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Raised on a small farm in Idaho, Rick Millward lived and worked on the West Coast until he moved to Nashville in 2000. He played in groups all through school, studied art in college and afterwards more or less lived in parallel, alternating between jobs with ad agencies and working in bands. In San Francisco, he joined The Overland Freight Band. This was the first group that had ambitions beyond doing covers in beer joints and was the first opportunity for him to be in a group that regularly performed original material. Following that he left to “go solo” and put his own band together and subsequently played around the Bay Area, as well as working as a recording engineer. Since moving to Nashville Rick has continued to freelance in media production, which afforded him an opportunity to write two original soundtracks for the local PBS station, both of which earned EMMY nominations.
Now, he’s developed a personal style that reflects a lifetime of influences; rock, country, and Americana, with songs that are unaffected and straightforward. This music is extremely personal, but not painfully so. Rick finds a common thread that connects the ideas to his listeners with maturity and an urgency that stirs the soul.