Rick has been playing and performing music since his grammar school days. He began writing music at age 14 and two years later was a regular music performer on local college radio stations. At age 16 he was scouted by Mainstream Records NYC, original label for Janis Joplin, and recorded his first demo. He continued his music passion with various bands as a lead guitarist and vocalist and in 1980 appeared on The Uncle Floyd Show with the band " Desert Fox ". The Desert Fox project drew the attention of both A & M and Columbia Records, and received a favorable review from Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1994 Rick had the pleasure of performing as a lead vocalist at an Atlantic Records original showcase which also brought positive reviews from members of their A & R department.
After over 40 years of playing in various projects, Rick has returned to his first musical love, acoustic solo performance.
He performs at various venues with a catalog of both cover and original music. Though he does the cover tunes he tries to put his own spin on them without hurting the integrity of the song. Vocal styles range from the soft ballad to the very edgy rock flavors.
In addition, for the last few years, Rick had been backing legendary frontman and leader of The SMITHEREENS , Pat Dinizio ( RIP) , on guitar and vocals for Pat's solo shows around the country.
Rick has had the pleasure of opening shows solo for artists Mike Peters Of The Alarm, Pure Prairie League, John Eddie, and of course The Smithereens to name a few. He has also been involved in The Light Of Day Foundation where he has performed in shows with Willie Nile ,Jeffrey Gaines, Southside Johnny and others.
" One of the best singer/songwriters that I have ever worked with " - Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens.
To describe it best a fellow musician once described his style as:
" Powerful vocals and guitar performance.... taking you from Sweet wine..to Bourbon...and everywhere in between "