Rick J Bowen, drummer, vocalist, and songwriter, grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan playing in school band, choir and show bands. While earning a BA at Western Michigan University he was able to spend two years in the rhythm section of Gold Company, a top college jazz vocal ensemble. After college Rick played in various rock and blues bands until he landed in Soul Syndicate, a blues/rock group who won the chance to open for Bad Company after taking first in WLAV’s “Baddest” band competition. Soul Syndicate went on to open for The Storm and Common Ground as well as doing club tours of the Midwest and East Coast.
Moving to the Northwest in 1994, Rick soon landed gigs and sessions with many diverse local artists and is on call for sessions and production at Contact Create Studios. Always playing for the song and striving to be the backbone of the rhythm section has allowed Rick to flex his chops in a variety of genres.
As a member of The Stacy Jones Band, who received the 2009 "best new band" award, has become a NW favorite and received several nominations for "best of the blues "awards.
Rick is endorsed by and plays THUMPER CUSTOM DRUMS. www.thumpercustomdrums.com
He is also member and contributing writer for the Washington Blues Society and a staff review writer for Innocent Words. http://innocentwords.com
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Posted on April 16, 2014 at 3:00pm
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Posted on April 9, 2014 at 1:30pm
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Posted on March 20, 2014 at 4:30pm
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Posted on March 4, 2014 at 4:00pm