Rick Bussey-Singer/Songwriter/Acoustic Guitarist
Rick just completed a taping and filming of his songs “It Oughta Be Easy” and ”I Am Not Broken” at the Historic Broken Spoke in Austin Texas for the Songwriters Across Texas TV Show. In Sept. 2013, Rick received an award for the song ”I Am Not Broken” at the Branson Gospel Music Awards winning the #2 song on the American Music Gospel Charts for 2013.
Rick recently reached #1 song “I Am Not Broken” on the National Gospel Charts and continues to be in the Top 40 and is currently nominated Song of the Year at the Branson Missouri Gospel Music Awards. In March 2013 Rick was nominated for Song of the Year “Tennessee Left Texas” through the Academy of Texas Music Awards 2013 co-written with fellow Texas musician John Arthur Martinez. In 2010, Rick was inducted into the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame. Rick is also currently completing his second recording. His new EP “October Rain” will be released in the coming year.
Ricks music is said by many as a blend of Folk, Country and Americana as well as his unique guitar picking and his songs are heartfelt, easy listening, pleasing to the ear and soulful.
Rick moved to Texas and started performing professionally in Austin during the mid 70′s, playing street corners on “the drag” on Guadalupe St., he eventually began playing at many venues such as Raven’s Garage, Chicago House, Colorado Street Cafe’ and the Austin Outhouse where he met the legendary Townes VanZandt and Blaze Foley, who became a great influence and inspiration in Rick’s music.
Eventually, Rick started the acoustic duo “Stillwater” performing many venues and supported many local benefits. Stillwater was named New Folk Finalists at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 1989. During that time Stillwater was a featured guest on KUT’s Live Set.
Rick, later in years became a solo acoustic artist and started writing and performing again. He has since won numerous awards. He is currently a member of the Texas Music Academy and has been performing at many showcases and venues throughout Central Texas.
Rick released his first CD in August 2010 “Keyless Entry” and was featured in the Texas Hillcountry Magazine’s Fall 2010 issue. Rick continues to write and perform throughout Texas and has continued to support many non-profits such as Texas Music Cares, Wounded Warriors Project and Military Moms of Texas. He continues to work on building a fan base and writing music to continue making CD’s to donate portions to non-profit organizations and to be heard once again nationally.