Rick has performed extensively in Europe and the U.S, and his original music has appeared in nationally-broadcast television shows, commercials, and independent films. He is known for his impressive technique and aggressive, yet melodic approach to keyboards. His innovative composing and songwriting skills have made him an integral part of any musical project/band that he's ever been associated with.
Rick studied composition and piano in Frankfurt, Germany, alongside Happy The Man guitarist Stan Whitaker and jazz pianist David Bach, all three key members in original bands on the Frankfurt scene. Rick performed many times at the famed Frankfurt Zoom club (where King Crimson Live was recorded).
After having lived in Europe and South America for nearly a decade, Rick moved to Denver, Colorado and played in various all-original bands. Among these were Merlin--featuring Seattle bassist extraordinaire Dan~El (the two currently are nearing completion of a joint CD project), and in Daugherty & Carson, which received fabulous reviews for Rick's original compositions,
and featured current Lake Tahoe headlining blues guitarist Dan McGinty and Czech-based American singer/songwriter/drummer Brad Huff. Rick's songwriting garnered the approval of then-Billboard Magazine's “Producer of the Year” Barry Fey, as well as Caribou Ranch's John Carsello. Rick's final Denver project was with singer/songwriter Bentley Kalaway, who is currently writing and recording inspirational new material in Maui.
Rick relocated to Las Vegas in the early 80's after being recruited to play a seven-week gig there with the Diane Stewart Band (Rod's cousin). He stayed in Vegas and joined the Mami Sisters, a group of seven gifted sisters whose lush harmonies never failed to fill every seat in the house. In 1984, he was hired by long time Las Vegas favorites the Smith Brothers Band, one of the longest running and most successful acts in Las Vegas history, and fronted by talented singer/songwriter Greg Smith.
While in Vegas, Rick has performed with or opened for many well-known acts and major recording artists, and has also engineered and/or produced other artists, including gifted Nashville songsmith Rick Moore, Phoenix acoustic/bluegrass artist Tim Gray, and Grand Junction, Colorado's eclectic multi-instrumentalist Larry Holloway.
Near the end of 2008 he began working for Flash co-founder Ray Bennett, which eventually led to his joining Flash as a full time recording/touring member. While he still finds time for piano studies at UNLV, Flash now takes up all of Rick's musical time; and his focus these days is “never-ending preparation” for upcoming Flash concerts.
Read Rick's new interview here.
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