Ricky Stein
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Ricky Stein

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF
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"Dallas Morning News Show Write-Up"

Austin newcomer Ricky Stein describes his music as Doug Sahm and Townes Van Zandt mingling with a young Bruce Springsteen. Now there's a lofty trio. On his debut disc, Crazy Days, the 25-year-old singer and songwriter taps into influences such as Wilco, the White Stripes and My Morning Jacket, as well as Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. Stein and his band, the .44, crafted the 10-track Crazy Days, which has nothing but originals. The Austin Chronicle and Austin American-Statesman have already praised the CD. Now Stein aims to expand his reach outside of the capital.
-Mario Tarradell - Dallas Morning News


"Omaha Reader Write-Up"

Austin's Ricky Stein is a 25-year-old indie roots-rocker who's pulling in some rave reviews in a town that's a treasure trove of great musicians. The Austin Chronicle said Stein's 2009 CD Crazy Days is "excellent right out of the gate." While the Austin American-Statesman boldly proclaimed that the debut disc "puts Stein in the valley between Doug Sahm and Townes Van Zandt. Stein's voice is big and fearless, and his band hammers the groove." The Dallas Morning News noted Stein's influences range from Wilco, the White Stripes, My Morning Jacket, and Bob Dyland to the Rolling Stones. Intrigued? Get on over to Louis' in Benson and catch Stein in an acoustic showcase for his new EP In the Red. Free show, cheap drinks, roots-rocker on the rise. No brainer.
-B.J. Huchtemann - Omaha Reader


"Madison Isthmus Feature"

It's 5 o'clock on a Wednesday, and Ricky Stein has spent his afternoon driving from San Marcos, Texas southeast to Lubbock. Tonight he'll perform his original roots-rock songs at Bash Riprock's, a college bar one block west of Texas Tech University. Three hundred and thirty-three miles separates San Marcos and Lubbock, and Stein is driving all of it alone. "I don't mind," he says while he pulls off the road to talk to me by phone. "I actually kind of like it. I've written songs when I'm on the road by myself." This month, Stein will drive alone from bar to coffee shop and state to state, guitar in his back seat. He'll play solo shows in Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconson, Illinois, Missouri, Tenessee, Alabama, and Louisiana, all before Memorial Day. "I just love to play for people," says Stein. "I'm addicted to it." Stein's Madison tour stop is Friday, May 21st at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse. Stein, 26, grew up in Austin. He still lives there when he's not on tour. (cont.)
-Rich Albertoni - Madison Isthmus


"Houston Chronicle Show Write-Up"

Ricky Stein is one of those Americana guys who can go on stage with just an acoustic guitar an leave an audience rapt. And armed with his band, the Warm Guns, he can also blow you away with bluster. The Austin native is a rising talent to watch. - Houston Chronicle


"Statesman Album Review"

Most members of the Warm Guns, led by Ricky Stein, have been playing together for a while, so the band is more a rebranding than a completely new project. On their debut, "Something in the Night," their familiarity shines through, especially on the low key numbers, where the band proves adept at providing a soundtrack for the heat with sounds both mellow and familiar. An acoustic crescendo distinguishes the title track, which opens the album, building like the Allmans' "Melissa." "Oh" is more upbeat, with the band settling into a bouncy groove, and closing track "Sunrise" resembles a balmy summer night, complete with the sounds of crickets as Stein wonders about the promise of another day. - Austin 360 (Austin American Statesman)


Discography

Crazy Days, 2009
In the Red EP, 2010
Something in the Night, 2011

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Bio

Ricky Stein aspires to make music that comes straight from the heart. Whether playing sparse, acoustic-based songs accompanied by harmonica and guitar or bashing out straight-ahead electric garage rock with his band, the Warm Guns, the native Austin singer/songwriter always strives to deliver a performance that is both memorable and meaningful. Already with two critically-acclaimed records out, accompanied by two coast-to-coast tours of the United States, Stein hopes to continue his growth as an artist while expanding his music's reach.

"There's no question that Crazy Days is excellent right outta the gate."
-Margaret Moser, Austin Chronicle

"'Crazy Days' puts Stein in the valley between Doug Sahm and Townes Van Zandt. Stein's voice is big and fearless, and his band hammers the groove on 'Shreveport Blues'"
-Michael Corcoran, Austin American-Statesman

"Ricky Stein is one of those Americana guys who can go on stage with just an acoustic guitar an leave an audience rapt. And armed with his band, the Warm Guns, he can also blow you away with bluster. The Austin native is a rising talent to watch."
-Houston Chronicle