Rick was born in Philadelphia, but was raised west of the city in the dairy and corn fields of eastern PA. He began playing music "by ear" on his mother's piano spending many hours playing and singing with records from artists such as The Everly Brothers, John Denver, Niel Diamond, Barry Manilow, Cat Stevens and others.
Through his teens and early adulthood, Rick listened to classic rock and acoustic rock from the 60's and 70's. His first concert was the Canadian band RUSH at the Philadelphia Spectrum in 1984. Other artists and bands he enjoyed during this period included Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, Judas Priest, and others.
Rick played the Alto Saxophone starting in elementary school and continued with the instrument through his high school years.
Rick's guitar playing began in 1990 at age 21 when he "borrowed" his father's 70's era Sigma DR-1 acoustic dreadnought guitar. He took guitar lessons at the local music store and not long after bought his first electric guitar, a Fender Strat (American Standard).
Rick was introduced to the music of Stevie Ray Vaughn (who had just passed the month prior) by his guitar teacher. After a year of guitar lessons his teacher referred Rick to a friend for a brief period of instruction by American jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny.
After moving to the central coast of California in the mid 1990's, Rick's guitar playing shifted from Texas electric blues to acoustic guitar and Folk, Americana, and Bluegrass music. It was in late August of 2003 while attending a pre-Strawberry Music Festival party, that Rick was bit by the Bluegrass bug.
The sound came from a group of people playing "The Old Home Place" by the Dillards. The melancholy voice of the lyrics with the almost joyous excitement of the song's progression and vocal harmonies, combined with the passing around of leads or "breaks" as Rick would soon learn they were called, was a transformative experience.
Rick currently performs Bluegrass and Americana as both a solo artist and with various bands in the Santa Cruz and South Bay regions.
Rick has produced two solo studio projects.
Rick's newest album "White Turtle Dove" (released June 2015), introduces fans to some of Rick's contemporary Bluegrass originals.
Produced by Rick Ednie and Joe Weed, "White Turtle Dove" includes nine original tracks featuring Rick on guitar, mandolin, and vocals with an all-star lineup of well known Santa Cruz regional and California based bluegrass power hitters including Mike Witcher on dobro, Luke Abbott on fiddle, Bradley Richter on mandolin, and Jason Lampel on Banjo.
White Turtle Dove is a contemporary bluegrass album with several fast paced tunes with active breaks and tight two and three part harmony vocals. The album also features a waltz and an instrumental. You'll Be My Darlin' has an old-timey feel, while “Cabin by the Creek” has an alt-folk/country sound, but still holds true to bluegrass making "White Turtle Dove" a great crossover album for both Bluegrass and Americana fans alike.
"A Fine Place to Start" (May 2015). The album originally debuted in 2001 under a different title and was remixed in late 2014 with new instruments and vocals remastered with the original tracks from 2001.
Produced by Rick Ednie, “A Fine Place to Start” is a collection of original contemporary Folk and Americana ballads about childhood living, heartbreak, and affirmation. The album includes eight tracks featuring Rick on guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals, with Rob Horgan on banjo (of the Bay Area Bluegrass band Sidesaddle and Co.), Devon McClive on cello (of San Francisco's The Sam Chase Band), Matt Bohn on acoustic bass, and session players on drums, piano, and electric bass.
This album is a unique and rich expression of innocence with an essence of personal reflection. These endearing qualities are evident in songs such as the title track “A Fine Place to Start“, "I’m Not Buyin’”, and “I’m Gone, Goodbye”.
Rick owns and performs with:
2007 Collings D2-H guitar
1971 Martin D-28 guitar (highly modified by Bryan Kimsey)
Rick uses Martin Acoustic SP Medium gauge strings.