A bit about my music and artwork

Here's a bit more detailed info about me, my art & music!  

At a very young age I enjoyed the music of Elvis Presley so much, that on my 10th birthday, my aunt bought me a used guitar that she found at a garage sale. She refinished it for me and taught me some songs and chords. I wrote my first song at age 13 called 'Falcon Hill'.

While I'm opening other presents, my bud Randy is holding on to my first guitar!

While I'm opening other presents, my bud Randy is holding on to my first guitar!

'Falcon Hill' is finally recorded after so many years and is on my album 'It's High Time'. Hard to believe it took so long to get a decent recording. For that reason alone I wrote a song titled 'It's High Time'. 'It's High Time' is a fairly recent song that I wrote about song writing. I wrote it to motivate myself to get the music that I haven't recorded done. 

I'm the first to admit there are some early songs that I wrote that will never and should never make it to a recording. Over the years I've improved in my song writing skills and musicianship. Thank goodness for that! That said I have a lot of work ahead of me.  

To date I actually have four album releases. My first one entitled 'Home Works' I try to forget and don't usually include when I discuss my albums. Several of the songs were good but it was produced on a four track tape machine. I really had no clue how to bring a song to life via a recording. Being an indie artist often means you are also an indie producer. My skills as a producer continue to improve with each of my endeavors. In 2009 I released 'Acoustic Dreams'. It had 8 songs and the production quality was a vast improvement over my first release. The song 'Go With The Flow' has been a stand out song for that album. 

In 2012 I produced my six song EP entitled 'Down In Jamaica'. I learned a ton through that process and it was another step forward. The two songs with the most play time from the 'Down In Jamaica' album are the title track 'Down In Jamaica' and the song 'She's My Sunny Day'. My personal favorite is 'Now's The Time For Love'. I wrote it not as a love song, but a song directed to the human race! I used some of my artwork in designing the 'Down In Jamaica' CD cover.

Down In Jamaica - 2012

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Rick Lally's EP Down In Jamaica is an upbeat blend of Folk, Rock, Raggae and Pop.

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  1. 1 She's My Sunny Day 03:36
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  2. 2 Down In Jamaica 04:00
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  3. 3 Die Laughing 03:06
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  4. 4 Now's The Time For Love 03:05
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  5. 5 Say Yeah 04:21
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  6. 6 Winners & Losers 03:45
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After the completion of the two afore mentioned releases 3 Bricks Shy was formed. You can learn more about 3 Bricks Shy music on at http://3BricksShyMusic.com

When 3 Bricks Shy was formed we headed right into the studio and produced our self-titled debut album. We recorded 10 songs with a 3 Bricks Shy flavor to it. Very natural and no crazy effects or tricks. Just straight up acoustic guitar centric music. We were very pleased with the album and again I learned a lot through the process of it's production. 

3 Bricks Shy is mainly a mix of folk, rock, country, blues and americana. We released our sophomore album entitled 'Still 3 Bricks Shy' in July of 2015. Once again I gained valuable production skills throughout the project. The album has already had some success in that one of the songs was selected as one of the Best of 2015 by Tony Corner's Blues Corner radio show that airs on Rock-Radio.co.uk  As an indie band it's always hard to reach listeners unless your willing to gamble and spend money on marketing campaigns with no guarantees. We've already invested enough just to release our music that spending money on marketing is out of the question. Basically we're hoping people will like our music enough to give us a little help to get our music heard. So far so good!

I had been working on several songs off and on for quite a while and was planning for another solo album. I had planned to finish the 'It's High Time' album several times and kept getting delayed for one reason or another. I finally pushed through and made it happen and chose a release date of 2/14/18. It wasn't completely finished then, but that's the date you'll see anywhere you look! It was a labor of love in that several of the songs have been with me a long time. So far it's hard to tell, but the songs that seem to grab folks the most are 'Life', 'No Jive', I' Can't Breath', 'Slipping' Away' and 'The Artist'.  

My own musical tastes vary wildly. I enjoy most genres of good music and because of that I write songs that can easily spread across various genres of music. Primarily my songs are Folk/Rock, but not always. As a songwriter I have a tendency to be upbeat and positive. Negativity is not for me!

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As far as my artwork goes I try to fuse my passion for music & art together. It doesn't always work that way, but still I try. I have no real formal training as an artist. You might say I'm self taught and still teaching myself. I've always done artwork, but never put much focus into it until the last few years. 

My artwork is mainly acrylic paintings although I am branching out to several mediums. All of my paintings are original one-of-a-kind pieces. Many of my works are very difficult to photograph because often they have a great deal of mixtures and textures that change in different lighting situations. For that reason if you like the photo you'll probably like the actual painting even more. I don't spend a lot of time trying to capture the best possible photo as I would rather spend my time painting or making music.

I hope you'll give a listen to the music while you are here! The 'My Art' page will contain both sold and available works. All SOLD paintings will be marked as such. Please inquire if you see a painting you have an interest in that is not marked sold. Thanks for stopping in. 

Indie makes the world go round! 

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Buddhaman's Interview with Rick Lally

Debbie Scott's Radio Network Featuring Rick Lally