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Tommy Rickard is a musician born and raised in Northern California. He is a singer/songwriter, drummer and guitarist, currently rooted in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. He started playing drums young and spent his early days in local punk bands, opening shows for the likes of Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Sea Hags, Victim’s Family and Agent Or-ange. A restless search for new challenges, combined with a knack for playing just what songs need, eventually landed Rickard on the road and in the studio with Vain, Linda Perry, Eric Martin, Ronnie Montrose, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and many others, as well as a long list of independent singers, songwriters and producers. All the while he kept at his studies with Bay Area teaching legend, Chuck Brown. While working with Perry, Tommy recorded her Grammy winning song “Beautiful,”which became a #1 single for Christina Aguilera. In 2010 he completed a successful tour of Europe with his bandmates from Vain. As well as playing on the critically acclaimed, 2011 Vain release, Enough Rope. In 2010, and 2012, Tommy also toured the US with former Stone Temple Pilots frontman, Scott Weiland. Most recently Tommy is working on recordings for a new album. Here’s a link to his previous release, “Dream California.” He just finished tracking drums for Todd Herfindal’s upcoming album. He is also co producing, and co directing The Hard Road; a documentary style TV show that is focused on musicians and artists, and their lives journey’s, in pursuit of their creative passions.
As a drummer Tommy Rickard has always worked to convey the story and emotion being told by the singer, songwriter, producer or soloist. Focussing on the dynamics, arrangement and playing the details to accent and support the pieces. Always playing parts with intent and pur-pose, making the song the best it can be. Tommy applies the same approach with to songwriting and production. Listening to the song and capturing the story being told. Helping the artist tell their story, in their unique voice. While enjoying the roller coaster ride that the creative process provides. Available for writing, collboration & co-writing, and production either in person or virtual, connect for more information.
Most recently Tommy was the musical director and drummer for the Bass Player Magazine’s, Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony, for Lemmy Kilmister, at Bass Player Live. As well as being hired as musical director and drummer to play with Celebrity guests such as Ke$ha, Dee Snider, and Tone Loc, at a variety of corporate and private events.
Vain, Roll With the Punches…Drums, and co producing.
Rock Band(2006) Motion capture for the male drummer.
Linda Perry, Drums
Bret Michaels, Drums
Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, Drums
Avonlea Shea, Drums, engineering and production.YouTube
Sean Kingston, Drums
Tone Loc, Drums
Naughty By Natue, Drums
Eric Martin, Drums
Lindsay Bruce, Drums, and production
Todd Herfindal, Drums, and co writes
Rich McCulley, Drums, and co writes
Scott Warren, Drums
Anna Maria Rosales, Drums
Muriielle Adair(drums and production): itunes, YouTube