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Tommy Rickard

Drummer, Producer, Musical Director, Singer/Songwriter, & Educator

Tommy Rickard

Drummer, Producer, Musical Director, Singer/Songwriter, & Educator

Tommy Rickard

Drummer, Producer, Musical Director, Singer/Songwriter, & Educator

Tommy Rickard

Drummer, Producer, Musical Director, Singer/Songwriter, & Educator

Tommy Rickard

Drummer, Producer, Musical Director, Singer/Songwriter, & Educator

Tommy Rickard

Drummer, Producer, Musical Director, Singer/Songwriter, & Educator

About

About

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.

Current Projects

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.

A new solo album is also in the works. And scheduled for a Fall 2016 release.

Credits

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
Vain, 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

Follow

Good times! Looking forward to seeing some of these familiar faces on Sept 15th in Santa Rosa, the 16th in CO, and on the 17th, at the Hair Nation Festival in Irvine.My new best friend, with my other best friends.. #soultonecymbals #soultonefamily #gretschdrums #futuresonics #vicfirthdrumsticks #aquariandrumheads #gibraltarhardware
Bringing the rock back to our hometown. It’s been WAY too long.Proud to be part of @aquariandrumheads rock team. And more proud to be a…Canadiens???? :) #gretschdrums #futuresonics #vicfirthdrumsticks #soultonecymbals #soultonefamily
I’m very serious about my background vocals. #vain #rollwiththepunchesThe hair may change, but the expression stays the same. #tbt

Lessons

Tommy Rickard approaches teaching in a fun, creative, and inspiring yet disciplined way. Creating a lesson plan that engages students with their favorite songs, introducing Motown grooves and instilling a solid foundation including snare solos written for drum corps. Each lesson plan is uniquely crafted for the student’s individual personality, talent and desires. Studying extensively with the legendary Chuck Brown, and Mike Johnston, Tommy has leveraged years of experience and learnings in his approach to teaching. Rooted in the San Francisco Bay Area and am often in Los Angeles for studio work, performances and instructions. Virtual lessons via Skype or YouTube are offered as well as one-on-one or group lessons. To schedule, or for more information contact me via the Contact page.

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