Rick's Music Page
Background - I have played guitar for about 20 years. I have played in several cover bands over the years. I have always loved guitar solo's. I always thought that the perfect song was a song that ended with a really cool emotional guitar solo.
Examples would be:
Life Without You - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Sultan's of Swing - Dire Straights
The Chain - Fleetwood Mac
Anyway, pretty much every song I record is just a chance to record a solo. And the real test of success for me is to burn the song to CD, get driving in my car and listen to it. If I get into in the car, then I have succeeded. Each of these songs pass that test for me. Another thing I'll say it that I don't plan solo's out. All of these are one take solos. I may record five or six takes, but then I pick one of them and that is it.
Driver Eight - Song written by REM. David Lebovitz on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Rick Hedrick on electric guitar, back up vocals, beginning guitar solo and end solo.
Horse with no name - Song written by America. David Lebovitz on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Rick Hedrick on electric guitar, back up vocals lead in solo and end solo.
Drift Away - Written by someone, not sure. David Lebovitz on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Rick Hedrick on electric guitar, back up vocals lead in solo and end solo.
Peter Gunn - Written by Henry Mancini. Instrumental, Rick on all guitars. A couple of things I like about this piece is the lead in when the drums start. That came out nice. And this has a really tasty guitar solo in the middle.
Here I Stand - Written by Rick. The whole song was written so I could try to record my acoustic guitar. Rick on vocals and guitars
Hand Me Downs - Written by the Indigo Girls. Rick on vocals and guitars. Nice ending guitar solo on this one.
Fusion like Jam - This is a two chord instrumental jam, something like Am7 and A#maj7. This jam was recorded quickly so it isn't polished at all, but it has some nice moments. Rick on all instruments.
Hand Me Downs - Written by the Indigo Girls. This is a shorter version of the song recorded earlier then the one listed above. The highlight is the guitar solos at the end of the song. Really my favorite. The vocal leave a lot to be desired on this one. Rick on all instruments and vocals.
Sudden Samba - Written by Neil Larsen. This is a really cool song. I don't really have a good arrangement on this one. I just can't really figure out what it needs. But, there are moments where it comes together. Parts of the soloing is nice. I also think some of the soloing is a little over the top for this piece. This is an instrumental. Rick plays all the instruments.
I'll Be Your Man - Written by Rick Hedrick. This is an original. It is really just a nice groove with me singing to make it a song. As I said earlier, I love to write songs to solo over. Well, here is a song that I have not been able to record a good solo for. I have tried and tried, but I just don't like what I am coming up with. I may have to orchestrate a solo for this one. Rick on vocals, bass, and guitars.
Autumn Leaves - This is a jazz standard, I don't recall who it is written by. I had music for this song but had never heard it. Later when I heard the song, I could believe how different it was. My version here is so "white boy played soooo straight" it is comical. And yet, it is still kind of a cool piece. I have some nice solos and a little harmony guitar thing going on late in the song. This is an instrumental. All instruments played by Rick.
Cantaloupe Island - Written by Herbie Hancock. This is another one where I had music too and had never heard the song. This is an instrumental. All instruments played by Rick.