BAM!: The Story of Rick Powell, the Funky Drummer of Cincinnati (Legendary Musicians of the Heartland Book 1)
by Randy McNutt
For forty years Rick Powell has been one Cincinnati’s busiest and most talented drummers and singers. He’s played live and on sessions in Muscle Shoals in the 1970s when that area was a premier recording center, and in Cincinnati in its heyday as a soul-rock mecca. He is also an exceptional songwriter who bridges the gaps between rock, soul and country music. Rick started in the music business as a teenager when he sang lead and played drums on Little Flint’s “Gonna Have a Good Time.” The session band that played on the 1972 record morphed out of Rick’s early band The Chamberly Kids. On that Cincinnati session he played along side the legendary bassist-vocalist Roger “Jellyroll” Troy, whose band, Jellyroll, recorded for Kapp Records. Troy is only one of the many impressive musicians with whom Rick has performed over the years. He has also been a member of a number of Cincinnati-based bands including the Raisins, the Bluebirds and Stagger Lee. As vital as ever, Rick continues to play gigs in Cincinnati and entertain crowds throughout the region with his soulful vocals and steady beat. As Nashville bassist and journalist Larry Nager once noted, the Rick Powell story is the story of Cincinnati’s music.
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