Rick Vito About the Educator

Guitarist Rick Vito was born in Darby, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. Though very young, Rick distinctly remembers the impact of the early years of Rock & Roll and the effect it had on his interest in playing the guitar. "Everyone, of course, was crazy about ELVIS and I was too. Also, I was a faithful watcher of the "BANDSTAND" TV show which was broadcast every day from Philadelphia. This started even before DICK CLARK hosted it. Bandstand was the center of the universe as far as Rock & Roll went for me. Most of the classic rockers made their debut on this show before they got to Ed Sullivan, and I remember being fascinated with guys like JERRY LEE LEWIS, FATS DOMINO, and LITTLE RICHARD. But it was the guys with the guitars that really got to me. My mom had played Hawaiian lap guitar as a young girl and we still had her old Oahu acoustic. We have a videotape (transferred from 8mm film) of me about six years old going nuts with that guitar doing my Elvis bit in the living room. It's proof that I'm a bonafide 50's rocker!"

Rick’s most recent activities have included much-heralded live appearances at the NAMM Show where he demonstrated the latest Rick Vito Signature guitar (now the best-selling model in the Reverend Guitars lineup), and a show-stealing set at Deke Dickerson’s Annual Guitar Fest in Anaheim, CA. Rick also appears on "Memphis," a new blues/roots recording from the great Boz Scaggs. Early 2013 saw Rick center stage in a jaw-dropping show at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center with the MFBB, Steven Tyler and a surprise appearance by the legendary Christine McVie, her first in 14 years! He is featured in two new "Best Seller" guitar-oriented books, "Burst Believers," by Vic Da Pra and "The Strat in the Attic," by Deke Dickerson. More touring and recording plans are now underway.