Rik Ekstrom

Rik Ekstrom


"Inspiration in the wake of fiasco!"


Rik Ekstrom is a songwriter and guitar player from Virginia who has made his home in New York City since 1991. Rik's music draws on northern European and early American traditions, but never strays far from the Grand Epoch of American r&r. As an accomplished finger-style and slide guitar player, Rik interprets music with crafty hands. Simple ideas are rendered with an eye to the details. Rik's songwriting delivers narratives based in plain, unromantic realism and pointed irony. His characters stumble between folly and quiet heroism, and sometimes into homicidal revelation. Rik's playing is said to combine elements of the Piedmont blues ( Rev. Gary Davis via Jorma Kaukonen) and Celtic/American traditional music (Martin Simpson, Kelly Joe Phelps) with a bit of southern Californian folk/pop (Peter Case). In addition to his work as a solo artist, Rik regularly works as a side man and has recorded and performed with a number of artists, including Jenn Clapp, K.P. Devlin, and Joe Rathbone.

Rik Ekstrom has performed at Irving Plaza, the Mercury Lounge, the Living Room, and a number of smaller clubs and listening rooms in New York City. He has been featured at Beacon NY's Corn, Strawberry, and Pumpkin festivals, the Northampton Music Festival, and at Rutgers University. Rik has been a showcase performer at the North American Folk Alliance National Conference and at the New England Folk Alliance Conference. Rik Ekstrom is a member of ASCAP.


"The Philosophy of Brown," The Orchard, 2000.
"Milk White Trousers," scheduled for release in 2007. Tracks available for audio or download at www.myspace.com/rikekstrom

Set List

Depending on the venue, the set list usually comprises between eight and twenty songs and tunes. In a shorter set, there is usually one cover thrown in (Merle Travis, traditional songs, whatever comes to mind and fits the mood). Also, depending on the venue and the crowd, there will be more or less instrumental music.