““Rough-and-tumble roots music in the vein of Chuck Berry, John Hiatt or Willie Dixon, Rick Rourke and Lost Wages crank it out.” ”
“Rick Rourke has the soul of a grizzled poet. Rourke’s as straightforward as they come, his music is honest and passionate with sparks of quick humor and human drama."”
"Caffè Lena brings to Saratoga world-class songwriters from all over the US and Europe. Once in a while we find an artist of that caliber right in our own back yard. Rick Rourke and Lost Wages is a perfect example."
“As the closer to the triple-bill, Rick Rourke fronted his band Lost Wages, pointing out to the crowd that he and his group would have been just as proud to have been the opener, rather than the headliner. It isn’t about star-power or popularity when it comes to Rourke; it’s all about the music. Whether co-fronting the Bluz House Rockers, the Out Of Control Rhythm & Blues Band or his own outfit, Rourke is a superbly soulful vocalist, a great guitarist and an intuitive R&B saxophonist-harpist. With the aid of former Lonnie Brooks guitarist Larry Clyman, bassist Lucas Ruedy and drummer Doug Kline, Rourke and company brought the house down with their dynamic, high-energy songs.”
"4 out of 5 stars,Three Sides To Every Story is a compelling listen.Three Sides To Every Story is not a blues album in the strict sense,but Rourke certainly brings plenty of blues feeling to the table.Rourke's focus is roots rock and Americana with blues and soul elements,and many of his songs recall the rootsier side of FM rock as it existed in the 1960's and 1970's.The direct or indirect influences on his 2013 release include,among others,Eric Clapton,Van Morrison,JJ Cale,Neil Young and Bob Dylan." Alex Henderson's work has appeared in Billboard,Spin,Creem,Jazz Times and Cash Box
“Rick is from Troy, NY, but I kept thinking of Texas when I listened this album. Not the Bob Wills or Stevie Ray brand of Texas music, but that particular blend of soul and songwriting chops that distinguishes artists like Delbert McClinton and Joe Ely. Songs that you could sing in a coffeehouse but that might be more at home in a honky tonk. Rick writes about soldiers, working men, street musicians and thieves. He hasn't read about these people. He knows these people.”