Nina Ricci
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Nina Ricci

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
Solo Folk Americana


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Nina Ricci, a singer and songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee, creates music relevant to current times and keeps her footing in folk revival music in her debut album Designs On Me. Born in Atlanta, Nina has lived in the Nashville area most of her life and has been active on the local music circuit. She declares, “I’m a storyteller,” “Each song on this album tells its own story.” The seven selections reflect poetic elements of her imagination. Nina tells her stories and demonstrates a range of artistic sensibilities and influences. She also carefully reveals her sentimental side as an artist in the album’s title track, singing along with a smooth mix of violins, accordion and pedal steel sounds: “We’ve traded looks that lock in place, that light up in the other’s face, the kind that keeps you twined for life, the everloving mystery.” In “Folk City,” she speaks with an open heart about a visit to Greenwich Village, NYC, where her dad lived in the 1970’s. Nina sketches dream-like images of what the hip scene was like in the late 1950s and early 1960’s as she follows “the embers of fallen footsteps.” She draws upon long-lost rhythms of the Village’s hallowed grounds; maybe it’s the staccato movement of curious passersby on a Saturday night at the intersection of MacDougal and Bleecker streets. “I stop on the sidewalk and watch the sway of ghostly teenagers of yesterday.” The composition, “If I Wear Blue,” begins with a lilting Klezmer violin playing in three/four time, as she ponders the fallout behind the spectrum of color she feels and wears—especially blue. “I’ve always had a pattern or odd combinations of hues and of dyes, yellow, magenta and blue.” But instead of providing vivid clarity, this swirl of colors becomes a baffling kaleidoscope of complicated emotions. “I hate spinning circles in the same direction.” Nina confesses that her album is a mixture of many colors and emotions, but she says, “there was a peace all along that it was going to come out as it should be. There’s nothing like getting an education and then implementing what you’ve learned in living color.” In the process, Nina found her “sound and strength” as a musician. With this album, and with all the colors it contains, she embarks on a musical journey to share her voice with others.

—Michael C. Gabriele, author of New Jersey Folk Revival Music: History & Tradition


released March 20, 2018

Nina Ricci- Lead Voice and Acoustic Guitar
Jo Cleary- Violin and Background Vocals; Kelli Johnson- Background Vocals;
Eddie de Pool- Background Vocals; Ben Clay- Lead Guitar and Background Vocals;
Jon Upton- Piano; Garry Adams- Mandolin and Banjo;
Jeff Taylor- Accordion; Syneva Colle- Cello;
Perley Curtis- Pedal Steel and Dobro;
Will Cafaro- Upright and Electric Bass; David Huff- Drums



"To those who follow folk music, Nina Ricci has been said to be 'reminiscent of a young Joan Baez,' and 'one of the great voices in folk music today.' John Paul White of the Civil Wars noted similarity to the doll of country music, Dolly Parton. Her characteristic vibrant long tones sustained by a hypnotic vibrato are the features of the voice of a young woman who has studied her craft. 

Nina always felt that she wanted to emerge out of the folk music world, for she believes in the value of having roots. While not solely a “traditional” singer, Nina interprets folk songs from the patchwork of the Americana quilt, giving a new voice to songs that have a seemingly never-ending life. In 2018, Nina released her debut album Designs On Me, containing 7 distinctive original songs. Nina’s own music is very personal, although not an autobiographical writer, her experiences and perspectives are made known through her storytelling. While her earlier work had a broad and impetuous feeling, Nina’s vision has matured over time and gained more understanding. Her lyricism has a poetic quality, yet has a way of coming across the table to meet audiences head-on. It’s clear in her on-stage presentation that Nina requires her audience to do more than sit back and listen, but to come with the preparation of an educated ear. She balances her songs on the neck of her polished rosewood Taylor, which she plays folk finger-style, using ProPik and aLaska fingerpicks. Having spread her wings with a new fully produced, full-band album, Nina is returning to her mainstay as a solo folksinger and songwriter this year as she continues to grow as an artist." 

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