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Meet...The Wild Ones

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Rick Lindy

Rick got his first bit of Rock-a-billy fever at the age of 11 when his sister Caren bought him his first guitar. He began writing songs around that age, usually parady songs about his 7th grade teacher Gary Tate. Always a fan of 50's and 60's and country music Rick began learning tunes of his favorites like Marty Robbins, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and the late great Hank Williams Sr. 

His late Father Richard Sr. a WWII Veteran was an accomplished Saxophone and Clarinet Player and organist. Rick was encouraged by his parents to perform for relatives and guest while visiting the family home.

In and after High School Rick was cast as the lead in many musicals such as Bye Bye Birdie, South Pacific, 1776, The Music man, The Sound of Music, Annie Get Your Gun, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying and many more. A graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Rick studied Illustration and Advertising and design. After graduation, Rick's Mom Dorothy saw an ad for an audition for a male singer in a travelling band. It turned out to be the Serendipity Singers, and Rick was hired for a 2 year contract. He lived on a tour bus even in the dead of winter. With the "dips", Rick toured all over the USA and Canada. 

Rick left the "dips" in 1992, he entertained at The Imperial Palace in Las Vegas and the Aladdin Hotel. He found the heat intolerable so he left Vegas and started Rick Lindy and The Cyclones with Wild Ones members Todd Menke and Butch Nelson.  In 1996 Rick and Butch joined Big Guitars from Memphis and began touring nation wide and abroad in Europe. He has had the pleasure of opening up for Johnny Cash in 1997, Robert Gordon in Norway 1998, and Hank Thompson in Sweden 1999. He is also personal friends with Sun Rockabilly legend Hayden Thompson who sang on the Wild Ones first album, Wild Side of Town. 

Currently Rick is also working close at hand with Scott Mackay of true Oldies 94.7FM, planning various tribute shows.  Rick also has been combining talents with Anthony Smith in Guitar Street band. He will be performing various solo shows and combining talents with other musicians in the very near future.  

Rick's hobbies are collecting antiques, old Movies. drawing and painting...and spending time with his beloved Dogs Roxy and Petey and Yoda 
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Todd Menke - Lead Guitar

The Original Lead guitarist of the band is Todd Menke. He began playing guitar at age 12 and caught on so quickly that older teenagers were asking him to join

their bands. Todd was told about Rick Lindy's talent in 1992 and approached Rick to come over to his house to play some music. The two hit it off and formed

a band with Steve Dvorak on lead guitar, Todd jumped on the stand up bass and Al Wagner on drums who was later replaced with Butch Wahx .

 They formed a group called Rick Lindy and The Cyclones a raw Rockabilly quartet which was the launching pad for The Wild Ones.

Todds energetic performing style and authentic guitar riffs make him an excellent asset to Rick Lindy and The Wild Ones.

 

 

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Andy Trippi- Drums
 
Never skipping a beat Andy is the one keeping the time and adding percussion to The Wild Ones. He has been entertaining for over four decades and has drummed for many
successful bands in Chicagoland. Two of the bands he has most recently been a member of was The Hip-Noz Rockabilly Band and The Tony Ocean Show. Just like Rick he is
a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys helping with  promotional materials for the band.
 
His heart of gold and friendly warm personality is a favorite among many fans.

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Greg Nash

Greg is The Wild Ones lead guitarist and is favorite amongst the Chicago oldies music scene. His ability to play many different styles of music has brought him down a cavalcade of paths musically.  For decades Greg has been a professional musician, he too spent many years with Johnny Star and The Meteors and has worked with Rick Lindy on various projects. Greg was on Playboy records back in the early 70's, but is a dedicated husband to Linda none the less. He can be seen drinking tons of coffee in between sets to keep his fingers limber and agile to play the Styles of guitar legends Scotty Moore, Chuck Berry and Django Reinhardt. He usually plays a Telecaster and a Gretsch Duo Jet similar to the one Cliff Gallup used on all of th early Gene Vincent hits.  

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Eric Stoliker -Bass

Originally from a small town near Detroit, Eric got his first tape recorder at the age of 8, wrote and recorded his first song at 9, got his first guitar when he was 13, and has been involved in various musical projects ever since. He was a fixture on Chicago’s north side in the 90’s playing 140 solo and trio shows every year with his Martin acoustic guitar.  He became a “Wild One” in 2008 and plays a vintage 1950’s American Standard upright bass with gut strings and a Fender Precision with flat-wound strings to get his unique “thump and jump” sound.  Early influences include Motown, Chess, and Sun records, Buddy Holly, Crickets, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Van Morrison.

Eric studied music at Western Michigan University and has lived and performed in and around Chicago for the last 20 years.  He is an accomplished vocalist, guitarist, double bassist, music teacher and producer and has worked with several notable engineers and musicians including Dave Kresl (CRC), Alan Crane (BlueFlash Studio), The Hip-Noz, Kurt Crandall and True Story, Mike Bourne, Jawbone Shack, Goldin Winker, Nick Willett, The Nashvillains, Everett Dean, Spitfire Deluxe, The Gina Knight Orchestra, and Rick Lindy and The Wild Ones.

“Rick Lindy is one of the best roots rock vocalists and writers in the Midwest and it is a privilege to be in his band with these great musicians.” es

Eric T Stoliker

Originally from a small town near Detroit, Eric got his first tape recorder at the age of 8, wrote and recorded his first song at 9, got his first guitar when he was 13, and has been involved in various musical projects ever since. Major influences include Motown, Chess, and Sun records, CKLW Radio Windsor, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Willie Dixon, Buddy Holly, Smokey Robinson, James Burton, Johnny Cash, Otis Rush, Roy Orbison, and Van Morrison and he has played all over the U.S.A. in blues, rockabilly, country, and rock bands.

Eric studied music at Western Michigan University and has lived and performed in and around Chicago for the last 17 years.  He is an accomplished vocalist, guitarist, double bassist, and music producer and has worked with several notable engineers and musicians including Dave Kresl (CRC, Inside-Job), Alan Crane, (BlueFlash Studio), The Hip-Noz, Kurt Crandall and True Story, Mike Bourne, Jawbone Shack, Nick Willett, The Nashvillains, Everett Dean, Spitfire Deluxe, The Gina Knight Orchestra, Bakersfield, and The Wild Ones.


Eric T Stoliker

Originally from a small town near Detroit, Eric got his first tape recorder at the age of 8, wrote and recorded his first song at 9, got his first guitar when he was 13, and has been involved in various musical projects ever since. Major influences include Motown, Chess, and Sun records, CKLW Radio Windsor, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Willie Dixon, Buddy Holly, Smokey Robinson, James Burton, Johnny Cash, Otis Rush, Roy Orbison, and Van Morrison and he has played all over the U.S.A. in blues, rockabilly, country, and rock bands.

Eric studied music at Western Michigan University and has lived and performed in and around Chicago for the last 17 years.  He is an accomplished vocalist, guitarist, double bassist, and music producer and has worked with several notable engineers and musicians including Dave Kresl (CRC, Inside-Job), Alan Crane, (BlueFlash Studio), The Hip-Noz, Kurt Crandall and True Story, Mike Bourne, Jawbone Shack, Nick Willett, The Nashvillains, Everett Dean, Spitfire Deluxe, The Gina Knight Orchestra, Bakersfield, and The Wild Ones.


Eric T Stoliker

Originally from a small town near Detroit, Eric got his first tape recorder at the age of 8, wrote and recorded his first song at 9, got his first guitar when he was 13, and has been involved in various musical projects ever since. Major influences include Motown, Chess, and Sun records, CKLW Radio Windsor, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Willie Dixon, Buddy Holly, Smokey Robinson, James Burton, Johnny Cash, Otis Rush, Roy Orbison, and Van Morrison and he has played all over the U.S.A. in blues, rockabilly, country, and rock bands.

Eric studied music at Western Michigan University and has lived and performed in and around Chicago for the last 17 years.  He is an accomplished vocalist, guitarist, double bassist, and music producer and has worked with several notable engineers and musicians including Dave Kresl (CRC, Inside-Job), Alan Crane, (BlueFlash Studio), The Hip-Noz, Kurt Crandall and True Story, Mike Bourne, Jawbone Shack, Nick Willett, The Nashvillains, Everett Dean, Spitfire Deluxe, The Gina Knight Orchestra, Bakersfield, and The Wild Ones.


More wild bios for the rest of the band coming soon!

Eric T Stoliker

Originally from a small town near Detroit, Eric got his first tape recorder at the age of 8, wrote and recorded his first song at 9, got his first guitar when he was 13, and has been involved in various musical projects ever since. Major influences include Motown, Chess, and Sun records, CKLW Radio Windsor, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, Willie Dixon, Buddy Holly, Smokey Robinson, James Burton, Johnny Cash, Otis Rush, Roy Orbison, and Van Morrison and he has played all over the U.S.A. in blues, rockabilly, country, and rock bands.

Eric studied music at Western Michigan University and has lived and performed in and around Chicago for the last 17 years.  He is an accomplished vocalist, guitarist, double bassist, and music producer and has worked with several notable engineers and musicians including Dave Kresl (CRC, Inside-Job), Alan Crane, (BlueFlash Studio), The Hip-Noz, Kurt Crandall and True Story, Mike Bourne, Jawbone Shack, Nick Willett, The Nashvillains, Everett Dean, Spitfire Deluxe, The Gina Knight Orchestra, Bakersfield, and The Wild Ones.