- Mr. Rick was one of the featured performers in “The Harry Smith Anthology, tribute to American Folk Music”
Singer, guitarist, and player of old time Roots Americana, Mr. Rick (aka Rick Zolkower) was born in post war Detroit. Rick learned his craft by watching, listening and hanging with the iconic Folk and Blues performers of the era at Detroit’s famed “Chessmate coffee house”. Rick has had a passion for music Americana for over 40 years. He started performing and touring in the 1960’s.
He currently performs Blues, early Jazz, Country, Tin Pan Alley, and Gospel on finger style guitar with vocals – either solo or fronting his various ensembles in clubs and festivals. Regardless of the style he’s playing Rick is an escort to a rich musical intersection where Genre lines blur and disappear.
His sound is immediately recognizable as traditional yet not museum re-creations. His CD’s “Cocktails and Cornbread” and “Wholegrain” received regular airplay on the CBC and a variety of radio shows including “Vinyl Cafe”, NPR, and many Folk and College stations.His recordings have garnered excellent reviews from The Toronto star, Now Magazine, Penguin Eggs, Exclaim magazine, Montreal Gazette, and Sing Out Magazine.