Nine Questions with Rick Brindell


Name: Rick Brindell

Musical past and present in one rambling run-on sentence: Well I started playing guitar in the 60s as a kid; changed to bass guitar in the 70s when my brothers wanted to start a band and we could not find a bass player; played bass for 30 years or so and at 50 years old went back to playing guitar; took lessons from Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna; learned finger-style guitar; started writing songs and had them mastered in Nashville; got radio play and here we are….whew!

Birthplace: New York

Currently residing: Bay Shore NY


1. Who are some of your favourite composers, musicians and bands from the past and present? Frank Zappa; Hot Tuna; The Kinks; Beatles; Stones; Who; Creedence; Grateful Dead; Johnny Winter; Eric Clapton; Traffic; Monkees; Steppenwolf; Allman Brothers; Ten Years After; Billy Cobham; Jean Luc Ponty; George Duke; Jefferson Airplane; Standells; Electric Prunes;

2. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

I always choke up when I hear a nostalgic song that reminds me of good times from my childhood like John Fogerty’s “I Saw it on TV”

3. How would you describe your perfect day? Spending it with my best buddy, my two-year old grandson Jackson. He is so cool and so much fun. Keeps me young.

4. What would your friends say they appreciate the most about you?

My sense of humor, of course they would also say I never shut up!

5. What is your most valued material possession?

All my guitars but especially my Taylor 814CE

6. Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?

Any of the Victoria Secret lingerie models….

7. If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now, where would that place be?

On a stage playing music for the masses. If it were in Nashville that would make it even better.

8. Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?

Go back to Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch; take more lessons from him and play on stage with him.

9. Where would you like to find yourself in ten years? Retired from Insurance and making music my full-time gig. Actually 5 years would be better.

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