“A dose of the blues that helps you figure out how to relax.”
After making his way to Chicago from North Carolina, Ric Harris caught Joe Diorio at the Jazz Showcase and moved to Los Angeles to attend the Musicians Institute. Ric returned to Chicago and formed his own jazz group, appearing in the area until 1991, at which time he retired to raise his children. Ric has returned to the music scene with a new approach, inspired by artists such as Gary Moore, Dickey Betts, and Coco Montoya.
With the addition of slide guitar to his arsenal, Ric used the jam sessions at Rosa’s and Buddy Guy’s Legends to redevelop his playing and found the work of current artists, such as Mark May, Tab Benoit, and Matt Schofield, to be more compelling since they combined tradition with a more accomplished approach to the blues. The jam sessions also led Ric to merge the solos with the melodies and arrangements, making it part of the overall song, not the focus.
Ric has taken on other roles in addition to that of lead vocalist during the creation of his CD, Open For Business, that is scheduled for release on Friday, January 18, 2019. Not only did Ric write all of the songs on the CD, he was also responsible for the arrangements and the production of the project. Enjoy what you hear and let him know what you think.