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Ricky Fitzpatrick: Journal

Christmas Music - February 3, 2010

Working on some Christmas pieces for an upcoming project. Great news to come on this, but you'll have to wait til it comes together. :)

Finished "Silent Night" the other night and posted it on the MUSIC page.

Worked on "Little Drummer Boy" last night and got the instrumental tracks down and mixed. Hopefully, will get the vocals done tonight and mixed, then master it all up before the end of the week. I'll post the final file here when I get it done.

After that, moving on to a new song... More to come!

RF

New Music - January 25, 2010

Many of you have already been hearing some of hte instrumental pieces I've been doing lately. And many of you have heard me do periodic pieces over the years too.

Just letting everyone know that I'm writing and producing a LOT of new material, recently. Lots of new things happening...lots of new avenues opening up. And I'm exploring them with new songs.

I love the acoustic guitar (you know that) so most, if not all, of the new songs are predominently acoustic gtr. Lots of tracks. A lot of new and alternate tunings and experiments with sound and equipment.

Be sure to check out the INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC page for much of the latest stuff and of course be sure to keep an ear to the groud, as I'll be spreading the news as things happen.

Til then...peace!

Ricky

Almost Ready!!! - October 12, 2009

“Beside Me All Along” autographed, pre-release CDs are scheduled to arrive 10-22!!! Finally! And if you haven’t ordered yours yet, it isn’t too late…go to https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=7722373 and place your secure order via Paypal. And of course, samples are over at http://www.rickyfitzpatrick.com/music.html. Thank you and God bless!

Beside Me All Along - September 19, 2009

The New CD “Beside Me All Along” is rolling out Nov 1 and pre-orders a re going like crazy. I can hardly believe it. God is truly blessing this project and of course I want to honor Him for all that He is continuing to do.

More news to come as the pace quickens on BMAA. Thank you everyone who has pre-ordered your autographed copies! I can’t wait to see everyone at your home churches and festivals.

Til then…Love in Christ, Ricky

Desperately Seeking A Songwriter; Press Release 8-13-09 - August 13, 2009

NORTH GEORGIA - Local singer/songwriter Ricky Fitzpatrick is sending out
the call to all individual performing songwriters in the North Georgia
area who would like to be considered for a “very special concert event”.

The “very special concert event” is still under wraps…for now. But
Fitzpatrick promises that it will be “unique, exciting, entertaining and
something that the entire community will be thrilled to see and hear.”

According to him, “All I’ll reveal at this point is that we’ll be asking
the artists selected to simply perform a handful of their original songs,
solo, unplugged and with the acoustic guitar, banjo or mandolin only. No
other instruments, singers or background accompaniment can be used.”

Artists may be professional or amateur or anywhere in between. Previous
recording, touring and/or publishing experience is not a requirement,
although performing experience, website(s) and an established fan base are
pluses. However, you absolutely must write and perform original songs,
only. No cover songs allowed.

Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Americana, AAA, MOR, Pop and Rock genres are
preferred. “If your music is heavy, mad, screaming, explicit or vulgar”
according to Fitzpatrick, “that’s cool. But this may not be a project for
you.”

For more information and for consideration, please email your name,
website, phone number and any biographical and/or musical history
information to: ricky@rickyfitzpatrick.com before October 1, 2009.
Selections are scheduled to be made by November 1.

Further information will be posted and updated regularly at
www.rickyfitzpatrick.com.

Hey Jude! - May 18, 2009

For those who haven't heard yet, Landan Jude Fitzpatrick was born 4-30-09 at 5:32AM, 6lbs 6oz and 19 ½ inches long. Yes, it was quick. Yes, we drove 90 MPH from Jefferson to Athens and through downtown at 4-something in the morning. And yes, if we had not driven that fast, we would absolutely have delivered Jude in the car. It was way too close for comfort. Whew.

Drama from day one.

Everyone is fine though. Cretia and Jude are doing great. She is glowing and mothering and acting like she was made to be a new mama. He is perfect and mild mannered and poops a lot. I mean, a lot. Emma loves having a brother and is holding and touching and “petting” him every chance she gets.

Also, check out a few pix on the photos page as well.

Peace!...

Ricky

The Celebrity Maker Interview - December 16, 2008

Eileen Parker runs/hosts a very cool blog called The Celebrity Maker. TCM is a huge blog with hundreds of members, a wide range of topics and over 25,000 visitors a day (according to the stats on the page)! They basically get behind the scenes with the people who make it happen for the people we all know and remember. A fantastic resource from a very seasoned professional, PR pro and honestly, quite friendly lady. Anyway, Eileen wanted to do an interview with me earlier in the year about how an indie musician does it. So I said “yes” (duh!). Here’s the link that very nice interview…check it out! Thanks Eileen!

The Celebrity Maker Blog – Interview with Ricky Fitzpatrick.

Myspace passes the 20K views mark! - November 25, 2008

Who would’ve guessed that just a few months after jumping into the world of P2P and Myspace, that we’d be seeing the page view count go over 20,000? Wow. It’s been a fantastic ride so far, and here’s to many more milestones to come. Thanks everyone for your support! Peace…Ricky

New stuff... - September 4, 2008

Lots of new things happening. Wow! Where to begin...? Emma's SOng is a #1 download in the UK! Ballad of BTK got over 7200 downloads in a single day! The new CD is late but coming up! New Xmas music is on the way! Oh, and we just teamed up with youlicense.com to have my songs (and many previously unreleased instrumentals) licensed out for commericals, TV, film, etc. We have very high hope...it's a super opportunity! Thank you to everyone!!! You guys are still kickin it! Thanks for making it happen! Hope to see yall out soon. Peace...Ricky

Ringtones...! - August 11, 2008

Myxer has chosen Ballad of BTK as a pick of hte day...wowser! I'm thrilled! Already looking like ringtones are freaking going crazy...more today (at 10:45 AM) than all the last 6 mos combined! If you haven't gotten a ringtone, go get it over at www.myxer.com/rickyfitz or Text RICKYF to 69937 (MYXER).

News from the Middle Digit - July 3, 2008

Well, it will soon be 4 weeks since the quite stressful table saw episode. I have officially lost all the ever-loosening pieces of my nail, the stitches are out, of course, and I STILL cannot play the guitar with all fingers. But I do try to play and practice, fingering freak-style looking chords, making new fingerings up as I need to and generally shooting a bird the entire time I’m playing. Take it as you will. Obviously, no gigs since the saw. But I am writing, arranging music in my head. Looking forward to recording soon. NADD may be a little late since I haven’t been able to record, but I’m confident it will all work out. Hope to hear from everyone soon…have a great and safe 4th. Peace…Ricky

Myspace Top Artists...climbing...! - June 10, 2008

Thanks to all the fans…newbies AND veterans…Myspace has me ranked #41 in the Unsigned Folk Artist genre for the entire state of GA! Up 10 spots from just a week ago!

Thank you, guys…you are the awesomest!

Let’s keep it going! Please post a quick Myspace bulletin for all your friends or send them an email…and tell them to come on over to

www.myspace.com/rickyfitzpatrickmusic
and check things out.

Peace…Ricky

Breaking news from Planet Stupid... - June 9, 2008

This past weekend, I decided to run my finger through a table saw. Didn’t seem to bother the table saw all that much, but my poor old finger has a fractured bone and seven lovely stitches running right through the middle of the tip and what’s left of my nail. Ouch!

I’ve been asked about a million times if I can still play the guitar (yes, it was my left hand). Needless to say, no guitar playing for A WHILE. And although I had visions of my career going straight to hell, it should be back to normal soon, assuming the nerve endings aren’t permanently F’d up. We’ll just have to wait and see. On the lighter side, I do get to walk around shooting a permanent bird at everyone…pretty cool.

Luckily, the Pre-release show for the new CD (@ Borders in Athens, GA) isn’t til the end of July. Bad thing, I can’t do much of anything in the studio to FINISH the tracks to go on it. You gotta love fate. But we’re working it out.

Anyway, stay tuned, have faith and thank God for whoever invented Loritab!

Peace…Ricky

Moby in the Morning - May 30, 2008

Holy cow. So much is happening...it's hard to keep up. Since my last entry, we've resurrected WRFM so you can listen to RF tunes online all day, 24/7. ezFolk has selected me to be a Featured Artist on their Singer/Songwriter homepage. Awesome. And the Moby in the Morning Show has used "Emma's Song" for the second time as background music during the Smalltown Soapbox segment. Very cool. Moby goes out to 9 differnt major Country stations in GA, TN, WV, AL, AR...is that it? I can't remember. But it's a LOT. Thanks everyone for your ongoing support! Life is good. Peace...Ricky

Myspace Top Artist (music) Charts - May 19, 2008

FYI, according to Myspace traffic reports and the Top Artist Charts, I posted this morning as one of the Top 50 Acoustic Artists in North GA! Awesome. Myspace page views (over at www.myspace.com/rickyfitzpatrickmusic), song plays and messages are at an all-time high and growing every single day, and I certainly owe a debt of gratitude to everyone for their ongoing support!

Also, we also hit the Folk and Folk Rock charts for one of the Top 100 artists in the entire state of GA. Also VERY cool.

Keep it up! And thank you!

Ricky

New Stuff for Summer 08 - May 2, 2008

Lots of new stuff in the works. We are planning a new CD for release in August, called “Not A Dark Day”. As usual, there will be solo acoustic piece on there, but this is the most commercial, radio-friendly recording we’ve ever planned. Lots of tracks. Lots of music. Lots of surprises. And some of the best songs I’ve ever written…in my opinion of course. (Ha!) Our biggest undertaking to date. So stay tuned and get ready for the best RF release ever.

Also signed up for Amie Street’s digital download program. Very cool. Very cheap for me and the fans. Lots of songs are still free. Over 200 downloads so far this week…and still going. Yeah! “Emma’s Song” is kicking it…well into the top ten on AS’s Folk/Acoustic Charts. I’m stoked.

Nashville Notes, Oct 07 - October 30, 2007

Everyone's been emailing calling, coming over and asking me about the Nashville trip (and I love it), but I thought I'd just type up a brief overview of it and let everyone know how things went.

The trip was wonderful, to say the least. I had hoped for positive feedback on the songs I had written and some excitement about my singing. We got lots of both. I pitched several songs (Mississippi Moonshine, Forever & A Day, Ballad of BTK) to several publishers, made a ton of co-writing connections with rising and soon-to-be rising stars in town, learned to navigate the Nashville Interstate system (or lack thereof) and got to hear and meet some of the real heroes who are writing the hits we hear today. There were a lot of folks - Joe Leathers who wrote "(I Thought I Was) Tough", Chuck Allen Floyd (another major writer in town), Nicole Witt (incredible singer and writer and she just signed a deal with Curb Records), Barry Dean (writer of "God's Will"/Martina McBride and "Small"/Carrie Underwood's newest single). We were just spellbound.

Also hung out a lot with Barbara Cloyd, who is the big-time Nashville person to know, plus she runs the talent at both the Bluebird Cafe and Lyrix Cafe. Barbara also wrote "I Guess You Had to be There" (Lorrie Morgan). We had dinner at her house, drank a few beers and then jammed with a dozen or so of the other writers til about 2AM. Good times. We got to hit The Bluebird Café, Richard's and River Street Café. All with either amazing food, entertainment or both. Also made our rounds to Tootsie's, The Stage, Legends, The Ryman and of course 16th avenue, home to every record label in town like Curb, Lyric Street, Universal, Sony.

Things do move slow for writers and artists in Music City, and it all comes down to who you know. And this was my first trip up in a while. So this is not the top of the stairs. But it was so unbelievably productive and necessary and now we are just watching the road, keeping things in gear and moving forward. Also, the chance to co-write is critical in Nashville and co-writing with someone already established is about the only way in. So we're developing those relationships, planning co-writing sessions with people who are in turn, co-writing with the major players. Then that will turn into the next step of writing with the hit-makers and getting radio play and so on.

Unbelievable trip though. I was shocked for people to make such a fuss over my songs and my singing. Tons of co-writing offers, already. It was exciting and humbling. But it did validate things for me. The reaction to what we did was enough to convince me that we belong there. I don't feel like a fish out of water now…just a tiny fish in a huge pond.

And that was pretty much, the trip. Hopefully, more good news to come, down the road!

Music City Bound - October 19, 2007

We are headed out next week up the road to Nashville. Been a long, long time since I visited the center of the songwriter’s universe, but it feels good to be cruising back up there. The ride, alone is worth the trip. The country is so beautiful. I’ll be playing songs for a few publishers and anticipating good news on that. Thanks everyone, for your support thus far. The web site is rockin’ and the Myspace site just added its 1000th friend! And we’re still adding 20-50 friends every single day! Good things are on the horizon. I’ll snap lots of pix, grab a few videos and share them when we get back. Also, Ashley at The Times in Gainesville may be doing something of a pictography of the trip. Stay tuned for that. Til we hit red clay again…take care. Peace…Ricky

Autumn Leaf Fest 07 - October 8, 2007

What a great day! Saturday at the ALF 07 was just perfect. Huge crowd, great fans, good sound (thanks Mark!). Thank you Taresa for bringing your camera...you have an unbelievable eye. Thanks Donna for bringing Zander (?). Sam & George, sorry you couldn't make it this time. Ruby, I'm so sorry I missed you and Buddy! Clarice, it was so good to see you there. Pastor and Mrs A, so good to see y'all again...the dance team was remarkable! Esther, thanks for reminding me about the good old days at Wally World! :) Kim & John, thank you for being the very best of friends and being so supportive. Robert, what a pleasure to meet you...hope you enjoy the CD. And Kevin, Ashley and Mason, thank you a million for making my day truly memorable. For everyone who didn't make it, no sweat. See you Oct 19 at Borders in Athens!

Update from HPM performance at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - October 5, 2007

Just off of a performance at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rites. Absolutely amazing. After a fairly cool drive downtown to ATL, I made my way into the colossal (and beautiful) CHOA building that covers…seemed like, several city blocks. Perfectly mannered receptionists made me welcome and I toured the lobby and snapped a few pix while waiting. Peggy Douglas, my volunteer coordinator came down and took me up to the play room, which is where I would perform.

A few chairs, tune up, washing of the hands and I was ready to go.

The kids were prompt and timely. Wow. ( Why do we get late-itus as we get older???) But they came in…some in wheelchairs, some with masks over their little faces, some with IVs and other implements that let the world know how sick they were. But amazingly, I didn’t hear any of them complain or whine or beg for pity. They were just…kids. 2-5-sih. Goofy. Silly. Amazingly intelligent. And cool.

We kicked it off with “Oh Susannah”, which the kids dug, but the parents and staff liked even more. James Taylor comparisons started up. Then we got down to a little John Denver “Country Roads” and the kids were warming up. I think they were liking the guitar more than me.

Finally, after discovering that we had a couple of budding musicians in our midst, we broke out the heavy stuff. “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, “The ABC Song” and “The Wheels on the Bus” and we were rockin’! I found out quick that the right song makes all the difference.

We rocked on with a mix of favorite kid songs along with classic pop and country stuff. Even threw in an original with “Jot ‘Em Down”…which brought up an intro to a lady and her son who live in Maysville. Cool. We also sang an impromptu performance of “123 Like a Bird I Sing” at the request of her son. We all then learned the meaning of “on the fly”.

We also learned about Dobie Gray and all rocked on to “Drift Away”…kids and parents alike and then capped off the set with a killer performance of “Supercalifragileisticexpialidocious”, which the kids thought was an amazing word.

All in all, it was truly the best experience I’ve ever had, in my entire musical career. Really. It was magical. To see the smiles and hear the laughter and see the kids singing and clapping and doing the “spider” motions…it made me realize that as musicians, we really do have an incredible gift. Not that we’re the greatest vocalist or guitarist or writer…or maybe we are…but regardless of our LEVEL of talent, we have the ABILITY to completely change a person’s life. Not just their day, but a life.

I’ll be doing this now ‘til I die. This was like a dream for me. If you are a musician, contact me about how you can get involved with the Healing Power of Music. And if you aren’t, contact me to help volunteer in other areas. I promise, you will never be the same.

Ricky

HPM CD - September 13, 2007

The new group HPM is just flat-out taking off! I never expected people to be so responsive to it. We are gathering sponsorship form corporate America and planning some very cool stuff. We also have a CD in the works, with some of our affiliated artists from as far away as Ireland, Australia, the UK, Canada...heck, even New York City! Serioulsy, you'll love it. Keep an ear to the ground! Til next itme...later! Ricky

VOTING IS OPEN! Doh!!! - September 5, 2007

VOTING IS OPEN

…for the Simpsonized Fan Giveaway! Go on over to the PICTURES page, find your favorite Simpsonized fan pic in the SIMPSONIZED FANS & FRIENDS folder and post their name in the POST YOUR COMMENTS section.

Winners will be announced Sept 20, so that doesn’t leave much time. Get your vote in…get your friends to vote…vote as many times as you want…prizes include CDs, tshirts, free music downloads, autographed items, redeemable Fitz Bucks and more!

Every vote wins a "secret" prize!

See you there!

Ricky

Healing Power of Music - THANK YOU!!! - September 5, 2007

Just a quick word to everyone…concert bookings for The Healing Power of Music group are looking great. We have shows booked at:

BJC Medical Center, Commerce, GA
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

And we are discussing arrangements with representatives at:

Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens, GA
St Mary’s Healthcare System, Athens, GA
NE GA Medical Center, Gainesville, GA

Things are developing absolutely perfectly. I am so excited to see so many people reaching out to these activities. We are truly going to be touching a lot of people and making a real difference for them.

If you have any suggestions for additional places to contact, patients who may enjoy a concert or families or organizations who could use the help of HPM, financially, please let us know so we can get in touch.

Thank you, all, for your kindness and willingness to share your musical gifts for the healing of others. NEVER underestimate the power of a song!

Ricky

For more information on how you can learn more, volunteer or become a friend of The Healing Power of Music, please go to http://groups.myspace.com/healingpowerofmusic.

Saving Grace - September 5, 2007

Thank you to everyone who came out to Saving Grace this past Saturday night. I had a WONDERFUL time and I hope you all did too. Thanks to all our new friends who signed up as Moonshiner fans! Thanks to all the folks who took home CDs and teeshirts. Thank you, Dalton for being our camera-man. (The video is a hit!) What a wonderful night and what a great chance for me to get to know NEW friends see some OLD friends and catch up while time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’. If you don’t know what I mean, then you’re probably still young enough to think that times creeps. Nah…it flies! And never does it fly faster than the couple of hours I get to sing and play. Wow, it’s never long enough. Thanks everyone for making my night such a memorable one. Here’s to you…and here’s to many more evenings together! See you next time. Ricky

TOP TEN baby! - August 22, 2007

Just got word today that Ballad of BTK is in the top ten on GA Jukebox. Whoa! What a cool thing! It's never been about popularity or things lke that, but it is remarkably validating to see something like that...AND to share the chart with artists that I see doing great things like Zac Brown, Corey Smith and the Drive By Truckers. I love my job! :)
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