The Rico McFarland story is one of determination, observation, and listening. He is a well-rounded musician that fell in love with music by the age of five. As a teenager, he was jamming and sitting in with the likes of such icons as: Otis Rush, Mighty Joe Young,, and some of the top performers in Chicago. By the age of sixteen, he was a member of Little Milton's touring group. Rico's parents granted permission on the condition that he continue his school work through a tutor. First the school work, and then the music. Rico learned self-discipline, and it's quite evident in his work. He is a confident frontman and thoroughly professional; on stage and off. If you like blues, rock, R&B, funk, or gospel, and have an extensive record collection; there's a good chance that you'll find Rico's name in the credits. I first caught Rico's guitar act with the James Cotton Band, and was beyond impressed with his skills. McFarland isn't stuck on himself and readily shares the spotlight-including vocals with the band. On this new album; you'll experience the band and guest artists sharing the lead. Check the lineup: Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, Sugar Blue, Billy Branch, Chico Banks, Dan Bellini, Melvin Taylor, and Carl (I call him "The Hands!") Weathersby! With twelve well chosen songs-including Rico originals, you can't go wrong. The first song, "Bad Attitude," a Howard McCullum house fav. (Howard & The White Boys), is the perfect opener for what's to come. A lot of great standouts on this CD. Highly recommended.
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