Rick Whaley is known as an accomplished rhythm guitarist & a strong Vocalist. He has performed throughout the country and overseas during his career and now resides on the coast of North West Florida playing his music with some of the most talented entertainers in the area. Originally from the shores of New Jersey, Rick later moved to New York & North Jersey playing his music & furthering his education in college and on stage. In 1985 he moved to Nashville. There, he had the good fortune of consistently working both on stage & in the studio as a guitarist, bassist & demo singer, as well as polishing his writing skills. In 1989, Rick was introduced to the Perdido Key area and began playing and singing there. After going back and forth from Nashville and the Gulf Coast, the decision was made to permanently move to the beach. Rick is currently performing with his new group, “The Perdido Brothers” with band members Jon Cook & Pat McCann, with a new CD of their music coming out this fall. Rick also shares the stage with Tommy Mazzullo, and several other local musicians on the Key. For more information about Rick, his music & performance schedule please visit his website: www.rickwhaley.com
Jon Cook grew up in Connecticut, moved to the gulf coast in 2000 after numerous visits to play the Florabama and various venues with former partner Taylor Hicks during college years. Currently performing with The Perdido Brothers(Rick Whaley & Pat McCann), Hurricane Warning featuring Larry T. Wilson, as well as various side projects. Released first solo album, Songs From The Bottom, in the fall of 2013 and is currently working on second album, with hopes for a 2014 fall release. www.joncookmusic.com
Pat McCann is a very accomplished guitarist and composer, who has been a professional musician for over 30 years. Pat’s approach to music has taken him on a perpetual journey that has produced a catalogue of original instrumental songs that rival any major motion picture soundtrack. Pat writes in diverse styles from Brazilian jazz to New Age/Classical to porch pickin’ to funky fusion. He also pens songs with lyrics that can be humorous, like “Lotto Lotto” (a Cajun-flavored tune ) or contemplative, like “Daydreamer” (a jazz ballad).
Pat is a self-taught, plays-by-ear type of musician, who began his career at the age of 15 playing rock music with the Warlocks in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. During the early 70’s Pat helped create Heart’s Island, a band which developed a large, loyal fan base by performing their unique blend of jazz and blues both in Shreveport and in the California bay area.
Pat moved to Austin, Texas in the mid-90’s and learned Texas Swing and all the “Pete Mitchell licks he could” with the Troubadillos at Poodie’s Hilltop Bar and Grill, a famous Hill Country honky tonk. Through Pat’s friendship with the Troubadillos’ great stand up bass player, BB Morse, Pat became acquainted with legendary singer-songwriter Freddy Powers, and then he began playing shows as a member of Freddy’s backup band, Stop the Truck. From there Pat’s musical experiences included playing at the Equiblues Festival in France with Freddy Powers and Stop the Truck, sharing the stage with superstars Ray Price and Merle Haggard , Texas along with Freddy and STT at Willie Nelson’s Truck Stop Music Hall outside of Waco, and performing with the Mau Mau Chaplins (the reggae alter ego of the Stop the Truck Band).
Pat also performed many solo gigs with his Godin nylon string electric guitar at a wide variety of venues in the Central Texas area, including the rehearsal dinner of a member of a prominent political family. During his time in Austin Pat produced two CD’s – “50 Years in De Nile” – a collection of live Dat recordings captured at various locations throughout his career and “Return to Buddha Pad”- a guitar album featuring original instrumentals by Pat McCann .
Today Pat lives on the Gulf Coast, wowing fans old and new with his incredible talent as he performs as a solo artist and band member of several local groups, including the Perdido Brothers. He also continues to write and record. Pat is proud to be a part of the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival, where he was first introduced to this area 11 years ago. He fell in love with the beauty and friendly folks of this area and decided put down his musical roots in its alluring while sand beaches.
Take some time to join Pat on his musical journey…Enjoy the ride!
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