When you find an artist that embraces and embodies the genuineness of Eric Clapton with the harmonies and vocals of Dave Mason, the performance of Bruce Springsteen and puts the same depth of storytelling in their songs as Little Feat, you have an artist who isn't following the latest trend. Ricky Lewis incorporates and expands upon all of these influences in his own R&B Rock style.
In his new CD, Songs For The New Depression, Ricky details his wide range of melodic Blues to high energy Rock songs that chronicle theyears of his life and his personal philosophy. A philosophy which projects that your life is what you make it. Take control of it and decide where you want it to go.
This theme is introduced right from the beginning in songs like Destiny. A challenge to every now and then put your life in perspective. See where you want it to go instead of letting the everyday problems of life get the best of you. This message is carried forward in Live Or Die where Ricky points out that some people seem to be in "slow motion". Just waiting for life to direct them instead of them deciding their fate.
Ricky Lewis is one of the few artists that still remembers that music can be a source of inspiration and motivation as well as entertainment.
Songs For The New Depression is a wake up call to everyone to watch where you are headed in life.