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Rick and Friends

Updated: Sep 14


Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.


My mother was an organist. She played professionally in churches for about 50 years. If it had sheet music, she could play it. Great talent and inspiration.


Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?


That's a tough one. One cursed gig LOL. It was late afternoon and we were setting for a sound check. Loverboy was in town and 2 members came n the 1st floor bar. Hearing the sounds, they proceeded to take a look. Our singers girlfriend stopped them saying only band members were aloud. They left. We never got a chance to open for them LOL. Later that evening, we set up flash pods for the 1st time. It was a small run-down club and we played on the 2nd floor. Our drummer loaded the flash pods and just before our set started, our singer loaded them again. It about blew my face off when they lit them. Pretty sure I lost an eyebrow. Later in the set I pulled my amp over when jumping on one of the front tables. It was quite the crash as I was using a Marshall 8-10 cabinet. To their credit it still worked after the crash.


What has been the high point of your music path?


The fan responses to this album. I have 9 pages so far of comments telling us how a song brings back memories or they are living the story now.


So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?


It starts with a guitar riff for me. That riff will set the tone for the song and I usually get a story concept at that point. The story usually defines the type of song IE: ballad, swamp rocker, or rowdy bar buster. Then I create the verse and chorus, focusing on a strong melody. Depending on the song I'll create turnaround riffs or a complimentary 2nd rhythm part on the guitar, possibly a bridge and/or a pre-chorus if needed. Once the basic song is created, I add bass. The bass will sometimes carry the melody part and it changes the song. The drums are added, and again there may be spots I will remove or change a guitar part to take advantage of a powerful drum fill. On this album, the keyboard parts were created last. In a couple cases, the keys take the lead spot. I am going to experiment with writing the keyboard parts first on some for the next albums songs. We would like to add a full-time keyboard player in the future and I would expect that to add a whole new wealth of song ideas.


What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?


Getting heard above the millions of new songs added online every year. It sure seems strange that we have to get 1,884 streams to earn $1.00.


If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?


That's really hard to narrow to one. The original Lynyrd Skynyrd before the crash would be my pick. Prolific songwriters and master entertainers.


What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?


I play everyday. I will play the whole album then start learning new chords, scales or licks. Then I work on new songs. For live gigs we get together to rehears for 2 to 5 days before the gig.


Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!


River Creed. I wanted it to be the best song I had written to date. I started the music about two years ago. I had the story concept but it took some time for the lyrics to evolve. There were two major changes to the music along the way. The chorus was changed and I added the bridge. Once the "Down Here" hook came, the rest of the lyrics came pretty clear.

What's coming up in the future?


We are pushing hard to get our social numbers up so we can catch the interest of a solid promoter. We would like to take the album out on tour sometime early next year.


Tell us where fans can access your music?


https://rickandfriends.com


Streaming: https://linktr.ee/RickandFriends

 

About Rick


Playing with friends in high school and soon after joining the east Tennessee band Zachery Bow. Rick laid a solid Rock foundation. Rick moved back to Nashville to form Stiff Kitty and all original Rock/Metal group. From there Rick moved to Florida where he joined Audio Vault. After taking several years out of music, Rick built and eventually sold Planet Ear Candy studios in St. Charles, MO.


Rick loves to connect with a crowd and seeks to be known as a good writer and decent musician. He describes himself as a “Never satisfied tone junkie.”


Learn more at https://rickandfriends.com

 

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