Rick – Bass guitar and Vocals
Grew up in small town, Winchester, VA. I had plenty of opportunity to be around lots of live music growing up. All 3 older brothers played music in some fashion. Specifically, 2 played Bluegrass & Country and the other played mostly rock and roll. I started playing electric guitar at the age of 8 or so. First song I learned to play was “Secret Agent Man”. I played my first paid gig when I was 14 years old in a band called, “Baravus”. Oldest guy in the band was 16. We played at Lord Fairfax Community College for the Womenless Beauty Contest. It was a blast, and I was forever hooked on playing for folks. I think we made $15.00 each.
Through the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s I played in a bunch of bands, i.e. Chuck Mason and Abraham, Eagle Eye Fleagle, Rumors and The New Sensation Band, to name a few. I had a great time and wouldn’t change a thing if I had it to do all over again. Out of all the bands I worked with over the decades the person I learned the most from was clearly Mr. Chuck Mason. Chuck always had a humble disposition, was always willing to show me my part in the songs when I didn’t take the time to figure it out on my own…I will always miss playing music with him. He is the best musician I ever had the honor of working with.
The New Sensation Band came to a halt in 2003. I had not played since. I kinda went into retirement for awhile. In October 2007, I was at a local club and some guys asked me if I wanted to sit in for a song or two. Well, the “performing bug” bit me again. On the way home that evening I did a self-assessment and pondered about whether I was truly happier with music in my life verses without music. I made excuse after excuse to not do it, but I kept coming back to the same answer. The clear answer was that my life was much happier and more fulfilling with music, than without. SO, here I am writing a BIO so everyone can laugh at how crazy I am to be doing this again.
One thing, I was offered the job to play in the Revolution Band in December 2007. It was also an opportunity for me to perform with my son, Jerry. I was really afraid that if I didn’t take the offer, I would look back when I was 65 years old, and say that I was really stupid for not jumping on the opportunity to play just one more round.
Hobbies: Harley-Davidson 2006 Ultra, TV, Mowing Grass & Playing with the 3rd Wife. Loving my children and 4 grandbabies & working in my woodshop.
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