Mr. Rick & the Biscuits
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Mr. Rick & the Biscuits

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | INDIE

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | INDIE
Band Americana Folk


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"Whole Grain Review"

Mr. Rick and The Biscuits
Whole Grain (Independent)
What a lovely surprise! This disc just opened multiple musical doors and left the hinges creakin’. A mélange of country swing, gyspy jazz, blues, bluegrass and a few undefined genres in-between, Mr. Rick turns ‘Americana’ to ‘Canadiana’ with such newcore classics as Alberta Springs and the powerful Moonlight In Manitoba. Despite tongues planted firmly in cheeks, there’s no denying the talented musicianship that lies beneath the surface of each of these 14 tracks as Josephus Burns (bass fiddle) and Luther Wheatstraw (guitars) join forces with Mr. Rick while guests Drew Jurecka’s violin and Robert Fenton’s lap steel go a long way towards separating wheat from chaff. From the delicious country blues of Snap Cracklin’ Pop, with Jurecka’s deep-cutting violin to the over-the-top, anthemic strains of Alberta Springs, Mr. Rick and his Biscuits proffer a full-course meal that makes you smile as it satisfies.
Their cover of Bad Moon Risin’ – alone – is enough to reinstate your belief in adding something new to the art of covering over-covered covers. At the same time, Whole Grain stops time – everything old sounds new again, while still remaining true to the traditions Mr. Rick stands for. Without a speck of cereal.
– By Eric Thom - Penguin Eggs Magazine

"Whole Grain"

Mr. Rick & the Biscuits
Whole Grain
By Kerry Doole

Don’t let the rather silly band name of Mr. Rick and the Biscuits put you off. This Toronto, ON-based trio have a very authentic old-time sound, one captured neatly on their new CD (their third), Whole Grain. The band’s style effortlessly fuses country, swing, folk, bluegrass, blues and early jazz, and their understated vocal and instrumental approach creates a mellow, “rocking chair on the porch” vibe. Five original tunes include a couple of nationalistic odes (“Moonlight In Manitoba” and “Alberta Springs”), while they head south of the border for such well-chosen covers as “The Glory Of Love” and “A Fool Such As I” (both sweet treats), “Mean Ole Frisco” and “Stagger Lee.” A version of Creedence classic “Bad Moon Rising” also works really nicely. Guests on accordion, lap steel and violin (local ace Drew Jurecka shines on “Inner Jazzbo”) augment the fluent guitar, banjo, mandolin and stand-up bass pickings of the Biscuits. Goes well with a smooth bourbon. (Independent)
- Exclaim Magazine

"Mr. Rick & The Biscuits, Cocktails and Cornbread"

Rootsy, folksy mash that runs the gamut from fingerpickin' country, tub-thumpin blues, gospel, and Texas swing. Mostly old classics, novelty originals, a surprising take on House of the rising sun. Fans of Doc Watson, Bob Wills and Hank Williams will be happy. "Critics choice"
rating: NNNN - Now Magazine, Elizabeth Bromstein

"Mr. Rick & The Biscuits, Cocktails and Cornbread"

American folk and country revivalists Mr. Rick & the Biscuits are dedicated, hardworking musicians who have earned a righteous reputation in Toronto for their amusing performances and earnest determination to reinvent the sound and style of folk, country, and blues. The trio's research of lost and forgotten archives is formidable, and their reverence for history of the music they play, and for the "official" modus operandi, remarkable. - Toronto Star, Greg Quill

"Cocktails and Cornbread"

Mr. Rick and the boys sound like a great old time jug band, without the jug!! - Mike Regenstreif, Montreal Gazette, Sing Out Magazine

"Mr. Rick & The Biscuits, Cocktails and Cornbread"

Mr. Rick is a fine fingerstyle guitar player and man, these boys can play! - Penguin Eggs, Barry Hammond

"Cocktails and Cornbread"

Killer musicianship, and a delivery that is sexy, lazy and tough. They've sure got it.!!! - Gary Topp

"Mr. Rick & The Biscuits"

"Mr. Rick & The Biscuits are your escorts to a rich musical intersection. Genre lines blur and then disappear. Country blends with rural blues. 50's - era rock'n roll blends with swing, creating a down home finger-pickin' bass-slappin' stew. Then timelines blur and disappear too. What era have we arrived in? Mr. Rick and his cohorts' stage persona is the clever conduit to the era from which the music originates, bringing the past so clearly to the present." - Steve Briggs, The BeBop Cowboys


"Whole Grain" CD ( Custom) 2008
"Cocktails & Cornbread" CD (Indie) 2005
Mr Rick & The Biscuits" CD (Indie) 2001


Bio don't have to venture beyond the first few bars of the opening track of Whole Grain, the trio's third offering, to realize these guys are steeped in old-time country, vintage acoustic blues, swing, classic rock, rockabilly, Tin Pan Alley and much else. And, man, can they play.
"Tub thumping country when cowboys were cowboys and singers were drunks" are a couple of recent quotes desribing the band and it's latest cd.
Having hit a milestone in 2010, Mr. Rick & The Biscuits celebrated their 15th Anniversary and were featured on CBC's VINYL CAFE on the Radio and in Print in Martin Guitars " Sounding Board" magazine.
Mr.Rick and the Biscuits in a word are unique. Mr. Rick was raised on a diet of old 78's, LP's, and the "Roots" music scene of the Mid West during the 1960's, where he developed his style first hand from the likes of Rev. Gary Davis, Merle Travis, Doc Watson and Dave Van Ronk among others.
After some time on the road Mr. Rick met Luther Wheatstraw in Beebeetown Iowa. Luther added a deep knowledge of Blues and Swing and the two hit the road performing wherever the gigs were. It's now been 15 years, ( the boys hit the road when they were minors of course!) and they are one of Toronto's most established and hardest working bands. A young lad who goes by Junior Lipscomb has recently taken on the Bass chair with the band but you can usually find him STANDING and Slapping on it!
A TRIO with two guitars and a Stand up bass can flip easily between Old School Country, Western Swing, to' Tin Pan Alley material, or Country Blues and Jazz. their musical synergy has re-invented and revitalised the sound of " Roots" Music.
Now with their 3rd release "Whole Grain" getting nation wide attention in Canada, they have added A "Canadiana" element to their distinct sound.