Rick Lillemon / Bio

And... there are a lot more songs where those came from.

Performing together in several different line-ups, guitarist/vocalist Rick Lillemon, bassist/vocalist David Nordstrom and drummer/vocalist Chris Rieser decided to utilize their talents together in their own band. Out of the gate; THE NERVE landed the house job at Spokane downtown nightclub TRICK SHOT DIXIE in 2007. Several regional festivals, including “Pig Out in the Park” and the “Sandpoint Music Festival” followed suite by requesting performances from the trio.

After years on the road, opening for most every pop/rock act between the East Coast and the Pacific Northwest, Rick Lillemon settled in the Seattle area to become a backing musician for commercial recording ventures, then on to Spokane where he later became the guitarist for the house bands at The Stockyards, Pepperdine Sports Bar and Trick Shot Dixie’s.

Dave Nordstrom has been a staple of Northwest musical history for the past 40 years. His collaborations are so extremely vast that to mention them, would take too much time to read. Just a few of those are; Too Slim and the Taildraggers, writing a European hit, music festivals spanning the world, Bo Diddley, Brian Setzer, Jonny Lang, Johnny & Edgar Winters, Jeff Healey, Heart, Steppenwolf…the list goes on. David is also a “Hall of Fame” member of the IEB Blues Society.

Chris Rieser has been working professionally since 1969. This Muscle Shoals, Alabama native brings with him a long list of talents. The 70's were filled with a variety of musical experiences during which time he was involved in the demo sessions for one of Motown’s most famous acts, The Temptations. Those sessions resulted in “Standing on Shaky Ground”. Later on, sessions at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios; Rick Hall’s FAME Recording Studios, the Motown Muscle Shoals Division- Wishbone Recording Studios, Bruce (“One Tin Soldier”) Innes Productions and Warner Brothers Nashville lead to performing commercial jingle work for Budweiser, Wrigley's, Fox Television, Ice Capades, Zip Trip, Regis and Kathy Lee, Candid Camera, Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, PBS and the CBS national television theme “The Address is CBS, Welcome Home ” with Grammy nominated CMT artist Neal McCoy.
Most recently, you can find his voice or drumming talent on the theme songs for the Coeur d’Alene Casino, the Dallas Cowboys Promotional song & video, the Country Music Awards Show (The CMA’s) on CBS and The Academy Awards Show (The Oscars) Year 2000.
From 1993 through 2010 he has had several successful local acts including Cavanaugh’s River Inn’s house bands “Loose Endz” and “Little Voice”. His acoustic act performs steadily at the Davenport Hotel’s Peacock Room Lounge and performs each week as the house band for Red Lion Templin’s Hotel & Resort, Red Lion Inn at the Park and The River Inn. Most recently, he has been invited to join a lecture series at Frost School of Music at University of Miami school of Music Business.

Rick Lillemon is an intense guitarist and a passionate vocalist with a knack for clever songwriting and high quality productions. An exciting entertainer, Rick has been known to play guitar with his teeth, behind his head or with a shoe. Singing since he could talk and playing guitar from age 8, Rick was raised on his Dad's polkas and his big sisters' pop 45's. He started his first band in Jr. High and has since played all over the Northwest and written, produced and recorded a treasure trove of catchy tunes with clever lyrics. Check out his latest album, Rick's Big Plan .

Clifford Lillemon (1927-2010), my Dad passed away (2/27/10). Cliff played accordian in dance bands around Minnesota, Washington and Montana - most notably Cliff's Rhythmaires in Great Falls w/ Donny Johnson on sax and his dad Mickey Johnson on drums. Painless Goodbye was one of Cliff's only "real" recording sessions and features Spokane legend Dean Simmons on steel guitar,Dean's son Pat Simmons - drums, Don Larson - bass, and me singing and strumming. Recorded by Don's brother Chris Larson. That's me, about age 15, playing boomy bass on the Waltz and Trumpet on Saints. - My dad was beloved by all who knew him. His toe-tapping polkas, waltzes, schottices and old country standards will forever influence my music.

General Info

Band Members
THE NERVE - Rick Lillemon -guitar ,vocals, Dave Nordstrom -bass,vocals, Chris Rieser -drums, vocals
Artist Name
Rick Lillemon
Profile Page
Rock / Alternative Rock / Classic Rock

Contact Info

Spokane, WA