rick524422
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ABOUT

I'm a retired semi-professional musician from the Fort Lauderdale area (relocated to North Port) with many years of performing experience. At different times I've been the 1st and 2nd Lead/Rhythm Guitar/Keyboards/Sequencing/Harmonica/Percussionist. Or Bass/Keyboards/Sequencing. Also Drummer/Percussionist. All of these positions including Backing Vocals (a specialty). Able to play along with a click track as needed. In recent years I've been in the drummer/vocalist spot with SWFL working bands. I.e.: Fill-In Percussion's/Vocals with Yesterdaze, Drums/Vocals with Ardens Rule, 3-Deep, Adrenalin Junkies, Renegade, And the As Is Band. More recently, Guitar/Midi/Vocals with Spare Parts and FoRum duo. Also continuing (yearly) first-call, fill-in drummer at Church of Saint Patrick in Sarasota.

I'm also a graphic/computer/video artist designing promotional copy for bands such as business cards, banners, website development (and hosting) as well as FB (social network) administrating. Otherwise known as "Web Presence".

I have a home Digital Audio project studio - Rick's Playpen/Comfy At Home Productions. I've produced a few singles and CD's with other artists/songwriters as well as performing/co-writing all of the instrumentation for their tracks, and I've expanded my "hobby studio" in recent years to include Music Video productions.

I've uploaded rough early mixes of two solo-produced/performed audio projects just for examples of my studio skills. And finally finished and added (here) my first solo Music Video project "Comfy At Home" (top left video thumbnail). It's also on my be channel for sharing. The sound-track of Comfy At Home is now also available (here) for listening.

Disclaimer: I'm not another delusional "musician" like so many that have come and gone in our lives as performers. The information in my bio is true and can be corroborated by former band members, colleagues, and peers for whom I have great respect and admiration (and am friended with on FB). All are ready and willing to back me up, giving good references if requested. If any of my info is intimidating to your ego, I am what I am - no apologies. It can't get any simpler than that.

Screen name:
rick524422
Member since:
Apr 05 2013
Active within 24 hours
Level of commitment:
Committed
Years playing music:
55
Gigs played:
Over 100

Influences

Steely Dan, Yes (and their solo works), Genesis/Phil Collins, Journey, Kansas, Toto, Queensryche, Chicago, Heart, Eagles, Little River Band, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Joe Walsh, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Spin Doctors (especially Aaron Comess), Gino Vannelli, Starcastle, The Allman Brothers, Crosby-Stills-Nash & Young, etc., etc. The list is just too long and varied to post it all here, but you get the idea!

Instrument experience:

Bass Guitar:
Advanced
Drums:
Advanced
Other Percussion:
Advanced
Background Singer:
Advanced
Other:
Advanced
Vocalist:
Advanced
Rhythm Guitar:
Advanced
Lead Guitar:
Advanced
Acoustic Guitar:
Advanced
Keyboard:
Moderate
Harmonica:
Moderate

EQUIPMENT

Customized Line 6 JTV-69 Variax guitar and (digitally integrated) Line 6 HD500X Floor Pedal system. Fishman TriplePlay and FC-1 wireless midi system controlling a Roland JV-1010 synth module along with an Edirol PCR-500 Keyboard/Controller. Bugera 333-212 amp. Yamaha FGX730SC Acoustic. Breedlove Pursuit 12-String Acoustic Guitar. 1996 Fender/Squire Precision Bass. Nady UB-4 Wireless Headset Mic system and (modded) Shure SM57. TC Helicon VoiceTone Harmony GXT harmonizer. Expanded and customized Roland TD-9SX V-Tour Electronic Drums. Alesis SamplePad. Customized Behringer Eurolive B115 for drums stage amplification. Behringer Eurolive B205D vocal monitor. My studio hardware/software and instrument list keeps growing and is just too extensive to include it all here.

MUSIC