I loved writing and recoding this song. Some songs are like that. Do you like it?
Some pics from my band Tempest back at UMASS Amherst. There are more. I have to look for those.
The solo break in Whole Lotta Love. So much fun with a Les Paul.
This is an original composition, written in 1981. The sheet music is below in this post. Play it; record it; it’s a challenge and fun. Email me at rkentberger#gmail.com if you want me to send you the PDF of the sheet music.
For two years I left the practice of law and business behind and went back “out there” to play full time in the “Ricky Berger Blues Band.” That was a wonderful and several times truly wild journey. I hosted a weekly blues jam in Hopedale, MA and played lots of gigs here and there. The journey on these routes brought me back to my musical roots.
This little excerpt features the “Onamac Windery” custom wound Jimi Hendrix pickups in “Little Red.” Kerry Learned, of Onamac Windery, is a genius. Since this taping Little Red got a maple reverse stock neck.
Here is my version of the Star Spangled Banner. I meant for it to be sweeter and a bit more contemplative than other guitar versions of this piece. I was literally looking for some peace in this piece. If that makes sense …
Here are some pics from 2006 when I got to open for the legendary band Chicago and then hang out to dance for their set. Ok, that was the best time.
1974 Fender Telecaster Custom. 1960’s Fender Bandmaster head. An Acoustic cab (with at least one horn) that sounded awesome. I have always loved great gear and playing loud. I was, however, overly serious about things. And I probably thought a little too highly of myself back in those days. We live and we learn (at least in theory).
In high school I always had my guitar with me. This picture was included in the first or second page of the yearbook. The guitar was a Gibson ES 175. I won all-state with that guitar. These were the years where my teachers pushed me, and pushed me, to study and learn my instrument and music theory. I am eternally grateful to Karen Wilcox and Joe Keown for being the teachers and friends that that they were.