Livin' Day To Day https://www.thesoundswontstop.com/rick-drevet-livin-day-to-day
A Rock Power Ballad From Rick Drevet Hits The Sweet Spot
Out of all the singles Rick Drevet drops, you sort of always want to hear a power ballad of sorts.
You want that true grit southern rock style to burst out into a slower, ballad style track that still keeps to that real deal classic rock Rick Drevet feel and swagger.
Well, it's finally here and it's exactly what we expected from this veteran rocker.
Drevet pulls out another outstanding and impactful rock single to add to his arsenal with the help of songwriter Mark Pappalardo, and it's incredibly relatable and features some killer changes to go along with that passionate vocal performance.
You can hear acoustic guitars, organs, pianos, and more just creating a whole new atmosphere and painting an intense picture of life and what it may bring day to day.
"Livin' Day to Day" is the title of this release and it really does make you feel like you want to talk to the artist himself just to say "hey man, you get it".
Because he does get it and he can take that and swirl it into song like no other.
Drevet has elements of country and Americana but it's really all southern classic rock with twang and guts.
The chorus is thick with keys and string sections that feel warming as the artist belts out.
Drevet really has a way of taking topics that we all want to talk about but never really do, and just shouting them out into the air with no hesitation. That's why these songs can be so powerful.
Come live day to day with Rick and Friends.
DON'T LOOK THERE: https://www.indie-spoonful.com/post/rick-drevet-don-t-look-there
Rick Drevet & Mark Pappalardo - "Don't Look There"
Reviewed by Aaron Cloutier
"Rick And Friends," a collaboration between guitarist/songwriter Rick Drevet and drummer Mark Pappalardo serve up a heaping slab of rock on "Don't Look There." A chest-pounding anthem infused with a southern swagger mixed with the hi-energy style of 80's arena rock the likes of Bon Jovi or even Def Leppard. The production style especially brings to mind the aforementioned bands as the mix is very sleek and doesn't skimp on those time-based effects that gave those classic records of the era their signature sound. It's even got that Mutt Lang cannon shot snare drum sound. 80's baby!
The music itself is ambitious and commanding but remains very accessible throughout. Amidst the driving rhythms, soaring vocals, and guitar pyrotechnics, there are some lean songwriting chops on display. Drevet cuts to the chase and gets to the carefully crafted hooks without beating around the bush. From a songwriting standpoint, there is zero fat on this track. Drevet plays with a tremendous amount of feeling as he weaves through crunchy, chorus-soaked rhythms and epic soaring leads. Pappalardo's drum work keeps things intricate and exciting without ever overpowering things. He plays with mindfulness of serving the song at all times while taking opportunities here and there for a tasty fill or intricate ride cymbal work.
Outside the core collaboration of Drevet and Pappalardo, "Rick and Friends" features a host of musicians, including singer Rusty Wright whose warm, rich tone and soulful vibrato is a stark contrast to the sandpaper rasp of a Def Leppard or a Bon Jovi influence. A refreshing twist. The song features his full-throated delivery to significant effect and packs on some tasty harmonies to boot.
In all of his songs, Drevet takes inspiration from real-life experience, and "Don't Look There" is no exception. It draws from the pain of the loss of his friend to suicide at the hands of addiction, and the message is clear in lyrics such as.
"Life comes at you. Ready or not. All you can do is give it, give it, give it all that you've got."
Meaning that no matter how tough today is, tomorrow is on its way. So just hold on.
For those of you who dig on a fist-pumping anthem-style rock with poignant lyrics played with feeling, Rick and Friends might just be what you're looking for.
DON"T LOOK THERE - https://www.thesoundswontstop.com/rick-and-friends-dont-look-there
SWEET JACKIE - https://www.indie-vibe.com/post/rick-and-friends-sweet-jackie
Rick and Friends- 'Sweet Jackie
Review by Patrick Joseph & Staff
“Sweet Jackie” has a classic southern-rock feel and a fresh energy. This music is powerful and complex while still sounding relaxed and joyous. Confident vocals from Rusty Wright drive this song forward while highly intricate instrumental playing creates a beautiful musical nest in which the song can thrive. Harmonized guitar melodies and a precise rhythm section give this song extra vitamins.
Lyrically, “Sweet Jackie” is a pure and true love song.
“Dancing in the arms of love , You're the one I'm dreaming of, Sweet Jackie.”
The earnest delivery gives these lyrics an intoxicating quality.
“Shadows of the twilights dawn, Caress the beauty of your song, Passions harbor set ablaze, Answered all my yesterdays.”
The clear, singular lyrical message is enhanced by the directness and conviction of the music.
The arrangement of “Sweet Jackie” demonstrates wisdom and a reverence for the greats of the past. Chords are chosen perfectly to build the song from verse to pre-chorus to hook. The insistence and stability of the rhythm section allows this song to travel wherever it wants to go. Virtuosic and expressive guitar playing is couched perfectly in a groove that doesn’t quit. The vocal performance is engaging and hypnotizing. “Sweet Jackie” is a beautiful song with character and grit.
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Rick and Friends
After years of playing in bands, cover and original, Rick decided to write his own music. He has been lucky to play with some very talented musicians who have contributed their talent to create Rick and Friends' songs.
Each song you hear is drawn from real life experience. I strive to bring the raw and honest story through the passion for music and the emotion of the lyric.
COLD STEEL BLUES - https://www.pleasepasstheindie.com/post/scarlet-bridge-cold-steel-blues
Rick & Friends Lay Down the Gauntlet with "Cold Steel Blues"
There are songs about love, songs about loss, songs about partying, songs about pain, political songs, celebratory songs, romantic songs, and songs that live long in the memory after you first hear them. "Cold Steel Blues" by Rick Drevet definitely falls into the latter category.
"Cold Steel Blues" sucks you in within the first 30 seconds and has all the elements of a classic rock groove: infectious energy, dirty guitars, a rumbling bass (Bill Adams), a relentless and hypnotic beat, standout riffs, soaring solos, catchy chorus, and a vocal performance soaked in whiskey and a lifetime of hard living and morning-after regret (James Stone). However, it’s the song’s theme and lyrics that take the track into realms not often tackled by rock n’ rollers in the modern age.
“The song is based on a true and tragic story,” reveals its writer, producer, and guitarist Rick Drevet. “It’s about a senseless drive-by shooting of a 15-year-old girl that happened in St. Louis. She was hit by a stray bullet and when I saw that on the news, it struck a chord with me.”
Drevet adds, “An innocent teenager was caught in the crossfire of someone else’s stupid feud and paid for it with her life. As usual in such circumstances, there was no real accountability. Everyone was too busy dodging the blame and saving their own skin that they forget a teenager, who should be having fun, listening to music, partying with her friends, and living her life, can do none of those things anymore because she was taken from us."
Drevet explains, “'Cold Steel Blues' is my small way of honoring her memory and at the same time condemning the cowardly nature of those responsible and those in society who allow them to escape justice. There’s a line in the song that goes, ‘Cold steel blues, evil hands that you excuse,’ that I feel poignantly sums things up.”
Not afraid to tackle the big issues, Drevet and Friends are lifelong musicians who also have the chops to back up the lyric. With James Stone on vocal, Bill Adams on bass, and Rick Drevet on guitar, this is definitely a group with dynamic and engaging chemistry, where every member brings something different and new to the table.
diverse personalities, but their common ground is the music.
Judging on the strength of their single "Cold Steel Blues" and the promise of even better to come, Scarlet Bridge is a name that could soon be extremely familiar to rock fans everywhere.
FOREVER HOME - https://www.pleasepasstheindie.com/post/scarlet-bridge-cold-steel-blues