Ricky Adams flatly states, “I’m no guitar player. My first instrument was a tambourine. I didn’t play guitar until I was in my 30’s. I’m a singer.”
He references musical parents who encouraged him and his sister. “My dad played guitar and was a singer songwriter all his life. He toured all over the world – Italy, England, Saudi Arabia. We fell asleep as kids listening to the music as far back as I can remember.”
He sang briefly in a school choir, but has no formal training other than listening to and watching others. “When I was fourteen, I went to a garage party where they had a sort of karaoke set-up.” Everyone liked his singing and what he sang was rock and roll. “I was the lead screamer in a rock band. I wore a headband and fringe and bellbottoms and I ran all over the stage – like Tooter Ripps did,” he laughs. “I listened to Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Bread, 3 Dog Night, Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, all the Motown people. My mother bought my first PA system.”
These days he and his band, Mario Cassiano (guitar), Terry Moore (drums) and Greg Hollingsworth (bass), play everything from classic rock to classic country. Adams’ vocals clearly define every note.
The 2011 Vocalist inductee in the Bandera Music Hall of Fame, took several long breaks from the music business, but always came back, touring with a band, singing, road managing, driving tour buses and a stint singing with Larry Gatlin. “My friends were always musicians,” he says, “Once it gets in your blood, you just can’t get it out.”
He and his band play venues in Bandera, San Antonio, Gruene Hall, the Cotton Club, at private parties and wherever people love to hear great music and dance. He emphasizes, “We bring along other local musicians. I like people to see what kind of talent we have here in Bandera.”
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