was born October 13, 1949, in Darby, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia area), where his
father was in the nightclub business.
always had a taproom with a jukebox.
Rick; "We had this thing, with strings an inch up off the neck lying around the house.
I really got a kick out of Ricky Nelson with James Burton at the end of every Ozzie and Harriet Show.
To think that you used to be able to see James Burton playing that cool Rockabilly stuff on his
Telecaster on TV every week.
I have to say that Rockabilly was what first turned me around."
As a teenager Rick
bought Chuck Berry albums, then Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and a few other famous artists of that time.
obsession with the Stones led Vito
to the classic blues players.
By the time he
was in college, he
was a hardcore blues purist.
formed a band and began playing the college circuit semi-professionally.
was one teenager among many in the audience during Fleetwood Mac's
first US tour in 1968.
sat in the front row at the concert in The Electric Factory in Philadelphia, he
became influenced by the band and especially by Peter Green.
Right after the concert, he
started to write his
own blues songs.
Rick; "It was so non-glitzy and real, it was what i wanted to do."
The first real break Rick
got was when he
hooked up with Delaney & Bonnie
(Bekka Bramlett's parents) out in L.A. in 1971.
toured with them, did some TV-shows and a little recording.
For the rest of his
was heavily influenced by the Delaney & Bonnie
album "On Tour With Eric Clapton".
1974 marked the blues recording debut of Rick Vito
John Mayall, who always has had a great eye for aspiring talent, hired Rick Vito
first appeared on the "New Year, New Band, New Company
" album, released in February of 1975.
That same year, he
also played on folk great John Prine's fourth album "Common Sense" which includes the hilarious "Come Back To Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard".
rounded off the year with December's Mayall album, "Notice To Appear" .
New Year, New Band, New Company
In May 1976, John McVie rejoined his old employer, John Mayall, on his album "A Banquet In Blues" , playing bass on "Sunshine" along with Rick Vito
Shortly after that, Rick
left the band for a few years to return again in 1979 for the recording of the "No More Interviews" album on which he
played the rhythm guitar, 12 string guitar, and slide guitar.
was also in Roger McGuinn's group Thunderbyrd, a great band which had a lot of success with their live performances.
Then in 1977, Rick
toured with Bonnie Raitt as a substitute for guitarist and new father Will McFarlane.
The four songs on which Rick
played are "Keep This Heart In Mind", "Baby Come Back", "Talk To Me", and "Green Lights".
You can hear Rick
on songs like "Lawyers In Love", "Tender Is The Night" and "On The Day".
Rick; "Working with Jackson Browne was when I really began to stretch out as a musician.
I replaced David Lindley in the band and was put in the position of having to come up with solos and a style that were reminiscent of him in one sense, but still allowed enough freedom in my playing to mark me as an individual."
The band that Rick
was in that had backed Jackson Browne
also backed Greg Copeland on his 1982 album "Revenge Will Come".
Rick then became the lead guitarist for Bob Seger, and played on both the "Like A Rock" album and tour (a grueling, nine-month affair).
Drummer Russ Kunkel, who'd worked with Rick on the Jackson Browne albums, recommended him to Bob Seger.
suggested using his slide guitar on it . They recorded it all in one take and Bob loved it.
Billy Burnette and Rick Vito
himself explains how this happened;
Since Rick had played as a session and background guitarist for a long time, that wasn't too much of a problem for him.
took care of the lead guitar and vocals on the Tango In The Night tour and did a great job, performing the Mac classics.
For 1990's "Behind The Mask" Rick
wrote the up-tempo "Stand On The Rock", co-wrote a few songs with Stevie Nicks, like "Love Is Dangerous" and "The Second Time" and wrote "When The Sun Goes Down" with Billy Burnette.
Although some people didn't really take to Rick
and Billy (probably because they replaced the extreme popular Lindsey Buckingham), they clearly brought a new and vibrant sound to the band.
"Stand On The Rock" (from the "Behind The Mask" album) was also a big live hit with the fans.
Christine - Stevie - Rick
In 1991, not long after the band finished the Behind The Mask tour, Rick decided to leave Fleetwood Mac for personal reasons.
Almost immediately he
went into the studio to record his
first solo album, "King Of Hearts", for Modern Records.
The tracks on the album were a mix of Rock and Blues tracks, mostly written by Vito
Then in 1997, Rick
played the guitar on the debut album, "A Voice Like Yours", from the country duo The Killens.
second solo album in 1996 and called it "Blues Town".
Rick Vito is a unique performer in that he has a developed a self-described "original traditional" style simply by staying faithful to his musical roots.
In the last couple of years, Rick
has continued to record his
own albums along with chalking up some more guest appearances.
Among Rick's guest appearance highlights lately have been on the Rosie Flores album "Speed of Sound" which he
played on every song, and even wrote a track from it called "Devil Love".
in Concert" was fimed in Germany during Rick's
2001 "Lucky Devils" tour.for the long-running German concert show "Ohne Filter."
also had some of his
songs appear on television shows lately.
"Without A Trace", "Third Watch" "Everwood" "Felicity" and "Thieves" have all featured his
songs playing in the background.
The slide guitarist continues to put out blues albums year after year on his
In 2004 it was "Rattlesnake Shake" and in 2006 he
put out an album in the UK called "Talk That Talk".
's impressive session work have made him an in-demand studio and touring musician, Rick always makes plenty of time to live the quiet family life these days in his
20-acre farm outside of Nashville, in Franklin, Tennessee, together with his
wife Aimee, son Francesco and daughter Ara.