Tuesday, February 4, 2014
In Review: Rick Droit’s Return of the Firehorse
Those who experienced the wave of free-spirited folk brought to the forefront by The Mamas & the Papas, Peter, Paul and Mary, Neil Young, and dozens of others, will feel almost transported to another time as they hear the music of Rick Droit.
Artist: Rick Droit
CD Title: Return of the Firehorse
Label: Moongarden Records
The Americana genre of music should be considered a blessing to true music lovers. It is where the roaming, modern-day minstrel performer, refusing to conform to the duplicating molds so often produced by mainstream markets of pop, country and rock, will find their place in today’s music world. If a singer has no answer to the question, “Who do you sound like?” they often seek the Americana format.
From this genre comes East Texan singer/songwriter Rick Droit. Rick lives between Deadwood and Nacogdoches while performing across the state of Texas and regionally in the United States.
Rick Droit’s second CD, Return of the Firehorse, was recorded in Austin. It consists of 14 original songs written and performed by Rick.
An impressive list of special guests participated in the recording sessions such as 2010 Texas State Musician Sara Hickman, Mark Hallman – who has worked with the Carole King Band, Dan Fogelberg, Christopher Yarrow – who is the son of Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary and several other well-respected musicians from Texas. Rick Droit’s music is original and fresh, yet there is no mistaking Rick’s influences. The spirit of the 1960s and early 1970s is there to introduce younger listeners to the music of that era.
Those who experienced the wave of free-spirited folk brought to the forefront by The Mamas & the Papas, Peter, Paul and Mary, Neil Young, and dozens of others, will feel almost transported to another time as they hear the music of Rick Droit. If the songs of Return of the Firehorse were somehow sent to a radio station of 1968, I doubt the DJ would hesitate at all in playing a Rick Droit original after a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song followed by one of the Dylan greats of the period. Much like the music of Bob Dylan, Rick Droit’s songs seem to slow down and examine life. According to his manager, “Rick is the type that will go out and just enjoy watching the majesty of the clouds in the sky.”
Those familiar with the Austin music scene will listen to the songs of Return of the Firehorse and notice a subtle mix that quietly says, “Signed … respectfully from the age of folk rock, honorably from the state of Texas.” Rick Droit has just the right formula to embrace the music lovers of another genre and at the same time, introduce a new generation to the fresh ideas and originality of a music that created the largest “musical revolution” of all time.