News

November 2017

We are pleased as Pinot to announce the release of two brand new EGR titles. We’ve been talkin’ up these releases for quite some time, so you should expect to hear an audible sigh of relief that they have finally seen the light of day.

First up, Amphora off reservation. This compilation of live recordings captures the band during their 2014-2015 tour of wineries in Sonoma County. An intoxicating mix of smooth jazz, surf, latin, be-bop and fusion. This title is offered FREE with any other Estate Grown purchase.

Secondly, we present the latest Ric album, Cauliflower. Ric offers one of his most personal albums to date. Most of the songs on this album are set in an intimate piano/vocal arrangement with minimal, sparse overdubs. In the grand Ric tradition, two tracks do feature friends lending their talents. “High Tension Wires” has Mark Brown on electric guitar. On “One For the Team”, Joe Chaplain and Bryan Paisley join Ric in a rousing, sports arena chant. This is Ric’s 16th album, (third for Estate Grown) and we feel this is one of the strongest in his immense catalog, sure to bring repeatable listening pleasure for years to come.

Hope you are having a warm Autumn and best wishes for the holiday season. Here in Sonoma County, we are still reeling from the wildfires that caused horrendous destruction in October throughout Santa Rosa and the surrounding communities. Not a single person here was left unaffected by the fires. If you didn’t lose your home, you know dozens of people who did. In times like these, art and the endeavors of the creative soul have never been more vital. Sonoma Strong!

Summer 2017

Summer is over, the kids are back in school (or soon will be), and we here at Estate Grown have been busy preparing a couple new releases for your listening pleasure.

Ric has been recording a new album and it’s nearly ready for consumption. Titled Cauliflower, the new album is a return to Ric’ s solo roots. Most tracks are a simple arrangement of piano and vocals. Unlike his last album, Clothes Make the Man, Ric eschews the full band sound, opting instead for a more intimate and personal sonic space. 10 tracks including “Dust”, “Open Top Touring”, “The Style” and advance single “High Tension Wires” (which, by the way, is the only track featuring a guest musician: Mark Brown lends his scorching electric guitar to this one.)

Also. as promised. the live Amphora compilation will also be out soon. I know I know, we’ve been promising this one for over a year, but you know how things go… Anyway, Ric played keyboard in Amphora, along with Bruce Oliver (guitar), Rob Otteson (guitar), Peter Theriault (bass), James Wonder (drums), and Andrew Foster (percussion) until their breakup in early 2015. During their run, they recorded most of their live shows. This new album features nine choice cuts that capture the energy and fun this band exuded on stage. Tracks include compositions by Horace Silver, Burt Bacharach, John Coltrane, Acoustic Alchemy and a Ric original.

In our previous news flash, we had announced that Ric would be releasing an album of “lost” tracks. Unfortunately, that project has been shelved yet again. Someday, someday…

 

 

Older stuff…

The Latest and Greatest (March 3, 2016)

EGR has been busy so far this year! Ric has been digging up some old musty masters from his 4-track days, and has transferred those tracks to digital with help from Blair Hardman of Zone Recording. The recordings, dating from 2000 to 2004, had been slated for an album to be titled How Can A Thing Be Known. Life changes, as we all know, and the album never saw the light of day. For the first time, Ric’s lost album will be available the way it was intended, plus five bonus tracks of outtakes from those sessions. Ric has begun the mixing and mastering process with Doug Jayne of Jackalope Studio. Look for an official release this summer.

We’ve also been working on a live album by the band Amphora. Ric played keyboard in Amphora, along with Bruce Oliver (guitar), Rob Otteson (guitar), Peter Theriault (bass), James Wonder (drums), and Andrew Foster (percussion) until their breakup in early 2015. During their run, they recorded most of their live shows. This new album features nine choice cuts that capture the energy and fun this band exuded on stage. Tracks include compositions by Horace Silver, Burt Bacharach, John Coltrane, Acoustic Alchemy and a Ric original.

In other news, Ric has been hosting his own radio show, Ric On The Radio, on KRCB FM 91.1. He can be heard every second and fourth Thursday from 9 to 11 pm. Each episode features a unique take on the history of rock n’ roll from the 1950s to the present. Check out his Facebook page: Ric On The Radio

The new Ric album, Clothes Make the Man, is now available for purchase.   Ric has been recording and performing for 30 years, as a solo artist and in many bands.  This album marks his 14th full-length release, his 2nd for EGR.  Ric plays keyboard and sings, and is joined by a host of guest musicians: Jesse Wickman (drums), Keith Ridenhour (sax), Joe Chaplain (guitar, vocals), Peter Theriault (bass), Dale Henry-Geist (guitar), Wes Thornton (concertina), Bruce Oliver (guitar), Ben Woodard (guitar, vocals), Ron Leigh (bass, vocals), Chuck Walter (drums), and Tom Judkins (guitar).  The album features eight original Ric songs, plus a rendition of a tune originally recorded by the band Acoustic Alchemy.

In other news, Ric is also pleased to announce his first release for the Anonymous Collective label.  EGR and AC have maintained a close and productive relationship for over five years.  EGR’s first contribution to the Colorado-based label was Ric’s song “They Can Have It!”, which appeared on AC’s 2011 compilation Anywheresville.  Now Ric has recorded an ep called Abkedefky, released May 2014.  Recorded entirely on a digital 4-track, the ep is a throwback to Ric’s early days of home recording: lots of experimentation, humor and all-around wackiness.  Each of the seven songs is rendered in various styles of music he has dabbled with in the past: sound collage, irreverent cover, R&B, pure improvisation, doo-wop, rap, and noise.  Check it out at anonymouscollective.limitedrun.com.

2 thoughts to “News”

  1. Greetings & salutations! I’m having a great time listening to your “Clothes make the Man” CD. Excellent arrangements. Gathering up the musical friends and making a joyful noise – good for you and good for the expressive soul. (Also, the cover is superb)
    Keep on keeping it real, Roxanne (McCurdy)

    1. Thanks, Roxanne! And I’m glad to see you and I are sharing space on the Sonoma Covers Project. I love that compilation. Thank you for the kind words regarding my new album. I keep making them just for the pure joy of writing and recording, and the camaraderie of fellow musicians. I hope you and I have a chance to play together again. And you too, keep it real!

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