Rick Vito and The Lucky Devils
Few musicians in recent decades can lay claim to the caliber of credits held by Grammy-nominated guitarist, Rick Vito. His stellar slide and lead guitar work has enriched the recordings and performances of such legendary R&R Hall of Fame rock and blues artists as Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Roy Orbison, Stevie Nicks, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt, Todd Rundgren, Delbert McClinton, and scores of others. He has appeared on hundreds of recordings, and his haunting slide solo on Seger’s “Like A Rock,” has been heard by millions as the guitar voice on the Chevrolettruck TV commercial ads over a ten year period.
Perhaps best known as a member of the legendary supergroup Fleetwood Mac (1987-1991), Rick brought back a passionate, bluesy quality to the band’s music. His original songs and guitar-vocal performances are featured on their albums, “Behind The Mask," “The Chain.” “Greatest Hits,” and “The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac." He also appears on the live concert DVD, “Tango In The Night”.
Rick’s debut solo album, “King Of Hearts,” released in 1992 on Atlantic Records, was praised in “Guitar Player” magazine for its “…dazzling collection of fiery slide guitar driven songs,” and also featured the single, “Desiree”, a smoldering duet with former bandmate, Stevie Nicks.
Along with his solo projects, Rick has teamed again with legendary drummer Mick Fleetwood to form both the blues-rocking “Mick Fleetwood Blues Band featuring Rick Vito,” and Maui’s “Island Rumours Band,” which features some of Hawaii’s most incredible traditional and contemporary musicians. In late 2009, "Blue Again," the live CD/DVD from the MFBB was released in the US, Europe and Australia. This exciting performance was captured on the band's 2008 European tour in Canterbury, England, and features seven Vito compositions. Shortly after its release, it was honored by being nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award in the "Best Traditional Blues" category. The MFBB subsequently performed to sellout audiences on its own and with the Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs Tour of Australia and New Zealand. Also released in the same year was “Lucky In Love: The Best of Rick Vito,” a solid overview collection of Rick’s finest recordings to date.