Thank you for joining us for another Fresh Finds. Today, we have The Rick George Band answering some questions about his artistry and career as a songwriter. If you’re a fan of Chris Stapleton, then you’ll be a fan of Rick George. Make sure to find his links at the bottom of this article to follow along on his journey
Provide a brief background of yourself as an artist, what has changed in the past year? - Rick George is a singer songwriter making "old" country new again. Rick draws on his experiences being born and raised along the rust belt to craft stories that paint a picture of everyday life most of us can relate to. Making use of his influences in traditional country and Americana, Rick has created a sound he's proud to call his own and shares it with venues, homes, bars, and listening rooms big or small. I've recently had the opportunity to work with some of Nashville's finest to record my first single "Drinking and Dreaming" which is my take on Waylon's song. The song was produced by Dean Miller (son of Country Music Hall of Famer Roger Miller) and features Melonie Cannon on vocals as well.
Where are you based out of? I'm currently residing in Dayton, Ohio which is right in between Cincinnati and Columbus. However, I call Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania home. I lived there most of my life and am a proud Yinzer who puts french fries on his salads and sandwiches.
What are you planning on releasing this year? - I'm actually planning on releasing my debut album either late this year or early next year. I haven't decided if I'll be headed back to Nashville to record the album or if we'll do it here in Dayton. Regardless, I'm excited for everyone to hear my books of songs and the relatability I hope they find in it.
Have you been co-writing with other writers? - I have not. However, it's always been something I've been interested in doing. I've had most of the songs on the upcoming album sitting in my pocket for some time now. I can see collaboration becoming a bigger part of my writing process in the coming years.
Where have you been playing live music and planning to play this upcoming month? - I play mostly in the Midwest, particularly the OH/PA/WV/IN region. My focus has mostly been on solo performances the past year but plan on putting together more full band shows in the near future.
What do you like most about your music career? - There's a lot to enjoy about a career in music and it's hard to narrow it down to one thing in particular. A few things come to mind. Being able to share my thoughts and experiences for folks that can relate. Connecting with someone in the crowd during a song or even a particular line in a verse that means a lot to you both is always a great feeling. Seeing people have fun and enjoy life mutually through music.
Why did you choose a career in the music industry? What are your long term goals? - I'm not sure when it becomes a "Career" but music has always been a passion for me. My mom raised me on Rod Stewart. My dad raised me on Eagles. I even sang in a progressive melodic death metal band for a period of time. My long term goal is to keep enjoying listening to and making music
What is one song that would describe the soundtrack of your life? - "What A Wonderful World" - Louie Armstrong