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Monday, January 30, 2023

Rick and Friends - self titled - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent self titled release, Rick and Friends and it's chocked full of melodic, rock and blues rock flavored tracks. Opening with Forever Home, Rusty Wright is featured on lead vocal, with Rick Drevet on guitar, Mark Pappalardo on thumping drums and Bill Adams on bass. Showing a Hatchett meets Boston attack, this track is radio ready and polished. Drevet creates a Tucker kind of guitar richness on the intro that flows throughout the track with nice interwoven lead work and Pappalardo's drum thunder really adds a lot under the finesse of Wright on lead vocal. With an attack reminiscent of Trower in Procol Harem, Book of Wreckage brings that sound to the current day with super vocal blending by Wright and contemporary guitar and drum riffs. I funky rock sound on Smokey Whiskey with slide and dobro by Drevet and booming drum work by Pappalardo. Bluesy Cold Steel Blues has a great bass line by Drevet and fully blended vocals, and of course heavy drums, leading to some nice blues lead work by Drevet. Wrapping the release is Shakin Sally with it's straight forward sound over the distinctive motorcycle rumble. Rick Melick adds in some powerful B3 taking Wright's lead vocal to an even higher level. Solid closer for a solid rocker. 

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  1. This band is awesome. I am so glad people are finding out about their great songs. Thanks Bman!

  2. Love this group 💟