Rick Landers is a singer-songwriter from Virginia with music that embraces many styles, from American and British folk traditions, historical and love ballads, country tunes and more.  He began performing in 2018 and has since played venues in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C., that have included house concerts, festivals and special events. 

Rick is the publisher of Guitar International magazine, where he has interviewed such luminaries as: Les Paul, Jimmy Webb, Slash, Judy Collins, Buddy Guy, Tommy Emmanuel, Cindy Cashdollar, all the members of The Immediate Family (Sklar, Kunkel, Wachtel, Kortchmar & Postell) and many, many more. 

Since he returned to performing after decades, he's been interviewed by media outlets in Virginia (2x), Maryland and Arizona. 

Rick's many influences include musicians we all know, but also lesser known artists, such as Tim Buckley, Nick Drake, Judee Sill, John Martyn, Roy Harper, Jimmie Spheeris and more.

Some of the song titles here don't line up with the song music....so, several are placeholders and we'll be replacing the wrong music with the right music....so, this site is under development!

Thanks for your patience. 

Oh, and if you click on "Lyrics" in the Tracks area, you can view the lyrics while listening to the songs....several songs are in the works.  Rick is adding guitar tabs to his music and his song track title will note where TABS are completed. 

This year, Rick plans on getting back into the studio in order to pull together his debut album of original material.

Thanks for listening!



                        Rick Landers 


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Rick's performance gear is usually limited to a 1946 Gibson J-45 or a 1983 Yamaha L25-AT, an SA330x Fishman sound system with a Shure SM58 microphone, a Fishman Platinum effects pedal and a Boss VE Harmonizer. His other guitars include: 1931 Gibson L-00 (Tuxedo - 12 fretter); 1964 Gibson J-200; 1971 Yamaha FG-300; 1973 LoPrinzi 12-String; Takamine 12-String; 1991 Custom Telecaster with early Barden pickups; 1998 Candelas Custom Jumbo; 1981 Yamaha CJ-838, 1971 Yamaha FG-300, 2014 Appala Grand Symphony, a 1994 McFadden dulcimer and more.

Performance Schedule

Previous events

Reston-Herndon Folk Club - Showcase Artist

Virtual Event (Zoom)

Every Tuesday evening the decades old Reston-Herndon Folk Club hosts and open mic and has begun a new Showcase Artist session where a performer will have time to present an estimated 4-6 songs (15 minutes). The first Showcase will feature Rick Landers.

Frederick Coffee Company & Cafe CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 19

Frederick Coffee Company & Cafe, 100 N East St, Frederick, MD 21701, Frederick, Maryland

Featured Performer this evening - A cool coffee shop in beautiful Frederick, Maryland, and the place was once home to a budding computer shop where my father-in-law offered up his computer skills and supplies back in the 1970s. Picked up this gig Dec. 31st, so a nice way to start the New Year. All proceeds will be donated to Cancer Research....

Holiday Performances - Will play twice - start times are 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm with a break in between - probably to warm my hands!

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Reston Town Center, Promenade - Market Street, Reston, VA

Holiday songs, including one, "This Morning It's Christmas", written by Rick. Photo credit: Reston Community Center at performance area with the ukulele ensemble. Other songs will be, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", "January Hymn", "Christmas for Cowboys" and more!


Rick Landers

Embassy of th Republic of South Africa, Washington, DC

In honor of Nelson Mandela the Ambassador is hosting a private Embassy event with many guests arriving in traditional African garb, and has invited me to perform a short set-list that includes my song about Nelson Mandela, "No Holiday for Madiba".



Vocals:  "If I'd Given My Heart to You' - Michael Lusk - Bass guitar and backup vocalist for Loretta Lynn. 

Vocals: "Open Up" (Studio) - Rick Landers (Lead Vocalist); Matt Griffith (Back Up Vocalist)

Producer: "If I'd Given My Heart to You" - Stacy Hogan (A Writer's Paradise Studio, Nashville, TN)

Producer: "Open Up" (Studio) - Stacy Hogan (A Writer's Paradise Studio, Nashville, TN); Marco Delmar (Recording Arts, Arlington, VA)

Photos by: Mike Davis (Top of PAGE and others); Peggy Landers, Terry Landers and Ron Goad - Thank you! 

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