Rick Lonow

Rick Lonow

POCO / Nashville sessions

My first national act was The Flying Burrito Brothers (1980s). Next The Bellamy Brothers for 3 1/2 years, then I moved to Nashville and started writing songs, while playing in original bands. I was a writer on POCOs hit, œCall it Love.

I started getting called to play on records for June Carter Cash, Billy Joe Shaver, Cowboy Jack Clement, Loretta Lynn, Jason White, Johnny Cash, Dierks Bently, Ryan Bingham, John Carter Cash, Rusty Young and many more. Ive played on 6 GRAMMY nominated, and 3 GRAMMY winning records. I am currently a member of POCO; and Im also half of œSizzle Went the VCR. I am still playing on many good records, and with several local œoriginal bands in Nashville.

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  • Most memorable Next-Level Performance

    When I arrived for day one of the recording of June Carter Cash's grammy winning record, "Press On", a still photographer (Alan Messer), and video cameraman where there before me; they documented both days; everything we did and played. Though we were in the woods at Cash Cabin, caterers had put tablecloths and real silverware on the picnic table. Even the lunch was going to be top shelf. The All Star band; the way we recorded, all together; no headphones. I quickly realized that what we were doing wasn't just a record; it was an event!
  • What Drives Your Creativity?

    Unique playing and writing. I like to hear something I didn't expect. Ideas being more important to me than the technique of the execution. I like to "feel" the groove: a great feeling, simply played drum track can be the most wonderful part of any song.
  • Why do you choose Vic Firth?

    American Classic, 7A Hickory, wood bead: the lack of shiny varnish lets me hold the stick better; the wood beads stay hard, sound crisp, for a long time. The balance of the stick is superb, feels fantastic in my hand; hickory doesn't transmit shock waves to my hand! The stick feels musical