Rick Melick

Rick Melick


Vicious Vibrant, Live and Lavish, Dirty Sleazy groove driven funk ... rock solid arse movin' piano & hammond feels with some stinging guitar ... add lashings of all the best RnB,jazz and roots influences ...


Rick Melick’s time has come. After years of keyboard duties as a side man to many of Australia’s great rock and rhythm & blues acts he is stepping out front to bring his own fresh and unique approach to RnB, funk and soul music.

Among the many gigs in a career that spans two decades you can include Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter, (Steely Dan & Doobie Bros.) Dragon, Jon Stevens, Stevie Wright, Marc Hunter, Glenn Shorrock, Brian Cadd, Doug Parkinson and Jimmy Little.

Internationally he has shared the stage with Queen, Roxy Music, Brian Ferry, B.B. King, Chicago, ZZ Top, The Neville Brothers, Tony Joe White, Ben Harper, Meatloaf and Mick Fleetwood. In late 2005 he was invited to Las Vegas for the new Joe Bonamassa offering 'You and Me' (www.jbonamassa.com).

Although Rick has played on over 30 CD’s he has a very special place in his heart for his professional and personal relationship with the late John Denver which culminated in the piano and orchestra recording of the international hit single ‘For You’.

Television has also featured in his capacity as a composer and currently he has the theme music for ‘Escape With ET’ on air, and scored the music for the TV pilot 'Road To Adventure.' He has also composed for film.

Rick has chosen a repertoire for his band which not only includes his RnB and funk influenced original songs but also draws on the world’s greatest modern artists such as Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Otis Redding, The Neville Bros., B. B. King, Tim Buckley, Jon Cleary, and Ben Harper and plays them with a unique and inspirational bent.

With a track record like this, it is not unreasonable for Rick to be able to call upon a talent bank of musicians of exceptional ability, with credits spanning from Richard Clapton and Vannessa Amerossi to Jimmy Barnes, Absent Friends, Wendy Matthews & James Reyne.

When you take a bunch of Australia's best touring and studio musicians and let them play the music they really love, then you have a world class rhythm and blues band that is The Rick Melick Band


stereo ricardo ... sister be good
John Swann…..Bushido
Freak Show…..VFS-cd-001
Pearls & Swine…..Far King Great
The Stetsons…..Set #2
Allan Caswell…..Hatless In Seattle
Wrecking Crew…..Fun in the Doghouse
John Denver…..Higher Ground (U.S.A.)
Dave Debs…..Love That Drive
Haskell Daniel…..Harry Telefonte (comedy)
The Crosby Sisters…..Coming On Strong
Shauna Jensen…..LIVE
Sponge…..New Pop Sundae (U.S.A.)
David Adams…..Poppies
Peggy van Zalm…..Revival
Steve Gibson…..The Edge
Steve Gibson…..The Wishing Well
Musical Times Tables…..ABC for Children
The Healing Sixes…..Enormosound (U.S.)
Ian Hopkinson…..Class Clown
Ian Hopkinson…..So Far Gone
Trysette…..French Kiss
Anne-Marie Keleher…..Hold Me
Jimmy Little …..Down The Road
James Blundell ..... Deluge
Joe Bonamassa ..... You and Me (U.S.A.)

Set List

Partial Song List:
99lbs (Koko Taylor)
Church House Steps (Blind Boys From Alabama)
Crossroads (Robert Johnson)
Just Kissed My Baby The Meters)
I Just Wanna Make Love To You (Muddy Waters)
Let The Good Times Roll (B B King)
Lonely Avenue (Van Morrison version)
Move With Me (Tim Buckley)
Steer Me Right (Neville Bros)
Sitting Here In Limbo (Jimmy Cliff)
Strut (Jimmy Smith & Taj Mahal)
Talk To Your Daughter (Robben Ford)
That's A Pretty Good Love (Charles Brown)
Wade In The Water (Traditional)
Why Can't We Live Together (Timmy Thomas)
Wayfaring Stranger (Traditional- Eva Cassidy vers)