The Meaning of life is to find your gift. The Purpose of life is to give it away!”

— Pablo Picasso

R2 Alchemy Press Kit

al·che·my - ˈalkəmē/ noun: alchemy 

The medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir. 

To us music is the universal elixir! R2 Alchemy formed in the fall of 2017 when drummer Gary Basgall and songwriter/guitarist Rick Lally hooked up and decided to try pulling together a band. Rick quickly mentioned and contacted fellow songwriter/guitarist and friend Ronnie Lamendola. Things started to happen. Shortly afterward bass player Jim Chastain was recruited and the foundation of the band was established. So now what do we name the band? Ronnie suggested R2 Alchemy. The R2 representing Ronnie and Rick. Alchemy representing the great chemistry added by our drummer and bassman. 

R2 Alchemy's first performance was to a crowded house at the Fence Stile Vineyard and Winery in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. The band continues to strive towards enhancing our sound, performance and set list. The band has also been working on a few choice cover songs as well as inclusion of some of Jim Chastain's original songs. We currently have a set list that can fill up to 3 hours and are always looking for good venues and opportunities to perform.

R2 Alchemy performs original acoustic rock music with an occasional cover song mixed in. Their music is upbeat and positive.

R2 Alchemy Photos

A new day dawns

A new day dawns

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R2 Alchemy Videos

Sample Tracks

It's High Time

Rick Lally

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I am very happy to announce that I have released a new 12 song album titled 'It's High Time'. It's now on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, etc. or you can buy it right here for $8 - 12 songs for $8 is 66 cents a song! I named the album after a song I wrote in 2014, which is also the title track. Another reason I titled the album as such is because, in a way, I've been working on this project since I was 13 years old.

The album includes the first song I ever wrote at age 13 titled 'Falcon Hill'. I album also includes songs that I wrote at various times in my life. I don't necessarily know exactly what years I wrote each of them. The first time I applied for copyrights to any of my songs was in 1989. This album includes songs with copyright years from 1989 through 2017.

As you can see it's high time for me actually have this album finished. I honestly couldn't tell you the amount of hours that I have put into this project except that in essence it's a life's work!

Falcon Hill' is track number 8. I'm a Libra and I've always considered my lucky number to be 8 because it has the balance that a Libra strives for. I also have set the price for this album here on my website to $8.

I am very thankful to the artists that helped me complete this project. Ian Lally, Shay Ryburn, Melinda Highfill, Daniel Hamilton, Bree Plaster, Brion Leftwich, Caleb Aldrich, Justin Rollheiser, Jim Chastain and Angela Evans.

I'd also like to thank the following people for keeping me musically inspired. Shay Ryburn, Melinda Highfill, Daniel Hamilton, Gary Basgall, Ronnie Lamendola and Jim Chastain.

I thank my wife Debbie Lally for putting up with years of living with a songwriter. Hearing a finished song for the first time can be a wonder, while hearing a song while it's being developed can be a nightmare!

This album in some sense is retrospective.

My song 'It's High Time' was me acting as a cheerleader to encourage myself to get my songs recorded and to work on the songs I've yet to write or finish. I hope you'll take a little time out and listen to each song as they all have been a part of me for sometime now! I also hope you'll realize the time and expensive of this work and introduce it to others that might have an interest. Thanks & Cheers!

Rick Lally

Are you interested in buying a CD? Find it here https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/ricklally3

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  1. 1 It's High Time 03:51
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  2. 2 Life 02:57
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  3. 3 Slippin' Away 03:04
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  4. 4 Paralyzed 03:55
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  5. 5 No Jive 03:28
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  6. 6 I Can't Breathe 04:00
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  7. 7 Elderberry Wine 03:20
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  8. 8 Falcon Hill 02:58
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  9. 9 Find a Way 03:46
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  10. 10 The Artist 02:09
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  11. 11 It Don't Work Like That 02:57
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  12. 12 Love Is Stranger 02:34
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Down In Jamaica - 2012

Rick Lally

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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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Acoustic Dreams - 2009

Rick Lally

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Wonderful, fun, and easy to listen to. Upbeat music mixing genres of easy rock and folk with a laid back summer feel.

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  1. 1 Spring Time 04:12
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  2. 2 Caribbean Blues 03:16
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  3. 3 Walked Away 03:09
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  4. 4 Hello September 02:49
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  5. 5 Restless Tears 03:32
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  6. 6 Totally Up To You 04:48
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  7. 7 Go With The Flow 02:42
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  8. 8 Ride Those Dreams 03:31
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