Fiddle Rick Johnson: A New CD All Over Again

Fiddle Rick Johnson: A New CD All Over Again
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Who: Fiddle Rick Johnson and the Bourbon Boys
What: Americana showcase
Where:
When: 2016-03-17
One local musician’s new CD is a way to appreciate and represent the past as well as the future.
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One local musician’s new CD is a way to appreciate and represent the past as well as the future.

Fiddle Rick Johnson just released All Over Again. Johnson, along with the Bourbon Boys, says it ain’t easy being green this Saint Patrick’s Day with a show Thursday, March 17 at Tres Hombres.

Johnson also has a regular stint on Friday nights at Abbey Ridge Brewery in Pomona and a performance Saturday, March 19 at Blue Sky Vineyard and Winery.

Johnson recorded the seven-track album in his home studio.

“I want to come out with an album every year or so,” Johnson said. “Since I have a setup right at home, it makes it easier to keep that promise.”

Johnson has been a mainstay on the local music scene for a number of years. He was the fiddler in the great Broken Grass, which mixed contemporary bluegrass with rock ‘n’ roll, helping to introduce the area to the newgrass movement. The band was a dominating force during the early 2000s, popular not only in Southern Illinois but elsewhere due to extensive touring.

Johnson continues to be invested in all his creative works.

“I play all the instruments,” he said. “I have some people come in as special guests, but for the most part, it’s just me.”

One stellar track features another legendary local voice. “Swing Shift” is an up-tempo blues duet with the one and only Tawl Paul. Both Rick and Paul promise to keep the night a-rockin’ and swingin’ “from dusk ‘til dawn.” Paul also sings on “Red Wine and Blue.”

Johnson said that because he plays all the instruments during the recording process, the way a song gets put together in the studio is a systematic puzzle with all parts collaborating in a harmonious way.

“It can start off as a guitar riff I’m working on or some lyrics I’m playing with,” Johnson said, “and then it just kind of grows from there. Then I have to go back, since I am the producer, and make sure all the levels are right.”

With spring right around the corner, and with it the seasonal reopening of outdoor music venues, Johnson said he is looking forward to spending more time in front of the live crowds across Southern Illinois.

“I am really proud of [All Over Again],” he said, “and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

For more information and to hear three songs from All Over Again, visit <http://www.FiddleRick.com>.

who: Fiddle Rick Johnson and the Bourbon Boys

what: Americana

where: Tres Hombres; Blue Sky Vineyard and Winery; Abbey Ridge Brewery

when: Thursday, March 17; Saturday, March 19; every Friday