About Me (For what it's worth)
I was born in Michigan and now live in Virginia. I taught myself guitar when I was 13 years old and now write songs and perform them. I've published a free on-line site, Guitar International Magazine since 2004 and been fortunate to have interviewed many music legends, music industry leaders, and others with talent.
My songs are a mixed bag:
- "1913 Stage Canon No. 2" - a song about two coal mining disasters (1913 and 1923), and a video requesting donations to a miners' legal defense fund..
- "I Feel the Rain" - a song about the death of a child - all proceeds to support victims a the Robb Elementary school , Texas. The song is about the loss of a child.
- "Appalachian Hollow" - a song about poor and disenfranchised women - all proceeds to support the World Food Program USA for Somalia.
There will be maybe two more to support charities, one for dementia and a Nelson Mandela children's fund, but I want to improve the songs a bit more....
Some of my most favorite times are when I'm sitting with a guitar, writing a song, and some melody or riff shows up, certain words or phrases surface and these things come together to create a song that I personally find satisfying in some fashion.
I hope you enjoy my music. You will find that my songs are a mixed bag of styles and topics.
On August 16, 2021, I was honored to front and debut with a fine group of award winning musicians to add some great accompaniment. They are: Ron Goad (percussion), Jim Nagle (dobro/guitar), and John Werntz (stand up bass). They are known as "Heartland." And, others may join in to support us, most notably, Bill Bowman (bass) and Peter Grattan (harp, keys, percussion).
My band and/or I are available for listening rooms, house concerts, farmers markets, venues near and far, festivals, and charitable events where we may be able to alleviate someone's loneliness or suffering by supporting good causes or, in need situations.
I'll soon be working with Les Thompson, a co-founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Jackson Browne, in his Cabin Studios, to lay down tracks for my debut album. Les and I have agreed to write some songs together, and we've begun. You may know "Mr. Bojangles" and "May the. Circle be Unbroken" by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band....
In September (3rd-4th), I'll perform solo near Raton, New Mexico, to honor nearly 400 coal miners who passed away in 1913 and 1923. My song,, "1913 Stag Canon No. 2" was written to help memorialize their work and their lives. Some of those who died in 1923, were the sons of some who passed away tragically in 1913. I was invited to perform on Sept. 3 and 4 to descendants of those lost.
On Friday (11/12/21)) in the early morning, I grabbed my recently acquired 1950 Gibson CF-100 ("Joy" named after Joy Lundy who was gifted the guitar in 1949 by her father, Everett (Fiddling Buck" Lundy.) and "we" wrote a new traditional roots song called, "She's Working Overtime." It is one of my favorites.
New scratch track - "She's Better Than Me"
Thanks for listening!
My performance gear is usually limited to a 1946 Gibson J-45 or a 2001 Larrivee OM-9K (Koa), an SA330x Fishman sound system with a Shure SM58 microphone, a Roland Cube EX amp, a Fishman Platinum effects pedal and a Boss VE-8 Harmonizer. My other guitars include: a 1931 Gibson L-00 (Tuxedo - 12 fretter); a 1964 Gibson J-200; a 2001 Larrivee OM-09 Koa, a 1950 Gibson CF-100, a 1976 Martin D-35, a 1973 LoPrinzi 12-String; a 1993 Yamaha LA-28e Special Edition/Japan Custom Shop); a 1991 Custom Telecaster with early Joe Barden pickups; a 1981 Yamaha CJ-838,, a custom made 2014 Appala Grand Symphony, a Gruene OG-30 (Serial Number 1), a 1994 McFadden dulcimer and I recently purchased a high D penny whistle handmade by American bagpipe maker, Seth Hamon. Amps: Peavey 2-12 Chorus,, and a powerful battery-powered little Mini-Vox (2-5"). a Roland Cube EX amp, I also recently purchased an early 1950s Favilla baritone ukelele and another from the 1970s. Oh, and I picked up a 1939 Kalamazoo mandolin and a concertina.
2022 Performance Schedule
The opening day at Earp's Ordinary with several days of singer-songwriters pulled together by the Songwriters' Association of Washington (SAW). Rick Landers and dobro player, Jim Nagle, will perform a short set of original songs. Great venue, wonderful food and a great selection of beverages and a terrific staff!
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Rick will perform his song, "1913 Stag Canon #2" about two mining disasters at the Dawson Company Mines in 1913 and 1923 that resulted in nearly 400 deaths. The cemetery remains, however, Dawson is now a ghost town. The cemetery markers were originally painted black, like the coal the miners mined. And some of those who died in 1923 were sons of men who died in the 1913 disaster. The song is a tribute to the men who perished and to those who were part of the rescue teams who arrived from as far away as Pennsylvania. On the evening of Sept. 3, he'll play a set of songs in Raton to members of the VFW Hall and the following day, he'll play a full set or two of songs to the descendants of those who passed away in 1913 and 1923, about 500 folks who gather every two years to pay tribute to their loved ones.
Original songs by Rick Landers with Heartland at Reston's Lake Anne Farmers Market....fresh produce, ice cream, and more on the very popular lake with restaurants, a book store, and much more - boat rentals too! Rick and his band, Heartland, will join him with Ron Goad (percussion); Jim Nagle (dobro) and Bill Bowman (bass), for a couple of hours of original songs.
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Rick will perform with John Werntz (bass), Ron Goad (percussion) and Jim Nagle (Dobro/Guitar/Weissenborn). Thorpewood is an event retreat on 155 wooded acres near the presidential retreat that was originally called, Shangri-la, but was later named, Camp David.
Vocals: "If I'd Given My Heart to You' - Back up vocalist - 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: Marco Delmar (Recording Arts, Arlington, VA)
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, Ron Goad, and Sherry Stewart, Andy Markley - All other photos are (c) Rick Landers 2021 - Thank you!