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Gibson Guitar Corp
309 Plus Park Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee 37217
United States

Company Description: Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos....   more
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  • Kutztown State College
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Rick Vito - Part 3 Legendary guitarist Rick Vito sits down and discusses his slide technique, dampening the strings, and his incredible career. If you've ever heard the memorable slide guitar solo in Bob Seger's "Like a Rock" then you've heard the masterful Rick Vito.
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In this rare interview, the Grammy nominated guitarist Rick Vito plays the same guitar that he used on that memorable song.
Rick Vito with his Les Paul Jr.
Rick plays a 1956 Gibson Les Paul Jr. Single Cut during this interview.
Rick Vito Biography
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Rick Vito
Rick Vito was born October 13, 1949, in Darby, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia area), where his father was in the nightclub business.
Rick; "He always had a taproom with a jukebox.
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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.
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His obsession with the Stones led Vito to the classic blues players. By the time he was in college, he was a hardcore blues purist. He formed a band and began playing the college circuit semi-professionally. He was one teenager among many in the audience during Fleetwood Mac's first US tour in 1968. When he 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. He toured with them, did some TV-shows and a little recording. For the rest of his career, Rick was heavily influenced by the Delaney & Bonnie album "On Tour With Eric Clapton".
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1974 marked the blues recording debut of Rick Vito. John Mayall, who always has had a great eye for aspiring talent, hired Rick Vito for his band. he 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". Vito 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 on guitar.
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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.
Rick was also in Roger McGuinn's group Thunderbyrd, a great band which had a lot of success with their live performances.
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Then in 1977, Rick toured with Bonnie Raitt as a substitute for guitarist and new father Will McFarlane.
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The four songs on which Rick played are "Keep This Heart In Mind", "Baby Come Back", "Talk To Me", and "Green Lights".
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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".
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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).
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Drummer Russ Kunkel, who'd worked with Rick on the Jackson Browne albums, recommended him to Bob Seger.
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Rick suggested using his slide guitar on it . They recorded it all in one take and Bob loved it.
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Billy Burnette and Rick Vito were hired.
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Rick himself explains how this happened;
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Since Rick had played as a session and background guitarist for a long time, that wasn't too much of a problem for him. He 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.
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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.
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Rick's "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 himself.
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Then in 1997, Rick played the guitar on the debut album, "A Voice Like Yours", from the country duo The Killens.
Rick recorded his second solo album in 1996 and called it "Blues Town".
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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.
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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 produced. He played on every song, and even wrote a track from it called "Devil Love".
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"Rick Vito in Concert" was fimed in Germany during Rick's 2001 "Lucky Devils" tour.for the long-running German concert show "Ohne Filter."
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Rick's also had some of his songs appear on television shows lately. "Real Sex". "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 own terms. In 2004 it was "Rattlesnake Shake" and in 2006 he put out an album in the UK called "Talk That Talk".
Although Rick'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.
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Kutztown University grad Rick Vito, guitarist for Fleetwood Mac, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Seger and Jackson Browne, returns to headline renovated hall
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Guitarist Rick Vito performs at Kutztown University on Oct. 24. (RAINER DRECHSLER, FOTEX / September 24, 2003)
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On a December night in 1968, guitarist Rick Vito left Kutztown University and drove with musician friends to the old Electric Factory in Philadelphia to see Fleetwood Mac - then a burgeoning blues band fronted by extraordinary guitarist Peter Green.
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That night, Vito saw his future.
The concert inspired him and his friends, Mark and Dean Wright, to join talents as The Wright Brothers Blues Band, giving Vito his first high-profile music vehicle - a band that played the Lehigh Valley area's most famous haunts, such as Illick's Mill in Bethlehem.
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Twenty years later, Vito became the guitarist in Fleetwood Mac, replacing Lindsey Buckingham.
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On Thursday Oct. 24, Vito, now 63, returns to Kutztown University for its Rockin' Alumni Showcase, sharing a bill with country singer Mark Wayne Glasmire, a Bethlehem native and fellow Kutztown University alumnus.
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But Vito says it was that trip to the Electric Factory that really moved him.
"We were all so knocked out," Vito says of him and the Wrights. "We said, Look, why don't we combine bands, so to speak ... We continued on, inspired by the blues that Fleetwood Mac was doing, because they were really authentic about it. They really had a lot of craft and ... authenticity and that's what we were trying to do."
Vito says they played clubs throughout the greater Lehigh Valley area "quite a few times.
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Vito played on the hits "Tender is the Night" and "Somebody's Baby," from the soundtrack to the movie "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," which was the highest-charting of Browne's career and his last Top 10. He later worked on Browne's platinum album "Lawyers in Love."
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Vito plays the searing slide guitar solo on Seger's 1986 song "Like a Rock," which was a No. 1 rock chart hit.
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In the liner notes to his "Greatest Hits" album, Seger writes that his "fondest memory of this recording is of [co-producer] David Cole listening to Rick Vito play the slide guitar solo late one night at Rumbo Studios in LA.
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Vito also played on Seger's subsequent platinum and gold albums.
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Nine Years Online
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Contrary to the preceding albums, "Like has rock'n'roll" does not bring a tube and that in spite of the presence of Jackson Browne and Rick Vito, the future guitarist of Fleetwood Mac.
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