but of course his look.
Examiner caught up with Noyes at his recent show at Pete’s Bar and Grill in Quincy, Satch Romano’s stomping grounds.
Examiner: You’ve been playing out for many years, what advice can you give to a young musician?
Noyes: “I would say just keep playing and practicing and never stop trying to improve. Also, learn to sing, as you’ll always have the ability to front your own band and the singer picks the tunes. And if you can, learn to play more than one instrument and you’ll always be able to find a gig.”
Examiner: When did it all start for you, your love for the guitar and music in general?
Noyes: “I grew up north of Boston in Danvers and I was always listening to music as a kid. I discovered Rock n Roll through childhood friends and our next door neighbor, Bill Corelle, who was a bass player in a successful 60’s band called “Teddy and the Pandas”. Every once in a while he’d take out his bass, plug it in and that did it for me. I wanted a guitar of my own.
I got my own guitar at 14 and paid for it with a job that I had washing dishes at a local restaurant. Those were the days where you could put $20 down and take it home while making weekly payments. I still have that one actually.
I learned to play initially with private lessons but I’m primarily self taught. I formed my first band with school friends and my first gig was at the High School Frolics.”
Examiner: What were some of your on the road experiences?
Noyes: “Traveling across the country is a great experience and I would recommend that to anyone or any band. I’ve met a lot of cool people and have made friendships that continue to this day. It’s also interesting seeing and experiencing different cultures and lifestyles along the way.”
Find Donnie Noyes on Facebook: http://www.odjubilee.com