Rick Rayburn's music career started in elementary school singing in the school/church choir and playing saxophone in the school band. He would also run home during his lunch hour to practice Beatle songs on an old ukelele his uncle had given him. Rick eventually got a guitar and had his first band at the age of 13. For years Rick had bands that toured extensively throughout the Midwest performing in clubs, concerts, radio, and television. In fact, in 1981 his band "Fusion", which included Rick, his brother Larry Rayburn, and drummer David Rudolph was the headline act for the St. Louis Emmy Award winning show "Night Moves."
In the 1980's recording technology began to change rapidly. Portable, cost effective multi-track recording systems allowed musicians to do serious recording without the need to be in a major recording studio. So, in 1988 Rick struck out on his own and was one of the first "one man bands" to utilize this new recording technology as well as the newly developed MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) format. He used these new tools to play all the backround instruments and sing all the backround vocals in order to sound like a full band in "live" perfomance dates.
Also during this time, his humorous song parodies (poking fun at among other things...political campaigns and the savings and loan scandal) were a part of Bruce Bradley and Anne Keefe's popular afternoon show on KMOX radio in St. Louis. By the end of the '90's Rick decided to concentrate more on original acoustic guitar and children's music. In 2001 Rick released his first instrumental acoustic guitar CD, "Frogs & Dogs" on Shemenco Records. His first children's CD, "Imagination Room," was released in 2002, and "Colors" in 2004. "A Quiet Place" and "Snigglettos" followed in 2005 and 2007. Then, in May of 2016 Rick had an almost unprecedented event. On May 1st Rick's CD release party kicked off the release of three new albums: "Ricky & The Swampgoat" (an all acoustic guitar/vocal album), "The Lost '70's Tapes" (a long lost demo resurrected after 38 years to show Rick's rock & roll legacy), and "Aim High" (a full band album leaning toward country, americana, and more).
Today, Rick continues to perform (plugged & unplugged) at libraries, civic organizations, corporate functions, special events, wineries, and house concerts.
Rick has performed for various audiences across the Midwest...
some of which include:
KMOX Radio, St. Louis, MO Crimestoppers
USO Numerous Library Showcases
St. Louis Cardinals United States Army
KHAS TV (ABC), Hastings, Ne
KMOV TV, St. Louis, MO Make A Wish
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