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Rick Rourke: Bio

(Biography/2013)
To say that Rick Rourke is a musical master really is an understated cliché:
The writer-arranger-producer-performer's dues card has more than been paid; making a dent deep enough to be considered among the best. Hailing from Troy, NY, Rourke grew-up with a deep affection for R&B, but also loved the cats that stripped it down and got to the heart of the music: Bob Dylan, Van "The Man" Morrison and Mose Allison.
Rick’s remarkable journey began in the 70’s…landing a gig with the popular “Emerald City” and from there went onto form "Protophoto" featuring Lenny Kravitz's Jack Daley on bass. Rourke's unique blend of soul and sensitivity led him to be one of the founders of the popular "Out of Control Rhythm & Blues Band" (1984-2005). It was there he found both a home for his style and an audience to embrace it. As the front man doubling on sax and lead vocals, Rourke could tear-up any venue. And whether it be a juke-joint or a 3,000 seat theater he and band delivered the goods...combining the influences of both the Average White Band and Tower of Power, but with a soulful edge strictly their own.
In addition to his virtuosity on sax Rick is one of those few guys with "The Voice." Bringing to mind legends like Gregg Allman, Felix Cavaliere, Ray Charles, etc., and is a prime hallmark of his sound. On any given night he can rip it up roadhouse style, yet sooth the hardest heart in any coffeehouse. Although still continuing to play "reunion" shows, Out of Control culminated their great run with the album, "Shake The Nation" (1997), which was produced by the legendary Eddie Kramer (of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, and NRBQ fame). It was around that time that Rourke’s studio chops gained attention. The popular reception to his song, Ever Since the Day, earned kudos from Mr. Kramer, who called it a "rock classic." With this newly added approval, he began furthering his song-writing and arranging skills.
In 2010, armed with a cache of self-penned material, Rick took the opportunity to form what had always been in his heart: His own musical project. Calling it "Lost Wages", he debuted with a killer CD featuring such local classics as Truck Stop Jesus. Not surprisingly, audiences embraced this new, organic, style. Accompanied by only his acoustic guitar, he surrounded himself with a stellar lineup: The superlative Larry Clyman on guitar, bass-master, Lucas Ruedy, and the laid-back, albeit lethal, style of drummer Doug Klein. Just recently, he has released "Three Sides to Every Story", which, out of the chute, has grabbed the attention of both the press and public. So much so, that it has launched him into the national limelight.
In today's world of texters and tweeters, Rick Rourke’s easy going delivery and infectious songs are perfect for both the passive and active listener. Cuts like Rose Colored Glasses, Long Way to Go, Got an Itch, and Friends Like These, will impress even the harshest critic(s). With lyrics, melody and groove all relevant to today's societal nuances, the man is far removed from retro. In fact, viewing life from the bandstand has given him a unique slant; separating him from the pack…offering a fresh, engaging, brand of “Americana” clearly his own.
*P.S. Pick up a copy of Three Sides to Every Story today. I guarantee it will soon join your list of must-haves!
-Bob Girouard (Modern Drummer, Elmore Magazine(s)
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Rick Rourke - Vocals, Guitar, Sax and Harp

Born in Troy NY, Rick grew up in a large family close to where the Hudson River meets the Mohawk in upstate New York. ge After hearing the Animals and Bob Dylan he taught himself guitar and harmonica. Seeking out the roots of these artists Rick developed a love for Blues, Folk and Jazz that inspires his work today.

For two decades prior to the Lost Wages project Rick was saxophonist and vocalist for The Out of Control Rhythm & Blues Band. As the main songwriter for the group, Rick worked with legendary producer Eddie Kramer whose credits include Hendrix, Zeppelin and Buddy Guy to name just a few. The resulting cd enjoyed airplay in diverse markets like Greece, Australia, Canada and blues and college stations in the U.S. This project inspired a volume of songs more personal, more political and with a deeper social connection to what's going on. The need to get these types of songs heard was the genesis for the Lost Wages cd and the formation of the Lost Wages band. "The group has opened up the musical spectrum for me and allowed me to flavor the songs as needed."

The cd or live band performances will take the listener down different paths with sax, violin, harmonica and a chunky rhythm section to lead the way. As the world has become more complex, corporate and regimented with radio airplay confined to the same 200 classic songs, Rick finds himself digging even deeper for well crafted, honest and fresh inspiration for the Lost Wages project.

Larry Clyman - Guitar

Originally from Albany,NY Larry attended the University of Indiana gaining a degree
in Jazz Studies.Shortly after,he moved to
Los Angelos to teach at the Music Institute
.Heading to Chicago,Larry had the experience of a lifetime with an eighteen month position touring with Alligator Records blues star ,Lonnie Brooks.Still in
Chicago he went on to play and produce
two albums with Big Shoulders on Rounder
Records and the Otters on Waterbug Records.in 2001 Larry and his wife Nancy
Walker moved to Saratoga NY area.Immersing himself in the recording
and playing scene ,Larry has added his
strong harmonic playing to the LOST WAGES
lineup while mixing and co producing the
LOST WAGES cd.

Lucas Ruedy - Bass

Born in Manhattan,Lucas showed an early interest in stringed intruments finally deciding on the bass.While still in high school Lucas was already involved in recording projects completing an album with the Mikey Steals band in N.Y.C..Moving to Albany,NY Lucas studied with bassist Ray Jung and began to explore diverse musical styles such as jazz,country,funk and blues.Always branching out Lucas enjoyed a stint in the pit band for "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat".
In 2000 Lucas joined the Out of Control Rhythm and Blues Band an Albany NY horn band with a fifteen year history.Local studio projects followed which led Lucas to be a founding member of Lost Wages

Doug Klein - Drums and Vocals

Doug Klein was lured out of retirement to
join "Lost Wages"."I was going on six years
without performing.No gigs seemed to inspire me".i was focusing on my visual art's
career.Doug holds a Masters in Arts Education from the College of St Rose in
Albany NY."When i heard the songs on Rick's Lost Wages CD I called my old friend
that if he ever needed a drummer I'd be
there in a heartbeat".
Doug has been performing around New England since 1976.He started his musical career in the jazz clubs of Long Island while still in jr. high.He has been a member
of the music scene ever since.Recording
and Performing in popular Jazz,Blues Rock
and Jam Bands of the northeast Doug has
played with such greats as Rick Danko,Hot
Tuna,Jorma Kaukonen and Steve Kimmock in the California Jam Band Zero.His drumming has been heard in major radio
markets across New England as well as
Woodstock 94.
After a small retirement Doug is re-ener
gized and ready to roll with the rough and tumble roots music of Rick Rourke and
Lost Wages.