Rick Hornyak, while on a tour to our neighboring state of Wisconsin, stopped by the studios of “Live From Studio 5!" and boy, are we glad he did! Originating in Pennsylvania, and now transplanted to Austin, Texas, Rick began as many do and grabbed a job out of high school. However, the factory grind took a toll on his dream and creativity. Then one day he just resigned and launched into music. Their loss is our gain. His sound could be described as melding styles that include folk, country, blues, and rock, reminiscent of The Marshal Tucker Band and others.
As the lead man of his musical journey he has worked with many fine and tenured musicians.
His new album “Marigold” was recorded with legendary Austin GRAMMY award-winning musicians such as Cindy Cashdollar, Lloyd Maines, Casper Rawls, and band members of Robert Earl Keen and Asleep At The Wheel, who by the way, I discovered eons ago and love those guys. I hope they come this way and we can get them on the show. (hint hint.)
On his current tour, he is playing with Matt Brooks Erick Reetman Danny Reese, known as The Sweet Clover Band.
In studio, it was a joy to hear these guys play, especially after finding out their lead guitar had recently had double surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, you'd would never know it.
My toes were tapping, and Doug and MJ were impressed as well. Unfortunately the night went far too fast.
Austin, Texas used to be great for new and emerging artists, with Austin City Limits, giving them a national stage.
I think the show has forgotten its roots as a showcase for local musicians, but that's just my opinion.
So check out Rick Hornyak, and The Sweet Clover band, grab the new CD “Marigold," fan em on Facebook, Reverbnation, and talk to your favorite venue, so we can get them back here soon.
The more people that root for Rick, the better chance we have of getting him back for several shows.
A rising star in American Roots Rock, or just plain get down goooooood music!
What others say about Rick:
Until recently, Rick Hornyak’s music has been somewhat limited to live performances. He has a long and proven track record of engaging a broad audience through soulful, upbeat sounds and intimate lyrics that compel people to dance and sing along - and inspire the occasional air guitar.
Despite it’s rough-edged, rural sound, Rick’s music is romantic, just as his story is. Rick left a very content life in small town, Pennsylvania to find something that was missing. For the last several years, Rick has journeyed, growing musically and personally. He performs regularly in his new home base of Austin, Texas and around the country.
For announcements regarding the public release of "Marigold," please sign up to our email list or "Like" Rick's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/
Join me and put the HOORAH out there for an amazing sound that needs to come here.
Visit "Live From Studio 5!" at kfai.org/livefromstudio5
See what's new, find links to our Flickr page, the blog, and Twitter.