Making a Scene Presents An Interview with Rick Vito!
Few musicians in recent decades can claim the caliber of credits held by Grammy-nominated guitarist, Rick Vito.
Perhaps best known as a member of the legendary supergroup Fleetwood Mac (1987-1991), Rick brought back the roots and blues quality once found in the band’s original Peter Green era. His original songs are featured on their albums, “Behind The Mask”, “The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac” and “The Chain.” He also appears on their “Greatest Hits” release and the live full length concert DVD, “Tango In The Night”.
Rick later partnered with Mick Fleetwood to form the “Mick Fleetwood Blues Band feat. Rick Vito.” Shortly after the release of their CD, “Blue Again,” Rick was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award in the “Best Traditional Blues” category as both artist and producer.
Vito’s unique slide and lead guitar work has also enriched the recordings and performances of such legendary Rock & Roll, Blues and Country Hall of Fame artists as Bob Seger, Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, John Fogerty, Little Richard, Albert Collins, Boz Scaggs, Dolly Parton, John Prine, Delbert McClinton, Roy Orbison, Jackson Browne, Roger McGuinn, Hank Williams Jr., Stevie Nicks, Todd Rundgren, and scores of others. He has appeared on hundreds of recordings, and his haunting slide guitar solo on Bob Seger’s “Like A Rock,” has been heard by untold millions as the guitar voice on the Chevrolet truck TV commercial ads which ran over a ten year period.
He also received the famed W.C. Handy Award for “Blues Song of the Year,” for “It’s Two A.M.”as performed by Shemekia Copeland. His songs have appeared in the TV shows, “Without A Trace,” “Las Vegas,” “Thieves,” “HBO’s ‘Real’ Series,” “Everwood,” “Memphis Beat,” and most recently, multiple episodes of the highly acclaimed, “Blue Bloods.”
Rick’s solo works include, “King Of Hearts,” (1992) “Pink & Black,” (1997) “Lucky Devils” (2000) “Crazy Cool,” (2003) “Rick Vito Live In Concert” (DVD 2005) “Band Box Boogie,” (2005) “Rattlesnake Shake,” (2006) “Complete Slide Guitar,” (DVD 2007), “Talk That Talk,” “Lucky In Love” (2009) and “Mojo On My Side” (2017).
Look for Rick Vito’s brand new 2019 CD, “Soulshaker,” on Vizztone Records! Also available now are his Slide guitar tutorial from Truefire.com, “Slide Soulshaker,” and the “Rick Vito Soulshaker” Signature model guitar from Reverend Guitars, a major hit at the 2019 NAMM Show in Los Angeles.