The Rich Fabec Band
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The Rich Fabec Band

Anna, Illinois, United States | SELF

Anna, Illinois, United States | SELF
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The Rich Fabec Band @ JeLeniz Martini Bar

Mattoon, Illinois, USA

Mattoon, Illinois, USA

The Rich Fabec Band @ Blues, Bikes, and BBQ

Fayetteville, Alaska, USA

Fayetteville, Alaska, USA

The Rich Fabec Band @ Blues, Bikes, and BBQ

Fayetteville, Alaska, USA

Fayetteville, Alaska, USA



"Fabec has some tricks up his sleeve...wonderfully slinky guitar lines."-Michael Molenda GP Editor-in-Chief

"Guitar Guru" Vince Hoffard-Southern Illinoisan.

"I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the RFB in person and they are even better than this CD can capture! A great band!!" - Michael Molenda, Editor in Chief

Fabec has some tricks up his sleeve...Wonderfully slinky guitar lines. - Guitar Player Magazine

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the RFB in person and they are even better than this CD can capture! A great band!! Catch them if you can - Rich on Lead Guitar, Danny Vinson on Bass Guitar, and John Shadowens on Drums make up this hard driving full sounding blues band. All three playing since their youth and this experience definitely shows. Rich even did a year at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston and played in Nashville before settling in southern Illinois.
This solid CD has 11 tracks all of which have and kick a solid groove.

Here’s a rundown of the tracks:

1 – One Day – Nice easy blues to get it started. Good groove
2 – Name Your Poison – Great title track that has cool chording
3 – We’ll See – My fave sound – a slow painful blues. Get a beer and a butt and enjoy
4 – Can’t Miss What Ya Never Had – Back in the groove with a nice “counter” blues
5 – Walk Me Home – This tracks along like a fast Delta song should
6 – Lew’s Blooz – Super fast country blues. Some Nashville influence here
7 – Runaway – Good R & B riffs. The vocals stretch a bit though
8 – King of the World – Cool and clever. Overdubbed I’d guess but very well
9 – One Tear Fell – Gritty blues get a beer and a butt and enjoy
10 – Tears In The Rain – Beautiful guitar demo of Rich’s skills
11 – Midnight Train – Great slide Delta blues. My fave on the CD
In person the RFB gets a 4.8 on the old STLBluesometer, this CD gets a 4.7.

Coming back full stride with his latest release, Name Your Poison (Mercy Seat Records), The Rich Fabec Band has managed well to serve up some pretty tasty blues/rock courtesy of Fabec’s blistering guitar work and very capable songwriting.

The band consists of Fabec on lead guitar and vocals, Danny Vinson on bass and John “big sound” Shadowens on skins. Both Vinson and Shadowens surround Fabec with a rhythm section one can be proud of. One noteworthy accomplishment from Fabec’s last recording to this one is his improved vocals that have seemed to find their niche in the blues/rock idiom that Fabec delivers beautifully being the sole vocalist on Name Your Poison.

The opening tune, "One Day," leads off in fine form in a slightly rollicking mood giving Fabec the room to show off his picking prowess. In "Walk Me Home" we get treated to Fabec’s slide work in all its fine glory. "We’ll See" smolders nicely as the tempo slows down a bit for some laid back blues. But a few tunes later on "Lew’s Blooz" Fabec speeds things up considerably on this fast paced instrumental. Here, Fabec has something to show for all those years playing and teaching. It looks like it paid off in spades. We take a slight diversion on "Tears in the Rain" with a smoothly rendered instrumental that once again proves Fabec knows how to play in any style and convince us of that fact. Closing out the disc, Fabec chooses to entertain us with just his voice and some enjoyable Delta slide on the tune "Midnight Train."

You should truly take a listen to "Name Your Poison" and become a Rich Fabec fan like myself. No disappointment here. For more info and to sample some tunes, check out and for info and samples from his first release. Good listening.
--- Bruce Coen
- Blues Bytes,com


Talking to Shadows
Name Your Poison



The RFB have been jamming throughout the mid west for 4 yrs. they have brought their unique brand of blues/jam to IL, MO, KY, AR, IA, PA, NY, TN and are expanding even more throughout the country. The first CD Talking to Shadows was released in 2006 and was met with great reviews and sales. the 2nd CD Name Your Poison was an even bigger step forward. It received great reviews and sold in th U.S. and internationally. It was given a 4.8 out of 5 by and also was named a CD worthy of mention by the Carbondale Nightlife.
All during this time the band continued to play shows and their live reputation continued to grow.
The 3rd CD the band is poised to make an even bigger impact. No less than Guitar Player magazine said "Fabec has some trickes up his sleeve..wonderfully slinky guitar lines."