Rick has been playing guitar since around 1963 – shortly after seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. His second instrument (first was drums) would become his primary by 1973. Early exposure to artists like Jimmy Rodgers, Tom Paxton, and Johnny Cash gave a solid grounding in folk/acoustic playing, while the music of the ’60’s and ’70’s – from pop and show tunes (even movie soundtracks) through blues, jazz, rock, and what would become known as “world” music helped influence his playing.
He worked at improving his craft over the years by gigging up and down the east coast and out in the mid-west during the late ’70’s with show bands and with a variety of solo gigs and bar bands / AOR bands after getting off the road in 1979. A year-long break from playing began in
1982 as he focused on getting a solid grounding in recovery, and when he resumed playing it was back to basics – acoustic guitar in altered tunings – for a few years before going back to playing electric in club settings. Today, still a fan of almost all types of music, Rick plays guitar as a part of the worship team at Celebrate Church in Sioux Falls, drawing on all of his influences to add to the worship experience.
Electric Christmas V3
O Come O Come Emannuel