Story of the Blues began as a project with Rickey’s good friend, Dennis “Willie D” Williams. It was to be a tribute to Gary Moore, a musician they both admired and respected and who was gone too soon. Sadly, Dennis was only able to complete one song, the title track, before he followed Gary to an undeserved and early grave. Rickey spent several years finishing up the tracks while working on other projects and is excited to present this collection of contemporary blues tunes with a distinctive guitar sound giving a nod to Gary as well as one to Eddie Van Halen.
About Rickey D Hayes:
Although Rickey D is Rick’s given name, most of his music history can be found under Rick Hayes. That history began at a very early age learning guitar from his father and older brother instilling in him a love of music. Rick has played professionally from the age of 14 performing on a variety of instruments including acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, and drums and in a myriad of genres including rock, bluegrass, metal, Americana and blues. His career has included a personal highlight for Rick of playing on the Grand Ole Opry.
In addition to playing out, Rick runs a commercial recording studio, HayesProductions.com, on the East side of Cincinnati (where Story of the Blues was recorded) and is a luthier of boutique acoustic and electric guitars and mandolins played by many world-renowned musicians.
Rickey D. Hayes - guitar, bass, drums, vocals
Dennis "Willie D" Williams - vocals on Story of the Blues
Lizzie Swann - vocals
Bob Kennedy - keyboards
Mike Johnson & the Cincinnati Horn Boys - horns
Specific credits for each song can be found on the song's info tab.