Rick Shea


"An incredible and intelligent musician and songwriter with an angelic voice that I`d kill for" - Dave Alvin Rick Shea cut his teeth in the bars and honky-tonks of San Bernardino where he grew up. He`s since gone on to build a solid career for himself as a solo artist, singer, guitarist and songwriter. Shea is equally at home with an acoustic guitar and a set of ballads and stories, or with his worn old Telecaster burning through a set of his own songs and a few honky-tonk standards. With nine critically acclaimed albums he’s performed all over Southern California, the West Coast and across the country and in Europe. "Shea is to interior California what Joe Ely is to west Texas: his music evokes deep Kern, San Bernardino and Riverside counties the way Ely nailed down Laredo - two pinches of old Mexico, a blast of exhaust from the bossman`s new Suburban and a baseline of working-stiff desperation." **** four stars - Jackson Griffith Shea’s storytelling, songwriting and performing skills place him in the tradition alongside the finest California roots singer-songwriters of the last 40 years including Dave Alvin, Tom Russell and John Stewart." - Terry Roland, No Depression "a hauntingly nostalgic vocalist, imperative guitarist and literate, detail rich songwriter, do yourself a favor" - Sing Out Click For Recent Press Quotes Video Links: Mexicali Train http://youtu.be/LSTXfoAoLwc Que Mas Quieres? Live at Slims SF https://youtu.be/ZWTt0BZP95M Mariachi Hotel https://youtu.be/RGsAdNpRpjI Nelly Bly - Live at McCabes https://youtu.be/Gtfn4o6SN0U Sweet Bernardine https://youtu.be/VCnA7AirBok Link to my YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/rickshea Some Past Shows: Canmore Folk Festival Strawberry Festival Tucson Folk Festival Sisters Folk Festival Kate Wolf Festival Claremont Folk Festival Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival - Tullamore Ireland Maverick Festival - Suffolk, England McCabes - Santa Monica The Freight and Salvage - Berkeley The Palms - Winters Kuumbwa - Santa Cruz Palookaville - Santa Cruz The Living Tradition - Anaheim Sings Like Hell Concert Series Bow Valley Folk Club - Calgary Full Moon Folk Club - Edmonton Acoustic Music San Diego The Tractor Tavern - Seattle Mississippi Studios - Portland The Iota - D.C. Fitzgeralds - Chicago Slim`s - San Francisco The Belly Up - San Diego Mucky Duck - Houston The Bugle Boy - La Grange Tx Paradiso - Amsterdam Honolulu Academy of Arts - Honolulu Roots on the Rails Whelans - Dublin IE Dolans - Limerick IE