Internationally acclaimed Rock & Blues artist Rick Bryant has enjoyed a lifetime in music. He could have had a strong career in academia, but the blues, folk, rock and soul was his calling. He is a resilient, literate and genuine solid citizen who has contributed much to a broad spectrum of local ‘roots’ music. A virtuoso singer, big band leader, songwriter, musicologist, arranger and choirmaster, he has been an uncompromising player in the New Zealand music scene, performing almost every musical style in almost every town and country hall. His band names tell their own story - Mammal, Rough Justice, Top Scientists the Jive Bombers (where he lets loose his love of horn sections and backing vocalists) and the Jubilation Choir. His collaborations include the Windy City Strugglers (Bill Lake’s rural blues and jug band formed in 1968 and going strong in 2002), Blerta, and the soul revue The Neighbours (with Sam Ford and Trudi Green). Although Rick Bryant’s roots are in the Wellington underground he has gained numerous fans every time he has brought his unique brand of the blues to southern New Zealand. He has exhibited a staying power within the music industry as honoured by his sole presence on the front cover of John Dix’s seminal book Stranded in Paradise, The History of New Zealand Rock’n Roll. A former lecturer in English at Victoria University, Rick Bryant is a don who is neither remotely academic nor fearful. His gutsy and achy voice is laced with an older man’s sense of both hurt and celebration.
Location: Wellington (Wellington)