Steeped in roots music, Rick Fines crafts a unique blend of warm-hearted blues, juke joint folk, and dockside soul that both embraces and defies the genres that influence him. As a veteran of the North American blues and folk circuits, he engages audiences with captivating songs, diverse guitar styling and his signature vocal growl. Rick’s storied career has seen him working in stellar collaboration and as a successful solo act. First gaining attention as part of the legendary Jackson Delta, he’s since released four solo albums, another with his own Rick Fines trio, and a critically acclaimed disc with fellow troubadour, Suzie Vinnick. Along the way he has racked up both awards and accolades. His 15-year stint with Jackson Delta received both Juno and Handy award nominations. His partnership with Suzie garnered a Maple Blues Songwriter of the Year Award. On his own, he’s pulled in two more Maple Blues Awards (for Solo Act of the Year), as well as an astonishing eight other nominations. While his songwriting chops won him a 2003 International Songwriting Competition, he’s equally proficient on guitar – having played for legendary blues piano player Pinetop Perkins, songstress Colleen Peterson, folk icon Penny Lang, and many others.
Equally at home alone at the microphone or leading a stage of fellow players, Rick has performed everywhere from the National Gallery and Governor General’s Garden Party to Montreal Jazz, Ottawa BluesFest, the Edmonton Folk Festival, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. International tour highlights include visits to France, Italy, Scotland, Newfoundland, BC’s Gulf Islands, and the Northern Arctic.
Rick believes in the transformative power of music. When not performing, he can be found teaching and sharing with students across Canada – including work with the Blues In The Schools programs in Ottawa, Saskatoon, Toronto, and Yellowknife. He’s also participated in the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Education program.
His newest album, Driving Home, is his most eclectic and electric to date.
2015 - Rick Fines - Driving home
2012 - Rick Fines - Muskoka Moon -an original compilation
2006 - Rick Fines - Solar Powered
2006 - Rick Fines and Suzie Vinnick – Nothing Halfway
2003 - The Rick Fines Trio – Riley Wants His Life Back
2001 - Rick Fines and Friends – Live at the Harvest
1998 - Rick Fines - Out of the Living Room
1996 - Rob Watson and Jackson Delta Electric Live
1996 - Rick Fines - Arcadia
1995 - Rick Fines -Bootleg
1992 - Jackson Delta - I Was Just Thinking That
1991 - Jackson Delta - Lookin` Back
1989 - Jackson Delta - Acoustic Blues
1988 - Jackson Delta - Delta Sunrise
..as a guest… (sample)
2009 - Jory Nash – New Blue Day
2009 - Marianne Girard - Pirate Days
2006 - Leela Gilday - Sedze
2006 - Kim Beggs - Wanderer’s Paean
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Rick has just released "Driving home" - All original, upbeat and optimistic, this is a more electric, bigger production featuring his best writing to date.
"Soulful and easy-going roots and blues, built on relaxed grooves and thoughtful writing..." Bob Mercereau, CBC, Read the full review at:
Rob Adams –The Herald, Glasgow Scotland
“ A gorgeous picker with a down-home voice and attitude, even Fines’ blues can lift your spirits.” - Norm Provencher, The Ottawa Citizen
"A musician from the "Great White North" won the hearts of the festival audience, taking home a check for $1,000 as winner of the competition.Rick Fines of Peterborough, Ontario, won the top prize with his unique guitar styling, sly tongue-in-cheek humor and a distinctive voice, described by audience members as "a mix of Leon Redbone and Randy Newman." – Angie Long, Greenville Advocate, Alabama