Rick Vito About the Educator

Few musicians in recent decades can lay claim to the caliber of credits held by Grammy-nominated guitarist, Rick Vito. His unique slide and lead guitar work has enriched the recordings and performances of such legendary Rock & Roll, Blues and Country Hall of Fame artists as Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, John Fogerty, Bob Seger, Roger McGuinn, Boz Scaggs, Dolly Parton, John Prine, Delbert McClinton, Roy Orbison, Jackson Browne, Hank Williams Jr., Todd Rundgren, and scores of others. He has appeared on hundreds of recordings, and his haunting slide guitar solo on Seger's "Like A Rock," has been heard by untold millions as the guitar voice on the Chevrolet truck TV commercial ads which ran over a ten year period.

Perhaps best known as a member of the legendary supergroup Fleetwood Mac (1987-1991), Rick brought back a passionate, bluesy quality to the band's music. His original songs are featured on their albums, Behind The Mask, The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac and The Chain. He also appears on their Greatest Hits release and the live full length concert DVD, Tango In The Night.

Rick's solo works include, King Of Hearts (1992), Pink & Black (1998), Lucky Devils (2000), Crazy Cool (2003), Rick Vito Live in Concert (DVD 2005), Band Box Boogie (2005), Rattlesnake Shake (2006), Complete Slide Guitar (DVD 2007), Talk That Talk and Lucky In Love (2009), Mojo On My Side (2016) and his upcoming new CD, scheduled for early 2019.

Rick's composition, "It's Two A.M.", as performed by Shemekia Copeland, earned Rick the famed W.C. Handy Award for "Blues Song of the Year". His songs have also appeared the TV shows, Without a Trace, Las Vegas, Thieves, HBO's ‘Real' Series, Everwood, Memphis Beat, and most recently, multiple episodes of the highly acclaimed, Blue Bloods.

As producer, Rick also worked with rockabilly singer, Rosie Flores, on Speed of Sound, and his guitar playing has also appeared on newer releases by Bob Seger, Delbert McClinton (the Grammy winning, Nothing Personal), Hank Williams Jr., Bonnie Raitt, The Tractors, The Martini Kings, Rita Coolidge, Carl Verheyen, Maria Muldaur, and brand new offerings from Boz Scaggs, Roy Orbison and Billy Burnette.

Along with his solo projects, Rick partnered with Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood to form the blues-rocking "Mick Fleetwood Blues Band feat. Rick Vito". In 2009-2010, shortly after the release of their CD/DVD, Blue Again, Rick was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award in the "Best Traditional Blues" category as both artist and producer.

Rick's recent activities continue with many heralded live appearances with his band at music festivals and venues around the world. In "Soulshaking 2019", look for the new Rick Vito Soulshaker guitar from Reverend Guitars, and his brand new CD, also entitled Soulshaker, on Vizztone/Streamliner records.

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