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
Bursting forth with a sound salvaged from the cutting room floor of a long lost session of the million dollar quartet at Sun Studios, ‘Parish Lines’ from Rod Melancon isn’t retro; it’s the real deal. Hailing from South Louisiana, as documented on the fiery honky-tonk track bearing that name, Melancon delivers vocal skills full of authenticity and back country pride. The ten strong songs cover the gamut of roots rock, country and hillbilly soul, and tell us tales of a small town…Continue
Posted on March 4, 2014 at 4:00pm
John Hiatt is certainly one of the most prolific songwriters of all time having penned hits for Bonnie Raitt, B.B King, Eric Clapton, Jeff Healey and Three Dog Night. His skill with multiple genre’s including rock, country, blues and soul, solidifies his status as one of the founders of modern Americana, and a true songwriters’ songwriter.
His twenty second album is a unique collection of seventeen songs, at least two from each of the 8 albums released between 2000-2012…Continue
Posted on March 1, 2014 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments
On his third album Here I Come Mississippi born Eddie Cotton Jr. is out to prove everything is up to date on the delta. Guitarist singer songwriter Cotton performs with fire, snap and sass on the ten original tracks backed by Myron Bennett (bass), Samuel Scott, Jr. (drums) who hit each groove with calculated precision. Produced skillfully by Grady Champion for his DeChamp records, the 2010 IBC winner also makes a guest appearance adding his legendary harmonica skills to two…Continue
Posted on February 25, 2014 at 2:30pm
Hot on the heels of his acclaimed 2013 all instrumental record ‘Get It,’ Tinsley Ellis is back with another set of scorching blues rock guitar tracks on ‘Midnight Blue.’ The ten new songs show how Ellis is a master of tone as he uses familiar themes to explore the depths of his guitar playing, vocal abilities and lyrical expression.
An obvious student of the blues Ellis delivers a classic lovers lament on the opening track “If The River Keeps Rising,’ with its thundering…Continue
Posted on February 17, 2014 at 3:00pm