BIO: With influences ranging from Tom Petty to Bonnie Raitt and from Joni Mitchell to Yes, Rita lives for pop melodies and Guitar and Bass hooks. Rita's "go to" Guitar has been the YAMAHA acoustic she got in Seattle when she lived there for 3 years in the late 70s-80s and got her start as "street musician" at the Pike Street Market.
Writing for Rock Ensemble (and a horn or two) since age eleven, Rita started playing out at an early age with childhood friends from the neighborhood in her garage in New Jersey. She played both Electric guitar and Drumset in those early bands, and still perceives that role as most freeing, being able to express herself going from one instrument to another. Influenced from early 60s Pop and WW II era Jazz Standards, Rita made the transition to 70s Rock like a champ. Her Ballads have truly become Rock Anthems, and the jazzier songs have made her indeed Progressive. By the early 90s, her lyrical style had become pensive and obviously ample in the new light that would be thrown upon every phase of her life, and in the wonderful new aspects that the world would begin to wear for her. Always a message of hope, even in a love-lost, Rita sees the highest good in circumstances and continues to write music inspired by life, love and limitless wonderment. Today, with copyrights in place, she enjoys the public acknowledgement of two known bands in Tucson who have asked permission to play her songs. She considers it an honor to be copied in any form. Being called "a musician's musician", Rita regards this as the highest complement from one of her peers, and hopes to continue to inspire others to pursue their love of music by demonstration.
Especially like Drums being MIKED--what a concept!
Female musicians who rock like there's no tomorrow.
Independent Film soundtrack
Instrumentation for solo appearances:
Rita (guitars, vocal, programmable Boss DR-5 drum/Bass machine, Harmonicas)
Writing tools include: FENDER Telecaster Electric Guitar and TAYLOR Electric/Acoustic (short scale) 710 CE L9 series; FENDER Musicmaster Bass; YAMAHA PSR-240 Midi Keyboard; YAMAHA Clarinet; Hohner Harmonicas; 5-piece TAMA Swingstar Drumset (with VIC FIRTH Dave Weckl signature sticks)