From Dayton, Ohio, Rikk is a rock solid, high energy bassist demonstrating blistering technical skill, solid groove and a few unique tricks up his sleeve. He has displayed a wide range of ability working in genres from progressive rock/jazz fusion performing with the Michael Harris Tranz Fusion to hard funk as a writing and performing member of Funtime Freddy. Rikk worked exclusively with Kelly Richey Band touring the US and Canada. The band headlined several major festivals and opened for acts such as Boston, Heart and Kenny Wayne Shephard in support of Kelly Richey’s 2016 release "Shakedown Soul". Rikk appears on the record produced and engineered by Tobe "Tobotius” Donohue (which also took drum duties in studio and on stage) that is a mix of urban/indie in your face, raucous rock n roll, blues, funky bass grooves, and synthesized electronica.
Not only an accomplished performer, he is a composer and producer in his own right. Rikk’s debut solo single, “Right out of the Gate” featuring performances from powerhouses Chris Carver on keys, John Arthur Gentry Jr. on guitar, Jason Palmeron drums and special guest soloist Phillip Lassiter on trumpet, was released in March 2015. The single is true to the style of a few of Rikk’s influences, such as: Stanley Clarke, Larry Graham, James Jamerson, Geddy Lee, Adam Nitti, Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Rocco Prestia, Roger Waters, and Victor Wooten.
Recently Rikk collaborated with Zack Lemons in studio for Zack’s 2017 solo debut release “Indigo Armor” which is blend of jazz, funk, rock, roots and psychedelia. Rikk also joined both Kelly Richey Band and Funtime Freddy for select concert dates in the summer of 2017. Rikk continues to work on material for a follow up solo effort scheduled to start in the winter of 2017 which will lean heavy to funk/jazz fusion.
As always he will be doing a few surprise dates with various artists throughout the year. Stay tuned to the Schedule page for all upcoming appearances.