Ah….1996. Now THAT was a year! Ricochet was having incredible success at radio with “Daddy’s Money“, and I was co-writing with a bunch of incredible writers, including Roger Cook and Earl Bud Lee. I remember waking up that rainy-dreary day in August….we had played a gig the night before and I was hesitant to get out of bed and go downtown to write. But it’s not every day that you get to write with a living legend like Roger Cook…so guitar in hand, I parked two blocks away from Island Bound Music and showed up at the door dripping wet. Roger met me and said that Earl Bud Lee was upstairs too, they had gotten their signals crossed on a writing appt, so if I didn’t mind, the three of us could write. Mind? Needless to say, we wrote this tune in a few hours. I can clearly recall Rodger playing it on his ukulele, me on the piano and Earl Bud on acoustic. I have the original writing session on cassette in my studio, maybe I’ll dust it off and post a follow up.
Long story short, this was the ASCAP Song of the Year in 1997. Thanks George, you ARE country music!
Back in October of 1993, I took out a classified ad in The Nashville Scene, looking for a good musical opportunity. The newly formed group “Ricochet” was still looking for a permanent keyboardist, steel guitarist and bass player. I joined in October, followed by Greg Cook (bass) in January and Teddy Carr (steel) in February. Already in the band were Heath Wright (lead vocals, elec. guitar) and brothers Jeff Bryant (drums) and Jr Bryant (fiddle). Back in the mid 1990’s country music was incredibly popular, as evidenced by the number of country dance halls and big clubs that featured new and upcoming talent. We honed our craft on the road, playing 5 nights a week around the country. In June of 1994, Columbia records signed us to a developmental deal (we cut 3 songs in the studio). When they signed us to the label, our producers (Ron Chancey and Ed Seay) started looking for songs. we came across Daddy’s Money soon after Ron Wallace (another SONY recording artist) sang the demo. We immediately put the song on hold, and it became our only #1 record.
Much more on Ricochet in the coming blog posts. For now, enjoy our first music video, shot at Little Bit Of Texas, St. Louis MO, November 1995.