Rickey Gene Wright - Bio
Americana Singer Songwriter, Recording Artist, Musician & Story-Teller
Born in Baytown Texas and Grew Up in Pasadena Texas (Deepwater Neighborhood) in the Deer Park ISD and Settled Down in Garland, Texas which was formerly the early settlement called "Duck Creek".
Instruments Played: Martin D15M Acoustic Guitar, Gretch Six String Banjo, Loar Mandolin, Granny Grunts Cigar Box Guitar & Various Harmonicas.
The Songwriting Journey:
Growing up in a Southeast Texas blue-collar family that shared a love for music and made music a part of their everyday life. His mother talked about the hard times that she and his father had endured while living through the Great Depression of the 1930's and how music helped a soul forget hard things. His mother was a natural musician learning to play most string instruments by ear. Before she got married, his mother played in a band with her three brothers at Saturday night hoedowns in Polk County in Southeast Texas. Some of his songwriting reflects his heritage of those five generations of Texans dating back before the Civil War.
Rickey Gene got his first guitar when he was eight years old from the neighborhood drug store in his hometown of Pasadena Texas and learned to play by watching his mother play and sing hymns and old country tunes. He sang at church when he was growing up and that's where he fell in love with the rich harmonies that gospel hymns bring to the table.
When he started singing his original songs in public he decided to not travel on the road with a band or move away from his home state of Texas. It was about that time that he and his high school sweetheart (Vickie Cabrera) moved to Dallas and started their family and they were blessed with three daughters. He began to sing at the Country Opry Shows in Texas and Oklahoma and wound up working for the Mesquite Opry in North Texas as the stage band leader and he auditioned all the potential guest singers. While at the Mesquite Opry he wrote the Americana song "Frank & Jesse James". It was this song that moved Rickey Gene to get serious about registering and recording his songs. Years later he received a phone call one night from a former Mesquite Opry band member who said they had been playing his song "Frank & Jesse James" for years in bands around Nashville and he should get this song registered with BMI or ASCAP and so he did.
Those First Musical Influences:
His mother, Trudie Parrish Wright pictured here, who played the guitar and sang Gospel Hymns and the Country Songs of Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb and Jimmy Rodgers.
And Being A Native Texan He Was And Continues To Be Inspired By The Texas Singer-Songwriters Like:
Bob McDill, Steve Fromholz, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kris Kristofferson, Townes Van Zandt, Michael Martin Murphey, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Don Henley, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Don Williams, Rodney Crowell, Radney Fost, Pat Green, Brad Davis, Alex Harvey, George Ensle, Claude Butch Morgan and Ken Gaines.
From 1990 to 2010 Rickey Gene was involved with Contemporary Christian music at several churches and he wrote some thirty Contemporary Christian songs. It was here that he met Denise Owen and formed a lasting friendship and duet musical partner. One of his songs "Your Mercy Is A Blessing" was recorded by the Contemporary Christian recording artist Christopher Rixon.
In 2012 Rickey Gene founded the Acoustic Americana/Folk/Texas Country Quartet called Duck Creek Station with an emphasis on original Americana music. Rickey Gene Wright & Denise Owen are the nucleus of Duck Creek Station. Current members include Rickey Gene Wright, Denise Owen, and Richie Owen on the upright bass.
In 2013 Rickey Gene met the Grammy Award Winning Musician, Brad Davis, and they quickly became good friends. Brad has now produced, recorded, mixed and mastered all of Rickey Gene's recording projects at his recording studio in Commerce, TX. And now Two Albums And Five Singles Have Been Recorded And Released With Brad Davis As Producer And Recording Engineer At BDM Studios. braddavisrecordingstudio.com
2015 - 1st Album Released
2016 - Singles Released
2017 - Second Album Released
2017 - Singles Released
2018 - Double Single Released
And The Songwriting and Recording Journey Continues.........