Rick Payne is an established acoustic blues guitarist with many national and international tours to his credit. He has become especially well known for his authentic acoustic blues finger picking, in the many traditional styles of the blues including delta blues, piedmont, ragtime and slide and has recorded several albums of this kind.
Often compared with Ry Cooder, slide guitar maestro Rick Payne’s performances have taken him to prime time TV, to festivals and theatres throughout the UK and on tour to Europe, USA, Scandinavia and Greek Islands. He has provided music to a number of major TV productions, for programmes on Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. He has also featured on The Paul Jones and Mike Harding's show on BBC Radio 2.
Rick has recorded a number of CDs, including the noted 'Blue River Blues' for Bennett House Records California. New CD - 'Radio City Blues now' available as CD or download
Reviewers have described his sound as: heart wrenching and passionate, delicate and scorching, seriously brilliant, totally absorbing and spellbindingly evocative with raw and fiery vocals to match.
As a teacher he has written and facilitated many courses and guitar workshop style sessions, teaching the art of Big Bill Bronzy, Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Rev Garry Davis, Django, Ry Cooder and many more.