British blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Chris Rea, probably best know for his hits 'The Road To Hell' and 'Driving Home For Christmas' was featured in the UK's Mail on Saturday on April 21st 2012 in an article talking about 6 of his favourite and most inspiring things and places - and at number three is his Yamaha NTX1200.
Chris's latest project, Santo Spirito, is a 3CD, 3DVD box set featuring 2 films directed by Chris, the soundtrack to each film and the album 'Santo Spirito Blues'. Chris drew inspiration from traditional Spanish Gypsy music for much of the project and his NTX1200 features extensively in both the recordings and live shows on the Santo Spirito Tour.
Chris's comment in the article is "It’s terrific because you don’t have to tune it. I used it a great deal on my latest album, Santo Spirito." - where he's referring to the intonation being much more consistent than on a traditional classical guitar and therefore much more usable when playing high up the neck, something which turned him onto the NX guitars as soon as he played them.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2132005/Chris-Rea-Musician-asp...
The Mail on Saturday - Chris Rea article
Santo Spirito is a long way from a traditional album, and the natural succession to the elaborate 11CD, 1DVD 'Blue Guitars Project' which he was forced to fund himself as the record companies considered it 'pure, incomprehensible madness' (The Blue Guitars project went on to gross €5million at retail), Chris explained his thinking in making a project rather than a record to BBC News “ I cannot be bothered just making a CD any more. It has got to be something more interesting for me than just 10 tracks on CD. The luxury of selling over 30 million albums has allowed me to try new and different approaches to music. I would be damning myself to hell if I just took the money and ran. One day a younger artist may look at what I have been trying to do, marrying my love of the visual arts and music and start a whole new movement. Then, I will know it was all worthwhile!”
With a career spanning over thirty years and the albums The Road To Hell (1989) and Auberge (1991) both debuting at No.1 in the UK, cementing his position as arguably one of the country’s finest musicians and songwriters.