Rick Shea

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  • Rick Shea

    This show was on May 30th, 2014 | 30 people watched
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    • May 31
      Terrific show, great sound.
    • May 31
      one of americana's unsung heroes. Rick Shea is a great songwriter and a fine picker. Nice to be able to see him live at the Bugle Boy, from down here in New Zealand.
    • May 31
      Thanks, Rick. Always great to hear you speak and sing. Brings back great train memories with good friends.
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Rick Shea cut his teeth in the bars and honky-tonks of San Bernardino where he grew up. An evocative singer and an accomplished guitarist Shea is equally at home with an acoustic guitar or his worn old Telecaster.

Shea's songs reflect the folk, country, rock and Mexican influences he grew up with, as a songwriter he says he lets the songs find their own settings. On his songwriting... more

Rick Shea cut his teeth in the bars and honky-tonks of San Bernardino where he grew up. An evocative singer and an accomplished guitarist Shea is equally at home with an acoustic guitar or his worn old Telecaster.

Shea's songs reflect the folk, country, rock and Mexican influences he grew up with, as a songwriter he says he lets the songs find their own settings. On his songwriting influences Shea says, “Merle Haggard cast a long shadow when I was younger, but since then Dave Alvin, Jim Ringer and a lot of other music has found its way in.”

Rick’s latest album, Sweet Bernardine, his ninth, is a collection of Shea’s own stories and stories of California and beyond. The arrangements are spare and simple, based on acoustic guitar, bass, accordion, mandolin and drums with brushes, but Shea does pull out the telecaster for a few. "San Bernardino is where I grew up and although we moved around a lot up to that time, it still feels more like what I would call home."

In addition to playing in California, Shea's recently toured Texas, New England, Ireland, the U.K. and Hawaii and plans to return and get to some new places this year. “Playing live shows is what I've always done, from the bars, honky-tonks and coffeehouses I started in to the shows I do now. It’s a chance for me to see people and see them connect with the songs, that’s really what it’s all about

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