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Rik Ferrell

- US Centreville, MD Americana / Tropical Cocktail Music / Countr...

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Sounds Like: John Hiatt, Todd Snider, The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Grant-Lee Phillips

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Manager: Todd Desmarais--Brightside Live Entertainment Mgmt

Bio: Well, hell...I've been fronting this deranged country blues band called the Roadhouse Clams for the past several years now, playing my Telecaster like a drunk choirboy from Boston to the Caribbean, belting out meaninglessly dangerous lyrics, and generally making a lot of noise for my own benefit.... See Full Bio

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Playing Kegs & Corks today, AND I've got a designated driver. All is well.

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Ode to Elitist Artists
Jul 22, 2012
Oh, praise the elitist artist! Praise their superior talent that allows him to ... [more]
solo style
Jul 5, 2012
Finally got around to making a page for my solo shiznitt. The Roadhouse Clams ta... [more]
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  • Pace Ride (Artist) Pace Ride
    Superb!!! Very much enjoyed the tunes!!!
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  • Song Plays 57

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Q: Your songwriting has a lot of influence and grit to in. I can totally hear you in there. How do you know when you have writtin a good song?
A: Damn, that's a really good question. Truth is, sometimes you DON'T know. I've written plenty of things that I've dug the moment it came out of the guitar, and then tossed it away somewhere down the road. Sometimes they just don't hold up. For me, I just sorta let the process happen. I write pretty organically, and mainly accidentally. Sometimes I hear an idea in my head and rush for the nearest guitar or piano. Sometimes I pick up my acoustic, and a great song immediately falls right out of the sound hole in five minutes flat, complete and ready to go. Sometimes someone will say something in passing, and the phrase hits me as a strong lyrical idea (even though I prefer to write music before words). Hell, I wrote "Road to Rum Point" literally sitting in the front passenger seat of our tiny econobox rental, guitar head sticking out the window, crossing Grand Cayman on the way to my Wreck Bar/Rum Point gig that day. The music came together, and I started to half-sing about what we were seeing along the way. It wasn't planned, it just happened. But every time I've sat down with a plan and said "I'm going to write a song right now", I've ended up pounding sand for an hour and producing nothing. I can't force it. That's what I mean about writing accidentally--the song needs to find ME, not vice versa. When I come up with a riff or chord progression that I like, I pull out my iPhone and record it as a voice memo to save the idea. Then I listen to it that night, or the next day, and see if it still inspires me. If it does, I get cracking on lyrics. When I write a complete song, words and lyrics, and I can't stop playing it both on guitar and in my head because I want to hear it over and over again, I know I'm onto something. But I never really KNOW it gets a passing grade until I play it for an audience and it gets a positive reaction. thanks for the question and the kind words. -Rik

Asked by anonymous. Answered on Sat Aug 25 2012

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