BIOGRAPHY

Hi, I’m Rick Brix. I am a professional musician. I was born on September 4th, 1970 in Golden Valley, MN. I grew up an only child in Robbinsdale, MN. When I was 15 my parents and I moved to Eden Prairie, MN, where I went to high school and graduated in 1989. I went to college at the University of St Thomas in St Paul, MN, where I majored in International Studies with a minor in History and graduated cum laude in 1994. I moved to St Cloud, MN, in 1995. I met my wife Angie in 2003 and we were married on September 25th, 2004. Angie had three children from her previous marriage: Christine, Maressa, and Tyler. On March 9, 2006, our daughter Julia was born. We currently live in a big old brick (Brix) house (built in 1885) in St Cloud, MN. I never established a career in my field of study. I’ve decided that I want to pursue a career doing what I love: playing music. I have been playing music since 1983, when I got my first guitar, a Yamaha acoustic. On my 16th birthday in 1986, I got my first electric guitar, a Fender Squier Bullet. I took lessons for a few years from Adam Granger at the Homestead Pickin’ Parlor. I have been playing now for over 30 years. I am a one-man band. I play mostly classic rock (1960s to 1990s), old-time rock n roll (1950s), with a bit of blues, folk, and country. If you are interested in booking me for a show please e-mail me at rickjbrix@aol.com.

Favorite Guitarist: Chet Atkins

 

Favorite Singer: Elvis Presley

 

Musical Influences: Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Croce, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Diamond, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, the Doors, AC/DC, the Eagles, Billy Joel, Elton John, the Bee Gees, Journey, Rush, “Mississippi” John Hurt, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Leo Kottke, Tommy Emmanuel, Merle Travis, Adam Granger, Ludvig Van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, and many, many others

 

Favorite Studio Album: “The Wall” (Pink Floyd)

 

Favorite Live Album: “Elvis NBC (“1968 Comeback”) Special”

 

Favorite Movie: Star Wars IV (1977)

 

Favorite Book: Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All or None (Frederick Nietzsche)

 

Favorite Historical Personage: Abraham Lincoln

 

Favorite Sports Teams: Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins

 

Favorite Color: Yellow and Black (no color looks good by itself)

 

Favorite Historical Era: Ancient Athens, Greece (5th and 4th Centuries B.C.: the time of Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato)

 

Favorite Pastimes: Being with my family, playing guitar, reading, watching sports, composing music, writing songs and poetry, listening to music

 

Other Interests: History, Philosophy, Psychology, Science, Sports

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