I started playing the guitar even before the Beatles had their first American hit. In the many years since, music has played an important role in my life. It has provided me with a living, introduced me to some remarkable friends and been a constant source of comfort. It’s a privilege to have been part of some very special projects.
What I do
I am passionate about acoustic music and play fingerstyle guitar enthusiastically; professionally, I am more frequently found with an acoustic or electric bass guitar in my hands. I also enjoy arranging songs (particularly vocals). I started working as a producer in recording studios many years ago and have helped make commercials, film soundtracks, albums and more.
The Red Planet
I’m proud to be a member of The Red Planet, a project band featuring Billy Gewin and John Cable. We’ve recorded a new album, When the Levee Breaks Through, with some extraordinary musicians including John’s old friend and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band colleague John McEuen, the brilliant Wales-based folksinger/songwriter Julie Murphy and English fiddler Sam Sweeney. We’re particularly excited that touring with us will be Marla Feeney, whose instrumental virtuosity on strings, clarinet and flute added so much to the album. Keep up with The Red Planet at https://www.theredplanetmusic.com. And in the meantime, take a look at a song from a concert appearance in Switzerland: https://youtu.be/oBMg97htvnc
Red Kite Studio
My dear friend Martin Levan has built an incredible career as a recording engineer and producer and theatrical sound designer. Over more than four decades, he has recorded artists from a broad range of genres: Iron Maiden, Ralph McTell, John Martyn, June Tabor, Leveret and many more. He also created the original sound design for some of the most successful musicals of all time including Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Cats, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I consider myself very lucky to have the occasional opportunity to co-produce projects with Martin at his beautiful Red Kite Studio in Wales.
The Red Planet recorded much of When the Levee Breaks Through with Martin at Red Kite.
Check out the studio and learn more about Martin and his work at http://www.martinlevan.com/
Rick is a talented singer/instrumentalist who grew up in Alabama. We met in Switzerland and had a chance to create an album we’re both proud of (and it was also recorded with Martin Levan in Wales at Red Kite Studio).
Check out Rick’s video of the title track at https://youtu.be/_8pB8QYdpYU