Rick Shea cut his teeth in the bars and honky-tonks of San Bernardino, California and his songs reflect the folk, country, rock and Mexican influences he grew up with there. The Town Where I Live, Rick’s latest album, emerges from that world of haunts, hard choices and dusty rock & roll.
From the rollicking fare thee well of ‘Goodbye Alberta’, the hard country twang of ‘The Starkville Blues’, the gospel touch of ‘Trouble Like This’ and the guitar driven burn of ‘(You’re Gonna Miss Me) When I’m Gone’, it’s an album of lost roads, lost dreams and long rambling goodbyes.
Shea says he comes from the Dave Alvin school of folk music, a school that includes Woody Guthrie, Howlin’ Wolf, Curtis Mayfield and Chuck Berry to name just a few. “Songs tell our stories and our history and songs were how those stories were shared in the past, I’d like to continue that tradition.”
As a solo artist he’s recorded 10 critically acclaimed albums and has toured the US and Europe.
Rick’s also played as a guitarist with Dave Alvin, Wanda Jackson and a lot of other folks and he keeps a busy schedule of recording and performing.
RICK SHEA · IRELAND & UK SOLO TOUR · MAY-JUNE 2019
Sat 18 Castlecoote, Co. Roscommon PJ’s Pub
Mon 20 Dungarvan, Co. Waterford Merry’s Bar double bill w/ Jim Hurst
Tue 21 Clonmel, Co. Tipperary Clonmel Folk Club, The Coachman double bill w/ Jim Hurst
Thu 23 Belfast The American Bar
Fri 24 Dublin Workmans Club
Sat 25 Dublin House Concert
Wed 29 Southport House Concert – Grateful Fred’s Roots & Acoustic Nights
Thu 30 Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire The Trades Club
Sat 1 Smethwick, West Midlands Thimblemill Library
Sun 2 Leicester The Musician
Thu 6 Barry, South Wales Root’s n’ All at The Butterfly Collector
Sat 8 Cardiff Boomswinger Bluegrass Club at The Mackintosh Institute