SongVault Artist Profile
Georgia, United States
New Age / Meditation
Known as “the guy who mixes all those guitars together”, Ricky Fitzpatrick has carved out a notable spot for himself in a very selective field.
New Age Instrumentalists are nothing new. But the sound of anywhere from four to twenty different guitar parts, swirling, floating and weaving in and out of one another is enough to make even the toughest critic, listen twice.
Most of Fitzpatrick’s instrumental work, with his own RFM Music Group, is in fact New Age-tinged, and it is centered on the acoustic guitar, both as a solo piece and as an extensively multi-layered work. Comparisons are repeatedly made between his writing and playing styles to legendary Folk Instrumentalists like Leo Kottke or John Fahey. And straddling the line between Folk and New Age, and utilizing creative tunings and capo use, Ricky’s playing is also extremely reminiscent of New Age guitarists like Will Ackerman or Billy McLaughlan.
But Fitzpatrick has taken this idea of a one-man band to a whole new level.
“There are plenty of artists who play all their own instruments in the studio,” he admits. “And there are plenty of amazing guitar virtuosos who are recording solo pieces.”
“But I don’t know of a lot of guitarists who are recording track after track upon track of nothing but guitars.”
And that is where his compositions are unique, in that they involve no other instruments other than layer upon layer of acoustic guitar, played, plucked, picked, strummed, tweaked, twisted and through meticulous design, are combined in a variety of manners, tones and even time signatures, all culminating in a remarkably complex yet simply beautiful composition.
Ricky lives, records and occasionally gardens, in the tiny community of Apple Valley (unincorporated), GA with his wife, children and one remaining goldfish.