“Wonderful performance in Cobleskill (July, 2016) tonight (again!!). Thank you!!” Beth A.V. Cobleskill, NY
“This was our second time seeing you guys and we’ll be looking into seeing you again soon. Great concert.” Norene M. Selkirk, NY
“You guys were amazing today (Irish 2000 Festival, Main Stage, September 17th, 2016). Rocked the bloody tent away. Sooo glad I was there.” Maur E. Scotia, NY
“I attended your concert in Sharon Springs. I could have listened to you all night long. Thanks for the good time.” Laurie Y. Cherry Valley, NY
“Few groups can match this quintet’s instrumental prowess or their vocal harmonies. And no one, but no one, can touch their incessant, insane, ribald humor. A good time is guaranteed for all.” Albany Times Union, January, 2009.
“My wife and I want to thank you for the amazing vacation (Ireland, 2016) and the opportunity to listen to some great music (Hair Of The Dog) while making new friends.” – Steve W. Troy, NY
Regarding at The Parting Glass: “Hi Rick. Great Stuff!! Thanks for sending the new CD to us. Enjoyed listening! Keep up the good work. All the best.” Gene Parsons (singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and former member of The Byrds)
“Nice job tonight. You made 3 hours travel and a cancelled (minor league baseball) game worth it.” Christine L.-B. Montreal, Canada
“Had a great time last night…you guys rock!” Betsy R. Glenmont, NY
“Terrific show at the Madison Theater last night. The “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End” suite at the end was fantastic. Brilliant vocals all around.” Michael D Cohoes, NY
About the Band
Hey Jude has received an incredible amount of popular acclaim, with hundreds of Beatles fans standing and cheering at the conclusion of virtually every show. Hey Jude’s, George Harrison (Rick Bedrosian) has been busier than ever lately, performing a thoroughly enjoyable solo show several times a week, filming a television series called, “I Could Eat” (YouTube.com/ICouldEat) and bringing dozens of guests from New York’s Capital District to New York City for 5 different Food, History and Music Tours. How did it all begin?
Rick began playing guitar after seeing the Beatles perform on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964. He played bass in numerous rock bands during his years as a junior and senior high school student and throughout his studies at The Junior College Of Albany and The State University Of New York at Albany where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and also studied theater. Rick’s SUNY Theater Department class included Terri Vandenbosch, an actress who was eventually cast as Frannie Hughes on “As The World Turns”. Rick has been a full time professional musician since his eighteenth birthday.
In 1975, Rick and long time friend Jim Fish formed the legendary country-rock band Silver Chicken. Fish had just returned to New York after a stint in Florida with Sienna, a group that eventually became Arista recording act, The Outlaws. Silver Chicken established a large fan base, first playing clubs in Upstate New York and eventually opening for big name acts and headlining at larger clubs and colleges throughout the Northeast. In 1977, Silver Chicken caught the attention of Boston’s Don Law Agency.
The Don Law Agency began grooming their best two unknown bands for success; Silver Chicken and a Boston based outfit called The Cars. Meanwhile, Silver Chicken recorded a demo of catchy original songs at Rick’s October Eve Studio. With their high profile gigs, Boston connection and a quality demo tape, a major label recording contract seemed within Silver Chicken’s reach. But late in 1977, Henry Paul, a singer/songwriter with whom Jim Fish founded Sienna, left The Outlaws, formed The Henry Paul Band and recruited Fish as second lead guitarist.
Silver Chicken called it quits in 1984 but had a brief reunion in 2013 to celebrate the release of their CD called, “Storm Ride”. Learn More about Silver Chicken: https://www.wmht.org/thescene By then, Rick’s bass playing and vocals were now heavily in demand and he kept himself busy performing with the most popular Albany, NY based groups including The Fabulous Newports, a doo-wop band that featured Kevin McKrell and Bert Sommer (a singer/songwriter whose credits included a slot in the fabled 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival), Johnny Rabb’s rockabilly Rockin’ Shadows, art-rockers Squareone (YouTube video), Celtic-folksters Donnybrook Fair and roots-rockers Jeannie Smith and The Hurricanes.
In 1986, Rick moved to Nashville, Tennessee with Jeannie Smith and The Hurricanes. After a year of playing clubs, concert venues and private showcases, The Hurricanes (who were re-christened Breathless by their Bug Music manager) signed a recording contract with CBS Records. While in Nashville, Rick also played with many other talented musicians the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Marshall Crenshaw, John Stewart (The Kingston Trio), Gene Clark (The Byrds), Carla Olson (The Textones), Floyd Domino (Asleep At The Wheel), Hank DeVito (Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band and The Everly Brothers), Marshall Chapman (Jimmy Buffett), and Eddie Angel (Los Straitjackets) — before returning to New York to help put together The McKrells (with whom he played at Carnegie Hall and The Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival). Rick founded and began managing the popular Irish act Hair of the Dog in 1993.
Hair Of The Dog became one of America’s foremost Irish Rock bands and a potent international force as well. As the leader and bassist/vocalist of the group and producer of their CDs, Rick helped guide Hair Of The Dog from its humble beginnings as a three member folk group, into the one of the 21st century’s most sought after world music acts. His independent October Eve Music record label issued many successful CDs including, “Release The Hounds” (1997), “at The Parting Glass” (2001), “Let It Flow” (2003), “Donegal” (2007) and “Liam Left The Lights On Again” (2012).
Hair Of The Dog concerts became happenings for the band’s legion of fans. As the leader and spokesman of Hair Of The Dog, Rick infused humor at performances with off-beat jokes and commentary. His occasional shout-outs to random audience members has even inspired an addition to pop-lexicon. “Ricknowledged” was recently added to the Urban Dictionary. Rick Bedrosian’s well-regarded solo CD, “Inside My Car” was re-mastered and re-released in 2009 to much critical praise.
Rick is also an accomplished fine-art photographer and film critic. His photographs hang in numerous homes and businesses throughout the United States. Rick’s concert photo of Paul McCartney landed on the cover of the Spring, 2010 issue of Classic Drummer magazine, an international publication. His weekly iTunes movie review and interview podcast “Rick’s Picks” won the 2008 Communicator Award for Entertainment, the 2008 MarCom Award for Broadcast Excellence and the 2011 Nori Award for Interactive Media. Susie Essman (HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and James McCaffrey (FX’s “Rescue Me”) were guests on Rick’s Picks.
You never know what Rick Bedrosian will do next so stay tuned…