(Rick Neiheisel) was born in Cincinnati in 1956,
and was bitten by the music
bug at the age of five. Ricky began his performing career at age twelve
with his family’s band, and upon his return to the area in 1979, his
journeys on piano, organ & accordion have taken him through jazz
(with internationally acclaimed guitarist Wilbert Longmire),
& roll (years 1979-1985 with
legendary cult faves The Raisins), country, zydeco, New Orleans styles, boogie
woogie & blues- knowledge which
has landed him on countless recording sessions and as accompanist to renown
blues artists. In his twenties and thirties, Ricky
established working relationships and friendships with Cincinnati blues
icons such as Big Ed Thompson, H-Bomb Ferguson and fellow pianists Big
Joe Duskin and Pigmeat Jarrett.
After years of leading RICKY NYE & THE RED HOTS (winners of BEST BLUES BAND in the
Cincinnati Enquirer's 2001 CAMMY awards), Ricky now focuses his attention on his trio/quartet RICKY NYE INC.
(formerly The Swingin' Mudbugs, the
band behind Ricky's 1998 release "Piano Is Fun!" and 2003's
"Quick 'N' Dirty")
and RICKY NYE &THE PARIS BLUES BAND, based in Paris, France (who
have released four CDs: "VIlle du Bois"; "Ricky Nye & The Paris
Blues Band"; "Jump Steady" and a compilation titled "OH MAN!").
Ricky is a solid solo performer (winning BEST SOLO ACT in the 2001 & 2002 CAMMY Awards) and also frequently performs in duet settings: with upright bass
or drums accompaniment; and with vocalists
Bekah Williams, Dottie Warner & Katie Laur.
Oher local accolades include
BEST BLUES/R&B INSTRUMENTALIST in 2002 CAMMYS; BEST BLUES/R&B ARTIST
in the 2000, 2001, 2004,
2005, 2010, 2013 & 2014 CEA Awards held by CityBeat Magazine, and BEST LOCAL MUSICIAN 2012, 2013 & 2014 CITYBEAT MAGAZINE "Best Of Cincinnati" Readers Poll Awards.
Since 1996, Ricky has been a regular performer on the Arches
Boogie Stage, part of Cincinnati, OH's Cincy Blues Fest (where he was
inducted into the INTERNATIONAL BOOGIE WOOGIE HALL OF FAME in 2013),
which put him in association and
friendships with some of the finest blues and boogie pianists from
the world, such as Fabrice
Eulry (Paris); Lluis Coloma
(Barcelona) ; Chris Conz (Switzerland): Joerg Hegemann (Germany); Julien
Brunetaud (Paris); Renaud
Patigny (Brussels); Martijn
Schok (Netherlands); Eric-Jan Overbeek a.k.a. Mr.
Boogie Woogie (Netherlands); Julian Phillips (U.K.); Silvan Zingg
(Switzerland); and Jean-Paul
Amouroux (Paris), who have all
hosted Ricky for
their international boogie woogie
festivals and touring dates.
And since 1998, Ricky has
been the producer of the annual BLUES & BOOGIE PIANO
SUMMIT, from which CDs have been released from
the years 1999-2010.
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by Mike Breen of CityBeat Magazine
features Ricky Nye (piano, vocals) along with Paul Ellis
(drums): Chris Douglas (upright bass), and special guests Ray Heckman
or Brian "Boss" Hogg (tenor sax), playing piano blues and ballads, New Orleans stylings and
traditional boogie woogie. The group
has experienced great success with the release of their discs "Swingin' Some Blues" (2014); "Quick
Dirty" (2003) and "Piano is Fun!" (1998). This
aggregation is adept at either simmering or creating a rollickin'
RICKY NYE & THE PARIS BLUES BAND is comprised of:
RICKY NYE- piano/organ/vocals (Cincinnati, OH)
ANTHONY STELMASZACK- guitar (Bordeaux, France)
THIBAUT CHOPIN- upright bass/harmonica (Paris, France)
SIMON “SHUFFLE” BOYER- drums (Paris, France)
This quartet has been working in conjunction throughout Europe and the U.S.
since 2006 and have released four recordings: “VILLE DU BOIS” in 2008;
“RICKY NYE & THE PARIS BLUES BAND” in 2010; “OH MAN!” in 2011 and
“JUMP STEADY” in 2012.
Thibaut & Simon are some of the very best blues & roots music
in the world, and have worked collectively and separately
with the likes of Lazy Lester,
Louisiana Red, Jimmy Johnson, Kenny
“Blues Boss” Wayne, Deke Dickerson,
Wanda Jackson, and prominent
European blues acts such as Nico Duportal,
Drew Davies, Mike Sanchez,
Little Victor & Nico Wayne Toussaint.
CDs are available @ www.cdbaby.com/artist/rickynye