Rick Dougherty: Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist
Rick Dougherty doesn't remember a time when he didn't sing, and his beautiful tenor voice has garnered him compliments from Judy Collins, Chet Atkins and Tom Paxton, to name just a few. It has also led to a long and wide-ranging career in music. As a youth he performed solo throughout the West, developing a versatile finger-style guitar technique to accompany himself and expanding his repertoire from folk to standards and jazz. He graduated Sonoma State University in 1987 and in the following thirteen years directed 37 operas, and was the arranger for two a cappella groups.
In 1990 he became a member of The Limeliters and performed with them until 2003 when he left the group to sing with Glenn Yarbrough as part of the "This Land Is Your Land" folk tour. At the end of the tour in 2005, he was invited to join The Kingston Trio with whom he performed nationwide until late 2017.
Rick continues to perform across the country and conducts workshops on voice and guitar. He recently published "Sounding Good on One Guitar," a guitar manual for beginning to advanced intermediate players which has received excellent reviews.
He is currently working on a CD which, at the rate things are going, should be finished just before the polar caps melt.
In the Fall of 2018, Rick announced that he and George Grove would be teaming up with Jerry Siggins, a fabulous lead baritone, to form a new trio, Folk Legends. They performed several shows in the Fall, and will be back on tour in March of 2019. Read more about the Folk Legends trio below.
After years apart, Rick will once again be singing with the Limeliters, filling in for Don Marovich. First on January 19th at the Austin Acoustical Cafe; then on March 1st at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Pasadena; and on March 3rd at the McCallum Theater together with The Brothers Four. A rare opportunity for folk aficionados. Details follow:
Friday, March 1, 2019: The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001. Information on time and reservations to follow. .
Rick will be back on tour with The Folk Legends at their next gig scheduled for March 29th (see schedule below).
Rick performing solo - enjoy this sample of what you might hear:
Rick performing live at the Kingston Trio Fantasy Camp in August 2017. The songs are his own original song "Yuma Fever" and John Shine's "If You Ever Want Me."
The Folk Legends
Rick, Jerry, George. Photo by Steve Casey
I am thrilled to announce that George Grove and I will be teaming up with Jerry Siggins, a fabulous lead baritone, to form a new trio, Folk Legends. Of course you all know that George and I were most recently members of the Kingston Trio; George was with them for a few weeks short of 41 years, and I for 12.
Jerry was a member of the Dapper Dans, the famous barbershop quartet that performed at Disneyland for fifteen years in California, Florida and Tokyo. He then sang for five years with an Irish band, and for the past 27 years he has been singing lead with the famous 50s group, The Diamonds. Jerry brings all that experience and his wonderful voice to the new trio and we can't wait for you to hear how those harmonies ring out.
We'll be performing what George calls the "Great American Folksong Book," singing music that will span then entire Folk Era; from the Weavers, Merle Travis and Tennessee Ernie Ford in the early 50s through the commercial success of such groups as The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Chad Mitchell Trio and The Brothers Four as well as solo performers Tom Paxton, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver and many others.
It will be wonderful to expand into this broad range of music with such powerful vocals and we hope you'll have a chance to hear us once we start touring. Check out our promotional video below.
The Folk Legends Tour Schedule
Friday, March 29, 2019 (7 PM): Berger Center - Oakmont Village, 6633 Oakmont Drive in Santa Rosa, CA. Buy Tickets.
Monday, August 5, 2019 — Saturday, August 10, 2019 Americana Folk Music Camp, Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253. Private Event.
Sunday, August 11, 2019: Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. Details and ticketing coming Spring 2019.
The Folk Legends Promotional Video
Stay tuned! I'll keep you posted.