ABOUT RICK LANDERS

Singer-songwriter, Rick Landers, writes songs of the American heartland and the spirit of our national heritage.  His songs speak to us about the poor and disenfranchised, immigrants and refugees, love, romance and loss, errant rascals and desperadoes.

"Impressed that this is your first country song. In my opinion this is a strong first step down a red dirt country road. Good luck in your musical journey. " Robert Dellaposta (A&R Banner  Records) - "If I'd Given My Heart to You" 

"First-rate! Really good stuff, Rick. Terrific voice and lyrics; great song-form; wonderful instrumental arrangement and performances. A pleasure to listen to." - Lee Underwood (Tim Buckley) - "Open Up"

"Rick Landers is an instrumental virtuoso and his music is destined to be in movie and television, as well as commercials and advertising. His melodies are catchy and memorable." - Robert Dellaposta (A&R Banner Records) - "Open Up"

Whether he writes tenderly about a young poor woman from Appalachia ("Appalachian Hollow"), the plight and rise of Nelson Mandela ("No Holiday for Madiba"), a road trip to visit the more shadowed enclaves of America ("Bang, Bang, Bang"), or a run from the law driving from L.A. to the Mexican Border and back ("Car Man"), Landers delivers and takes us to places we rarely, if ever, experience.

"Drive along the roads of America, whether you're rolling along in the Rust Belt, the Deep South, the heart of Appalachia or the meanest streets of New York City, you'll find rows and rows of small shops that are reflections of the American Dream. Even in the most difficult of circumstances, we dream of a better life. I suppose we're mostly optimists at heart," says Landers.

There's a charm to his music,  sometimes a wink and a nod, and always a warm invitation for us to come along for the ride. He is available for house concerts, festivals, fairs and other venues in the Washington, D.C. area and beyond. Rick is working on his debut album with multi-award winning producer, Stacy Hogan (Nashville), and Marco Delmar (13 Washington Area Music Awards - "Best Producer"), owner of Recording Arts in Arlington, VA. 

He has performed at Columbia Station (D.C.), Reston, Virginia's 2019 Founders Day Festival, The 38th Annual Herndon Virginia Festival (2019), ArtSpace Herndon (Featured artist),  the Karim Maggio Fundraising Event (Featured Artist), Cafe Montmartre (Showcase Artist).

Most recently, Rick was the Entertainment Director, emcee and a performer at the Northern Virginia Parks 45th Anniversary W&OD Trail Family Fun Festival and later performed at the Republic of South Africa embassy, Washington, D.C., celebrating the country's National Heritage Day where he sang his original song,  "No Holiday for Madiba".  This past December 2019, he played four performances of holiday music at Reston Virginia's Town Center (RTC).  

Rick and friends have hosted Blue Melody Sessions, a series of house concerts that have included such artists as: RUTT, Siobhan O'Brien, Craig Bickhardt, Tim Grimm & Jackson Grimm, Dan Boling,  Roy Schneider and Kim Mayfield (The Restless Saints), Hiroya Tsakamoto, Claude Bourbon, Bryan Cahall, Lindsey Hirshfeld, Karen Jonas, Greg Howard (Chapman Stick), Johnny Farina (Santo & Johnny! - #1 hit "Sleep Walk"), and many more. 

Rick has also co-authored, "Press Releases for the Working Musician" with Dr. Matt Warnock, and published several e-books, including, "The Language of the Blues", " The Story of Free and Bad Company", and his own on-line magazine, Guitar International.  He has interviewed such notable music legends as: Les Paul, Slash, Jimmy Webb, Scotty Moore, Judy Collins, Eric Burden, Arlo Guthrie, Roger McGuinn,  Robert Cray, Anthony Gourdine (Little Anthony), Cindy Cashdollar, Eric Johnson, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, Carmine Appice, Corky Laing, Randy Bachman, Leslie West, Don Felder and more. 

For 2020, Rick will be focusing on songwriting, recording and studying music theory. He's also working on a children's book series, "The Adventures of Digit and Tess" with illustrator, John Monger, MFA. And his magazine, Guitar International will turn fifteen years old this year! 

 On March 24, 2020, Rick Launched Six Strings of Separation (SSS) to promote safe music venues and performances, and to support musicians impacted by COVID-19. Professional support was provided by Steve Pendlebury and Ron Goad, and a stunning performance by New Irish Soul singer, Siobhan O'Brien. Due to health concerns associated with COVID-19, Rick, Steve and Ron moved the SSS concept to video, working with musicians virtually to promote them and to seek 100% of any donations deposited directly to the performers' PayPal accounts, other in need musicians accounts or designated charities, at the discretion of the featured artists. Rick, Steve and Ron are donating their time, effort and expertise to support their fellow musicians. 

 

                        Rick Landers 

GEAR

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: 1926 Gibson L-0; 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.

2020 Performance Schedule

Previous events

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!

Sep24

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".

Sep7

W&OD Trail 45th Anniversary Family Fun Festival

4H Club Fair Grounds, 17558 Dry Mill Road, Leesburg, Virginia

Rick will serve as the MC for the day's performances and the Entertainment Director, as well as offer up some songs of his own throughout the day. Artists: Yasmin Williams; Siobhan O'Brien; Lindsey Hirshfeld; Marty & Stuart; Rick Landers!

CREDITS

Credits: 

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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