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Welcome-

Here you'll find information on "Ricky Nye Inc.", "Ricky Nye & The Paris Blues Band"
and my solo & duet outings. Read what people have been saying about us in the press. Take a listen to clips from my recordings and check out my schedule to find out where I'll be performing- thanks for stopping by and c'mon back!   

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W
EEK AT A GLANCE: JUNE 27- JULY 3

THURS. 30- Ricky with Dottie Warner @ ARNOLD'S
FRI. JULY 1- Ricky @ JULIAN'S DELI & SPIRITS
SAT. 2- Ricky with Bekah Williams @ COLLEGE HILL COFFEE COMPANY
SUN. 3- Ricky peforms with Mark Utley & Bulletville @ NORTHSIDE TAVERN

for more details click HERE...
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on Saturday February 13th, 2016 the town of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky
was dealt a terrible blow when this general store, which has been operating for
185 years, was devastated by a massive fire...this is a strong, heartfelt and soulful community that is dedicated to rebuilding its gathering place but they need your help- I encourage you to click HERE to contribute- THANK YOU on behalf of the
beautiful people of Rabbit Hash !
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click HERE to read a great article written by Chris Varias for Cincinnati.com regarding this past February 5th & 6th's WINTER BLUES FEST

presented by the CINCY BLUES SOCIETY
and more specifically, my young piano playin' friend BEN LEVIN !


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EVERY WEDNESDAY @ ESQUIRE THEATRE - 320 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH 
it's "LIVE 'N' LOCAL" from 7:00-9:00 PM

a great opportunity to enjoy great live music in the early evening in a concert setting free of television sets and noisy chatter- bar will be open serving beer, wine, liquor and snacks, and WEDNESDAY is HALF PRICE WINE NIGHT! plus a Baldwin grand
piano on hand- please support this wonderful series!

JUNE SCHEDULE:

1- Brenda Folz & Todd Hepburn
8- Bromwell - Diehl Band
15- Mark Utley & Bulletville
22- Ricky Nye & Ethan Leinwand (barrelhouse piano from St. Louis)
29- Cheryl Renee Project
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a recording I made with dear friends
Rob Lumbard & Nick Lloyd, entitled "BLUES IN A BOTTLE"
just won BEST SELF-PRODUCED CD @ the
International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis! alrighty!



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BIG
THANKS ! to ALL who attended the


SIXTEENTH ANNUAL
BLUES & BOOGIE PIANO SUMMIT


FRIDAY & SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6th & 7th, 2015

@ the  SOUTHGATE HOUSE REVIVAL

111 E. 6th St., Newport, KY  (859-431-2201)


which featured:

BALÁZS DÁNIEL (Hungary)
PHILIPPE LEJEUNE (France)
RICKY NYE (U.S.A.)
and special guest BEN LEVIN (U.S.A.)
(performing in FABRICE EULRY's absence)

with:

CHRIS DOUGLAS (upright bass)
PAUL ELLIS  (drums)
BRIAN BOSS HOGG (tenor sax)

and MANY THANKS to the SPONSORS that make it ALL happen:

PIANO PROSYORK VISIONPOMPILIO'S;
DEWEY'S PIZZABANG BANG SALONEAT WELL;
ESQUIRE, MARIEMONT & KENWOOD THEATERS;
MS. KAREN TYLER;  CITYBEAT MAGAZINEWNKU 89.7 FM
& WVXU 91.7 FM

the SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL BLUES & BOOGIE PIANO SUMMIT
will be held FRIDAY & SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4th & 5th, 2016-
MAKE PLANS NOW- SEE YOU THERE!

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MERCI & DANK U WEL to my astounding musical friends and the friendly faces
I reunited with on this fabulous tour through France, The Netherlands & Belgium (Sept. 15 thru Oct. 12, 2015)- and THANKS VERY MUCH to the Eurly family,
Simon Boyer & family, Martijn Schok & Greta Holtrop, and the Patrick Smet family
for their generous hospitality- what a trip!
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CLICK HERE for an interview with my friend LEE HAY @ WVXU 91.7 FM,
discussing the BIG JOE DUSKIN memorial plaque unveiling, PHILIP PAUL DAY
(he will be recognized @ the ARCHES BOOGIE PIANO STAGE
Saturday August 8th @ 7:00 PM- afterwards Philip will join my ensemble
for two tunes from the King Records catalog), and the upcoming
SIXTEENTH ANNUAL BLUES & BOOGIE PIANO SUMMIT to be held
Friday & Saturday November 6th & 7th- thanks Lee!

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Sunday thru Saturday July 12-18, 2015 @ Blues & Swing Week at Augusta
(Davis & Elkins College in breathtaking Elkins, West Virginia) was truly one of the most moving experiences of my life on many levels- interaction with students and faculty, the new friendships made- many thanks to organizers Daryl Davis,
Wendi Bourne and to all the warm-hearted people I had the honor to meet-
you really touched my soul! hope it's not the last time we see each other-
bless you all!
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MERCI ! to the good people @ COGNAC BLUES PASSIONS FESTIVAL & MARTELL who chose me to play the 1715 AVENUE DU BLUES STAGE Thursday July 3rd, 2015- quite an honor!
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BRAND NEW 2 CD SET available now- debut release from vocalist DOTTIE WARNER- "A SERENADE IN BLUE/ THURSDAYS AT ARNOLD'S"- '20's, '30's & '40's jazz and blues- available @ CDBABY.COM- also available @ Arnold's Bar & Grill during business hours- Dottie appears there every Thursday from 7:30-9:30 PM

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CD available NOW!



FEATURING:
Chris Douglas- upright bass
Paul Ellis- drums
Brian "Boss" Hogg- tenor sax
Sylvain Acher- guitar
Tom Moore- harmonica
Dan Dorff- percussion

recorded @ Ultrasuede Studio- Cincinnati, OH
engineered by Brian Niesz
mastered by Dave Davis
artwork by Maurice Mattei

currently available at all live shows, at Cincinnati, OH record shops Everybody's Records, Shake It Records and @ www.cdbaby.com

wonderful review by Rhys Williams @ Blues Blast Magazine-
read it HERE  (February 26th, 2015 issue)
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THANK YOU readers of CITYBEAT MAGAZINE for voting me
BEST LOCAL MUSICIAN 2014- very happy to be a part of
Cincinnati's rich musical scene!


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very pleased to be VOTED BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR in
CITYBEAT MAGAZINE'S
CEA AWARDS 2014 !





THANKS for your support!




so proud to have been inducted into the
INTERNATIONAL BOOGIE WOOGIE HALL OF FAME-
big thanks to Dr. Philip Leming & Dr. Robert Cody
for making the ARCHES BOOGIE PIANO STAGE
@ THE CINCY BLUES FEST possible!
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THANK YOU READERS of CityBeat Magazine for voting me
"Best Local Musician" in their "Best Of Cincinnati" 2013 Awards-
in a town full of outstanding musicians, I take this as quite an honor!

THANK YOU READERS for voting me "BEST BLUES ARTIST"
in 2013 CEA AWARDS presented by CityBeat Magazine-
the awards show took place Sunday January 27th
@ The Madison Theater in Covington, KY- happy to play a short set
with CHRIS DOUGLAS (upright bass), to be joined by 46 LONG,
and to take part in the tribute to HERZOG STUDIOS-
CONGRATULATIONS to all nominees and winners-
proud to make music here in Greater Cincinnati!


SOLO RELEASE:

"THE THREE B'S: BLUES, BALLADS & BOOGIE WOOGIE"

The Three B's

LISTEN to a wonderful review by music historian
David Lewis, aired on NPR station WVXU 91.7 FM

exclusively available Cincinnati, OH record shops
Everybody's Records, Shake It Records, and all shows


"JUMP STEADY"- RICKY NYE & THE PARIS BLUES BAND

"HIGHLIGHTS from the 13th ANNUAL BLUES & BOOGIE
PIANO SUMMIT"


"TWISTIN' AT RAY'S" - FABRICE EULRY

(I co-produced this release, recorded in Cincinnati, OH)

these CDs are AVAILABLE NOW! @ CD Baby,
@ Cincinnati, OH record shops Everybody's Records
& Shake It Records, and all shows
   

THANK YOU! readers, voters and listeners for voting me
"Best Local Musician" in CityBeat Magazine's
"Best Of Cincinnati 2012" issue- I feel loved! :o)



happy to be voted in the "Best Local Musician" category of
CityBeat Magazine's "Best Of Cincinnati 2011" Readers Picks-
THANK YOU READERS!



I
was honored to be voted "Blues Artist of the Year 2010" 
by 
CityBeat Magazine at their CEA AWARDS held at  the 
Madison Theater in Covington, KY on Sunday, November 21st-
thank you for your support and to all that voted- you make a difference!  

OTHER CD RELEASES:

RICKY NYE & THE PARIS BLUES BAND-
follow-up to 2008's 
"Ville du Bois" disc, recorded with the most outa-sight blues players 
in Paris: Anthony Stelmaszack (guitar); Thibaut Chopin (upright bass/harmonica); Simon "Shuffle" Boyer (drums) and special guest Nico Duportal (guitar)- available NOW @ www.cdbaby.com

TWELFTH ANNUAL BLUES & BOOGIE PIANO SUMMIT 
featuring BOB SEELEY (Detroit, MI), JULIAN PHILLIPS (U.K.), PATRICK SMET (Belgium) & RICKY NYE plus exciting rhythm section (Brian Aylor- drums; Buck Stevens- upright bass; and George Bedard- guitar)- available NOW @ www.cdbaby.com

ELEVENTH ANNUAL BLUES & BOOGIE PIANO SUMMIT 
featuring LLUIS COLOMA (Barcelona, Spain), BARRELHOUSE CHUCK (Chicago, IL), LISA OTEY (Tucson, AZ) & RICKY NYE plus outstanding rhythm section (Brian Aylor- drums; Steve Perakis- upright bass; and George Bedard- guitar)- available NOW @ www.cdbaby.com

all the above titles are NOW also available as DIGITAL DOWNLOADS!


PIANO KILLERS

All instrumental recording of Ricky Nye with Fabrice Eulry (Paris) & Renaud Patigny (Brussels)- solos, duet and trio compositions all performed on one piano- recorded in Paris- available NOW @ www.cdbaby.com


VILLE DU BOIS  
A disc recorded with the most outa-sight blues players in Paris is available NOW @ CD BABY 

***PRICES SLASHED on ALL BOOGIE SUMMIT CDs-
#3 through #13- NOW only $9.97 @ CD BABY!!!***


CDs also available at all live shows and in Cincinnati @ Everybody's Records & Shake It Records


 

:
A TRIBUTE to BIG JOE DUSKIN (1921-2007) by Ricky Nye


I first met Big Joe Duskin in ’82, before I ever started to mess around with boogie woogie- that didn’t matter to Joe, he just knew I played piano, and that made us friends. Through the time I’ve known him he has always been very supportive of me, and of so many musicians. His playing and singing was loved by blues enthusiasts and fellow piano players all over the world- I can’t tell you how many times, upon encountering the European leaders in blues & boogie in my travels, their first words to me were “how’s Big Joe?”

I treasure the times we played together, the many phone calls, running errands and especially meaningful were the times visiting Joe during his last year, when he was bedridden- I’d come in, turn on his keyboard and go at it, and Joe would lay in bed and sing his head off, improvising blues I’d never heard from him before.

Because I loved Joe, it was inevitable that aspects of his style made their way into my playing- his album “Cincinnati Stomp” was a template for me to study boogie woogie, and I learned the title track to perform as homage to him. When he played a blues, he was on “Joe time”- the lazy tremolos, the space in his playing all added up to me. The message in his style also came as words of advice he gave one day- he said “Rick, take it from an old pro: don’t work so hard! Take your time, talk to the people- they like that.” I knew exactly what he was talking about, but I said “Joe, you have a commanding presence, a big booming voice, you’re a great storyteller...I’m just a little white guy- what am I supposed to do? If I start talking away, they’d just tell me to shut up & play!” And he laughed, which is something I really miss- his chuckling, and the sound of his laughter will always resound in my mind.

Big Joe’s love of food is legendary- it mattered as much to him how you were fed at a gig as any other aspect of the show. If I called to relate tales of my travels, he’d always ask “how’d they feed you?” After Joe played a prestigious concert at Music Hall in Cincinnati, I called to see how things went- he said “Rick, it was so nice- they had fried chicken, mashed potatoes, peas...”-nothing was said of the performance! Once when visiting Joe in the hospital, he asked if I would go downstairs to the Burger King and get him a cheeseburger & french fries. When I asked if didn’t they have him on a particular diet, he said “hell with them- I’m going home tomorrow”. So I indulged him, and you would have thought he was eating the finest meal of his life...food was a big pleasure for Big Joe.

His compromised health in the last years of his life did nothing to dampen his hope and spirit. Joe’s performance at his 84th birthday party was a perfect example of the transference of love from his fans right back at them- it was the last time he was truly on fire, playing and singing until he had nothing left to give. To see him hold court at the Arches Stage at the annual Cincy Blues Fest was always beautiful- his appreciation for the other pianists and their appreciation for him always resulted in a truly inspired and joyous set.

I feel truly blessed to have had Joe as a friend and inspiration to me. Years ago, after he was in the hospital on a regular basis, I wondered when the day would come that Joe would leave this earth, and that day arrived- May 6th, 2007. Yet his spirit is alive and strong, in myself and every other musician he’s played with and encouraged. Whenever I play, especially now, I offer it up for him...

God bless Big Joe Duskin.

 


 



R.I.P.  H-BOMB FERGUSON  (1929-2006)


Historical information about H-Bomb Ferguson can be found @ www.cdbaby.com/cd/hbombf

Video footage & photo montage from documentary filmmaker 
John Parker

 

"QUICK 'N' DIRTY"  & "Highlights from the THIRD, FOURTH, FIFTHSIXTH, SEVENTH, EIGHTH, NINTH & TENTH BLUES & BOOGIE PIANO SUMMITS"  ("PIANO IS FUN!" & Highlights from the SECOND SUMMIT are currently out of print, but a few copies remain at some of the shops listed below...) are available worldwide through www.cdbaby.com, and if you're in Cincinnati, they are available NOW @ Shake It Records, Everybody's Records, Mole's and Joseph Beth Booksellers (check out the CD reviews of the Second Summit & Third Summit from the Cincinnati Enquirer)...

***PRICES SLASHED on Boogie Summits #3 through #13 NOW only $9.97 @ CD BABY!!!***

and here's a review of "Quick 'N' Dirty" from CityBeat Magazine (12-24-03): 

The title of Ricky Nye and the Swingin' Mudbugs' sophomore release (the follow-up to 1998's Piano is Fun!) is a play on the recording philosophy behind the album. Nye likes to record in as few takes as possible, and Quick was done with little overdubbing or other fixes (just like Fun!). But if you've seen Nye's trio perform live, you know that the local prince of boogie-woogie-styled piano probably doesn't require many "do-overs." There are certainly no holes in Quick 'N' Dirty. The energy and spontaneity exhibited makes listeners feel like they are dancing the night away in some sweaty bayou speakeasy. That intimacy translates superbly as Nye and Mudbugs Tony Franklin (drums) and Nick Lloyd (upright bass) rip effortlessly through a plethora of blues stylings on songs written by a variety of composers (save "Oh Yes," the sole Nye original). From the down-low blues of Muddy Waters' "What Is That She Got?" and the more up-tempo R&B of "Grits Ain't Groceries" (made famous by Little Milton) to the yearning, soulful balladry of "Please Send Me Someone To Love" and Nye's trademark barrelhouse rolls on "Downtown Boogie" and "Dixie Lullaby," you can take Quick 'N' Dirty as a musical history lesson or, more appropriately, as a joyous escapade through the repertoire of one of Cincinnati's most talented musicians. Nye obviously has the deepest respect for the New Orleans-spawned art form, but he doesn't treat the material too preciously, raucously banging out the tunes with skill and grace, but also with a genuine sense of glee, something that permeates from nearly every note. Between quality releases like Quick 'N' Dirty, Nye's organization of regular blues and boogie piano summits, featuring like-minded artists from around the world, and steady European touring, his place as one of the preeminent masters of the style is secure. -- MIKE BREEN

("QUICK 'N' DIRTY" also made CityBeat's TopTwenty Local Releases of 2003)

 
    
Pick up a copy of BEKAH WILLIAMS excellent debut CD @
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bekahwilliams  Produced by Ricky & Bekah, featuring The Swingin' Mudbugs with special guests (Dave Haley & Sonny Moorman on guitars, and local tenor sax icon Ray Heckman), and recorded by Erwin Musper @ his Bamboo Room Studio- it's a mighty fine songbook...get yours today!



            LOCAL MUSIC ACHIEVEMENTS AWARDS:


CEA AWARDS
(sponsored by CityBeat Magazine)-
BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR: 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2013 & 2014
NOMINEE in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2015

CITYBEAT MAGAZINE "Best Of Cincinnati" Readers Poll Awards-
BEST LOCAL MUSICIAN: 2012, 2013 & 2014

CAMMY AWARDS- formerly sponsored by The Cincinnati Enquirer:

BEST BLUES BAND (Ricky Nye & The Red Hots)- 2001
BEST SOLO ACT- 2001
BEST BLUES/R&B INSTRUMENTALIST- 2002
BEST SOLO ACT- 2002