December 28 Happy Birthday Rick Hayes

Happy Birthday Rick Hayes, born December 28th, is a singer, picker, instrument maker, and recording studio owner, plus a superb mandolinist and occasional lead vocalist for .Nightflyer. He spent four years touring nationally with the Gibson Brothers, and received a coveted Highlight Review from Bluegrass Unlimited on his solo CD “Fly By Night.”

Rick attributes his musical beginnings to his father, starting in bluegrass, then journeying into the world of rock, and then finding his way back to bluegrass. His transition from rock guitar to bluegrass mandolin created a style very unique and all his own. Rick started playing around the Cincinnati area at a young age, always being in the center of the best musicians. When he fell in love with the bluegrass scene it was not enough to just play. He combined his talents and knowledge of recording and graphic arts and started his own record label. He also took a turn as a promoter, opening a theater venue with his brother in Covington, Kentucky. It was at this time that he joined Blue & Lonesome. Rick would later leave the band and go on to play and record with the Gibson Brothers, performing at some of the finest venues across the country and even the mother church itself, The Grand Ole Opry. He has recently added to his business resume with his own line of guitars and mandolins, Rick Hayes Instruments, which are endorsed by some of the best musicians in the industry. Rick is an artist in all aspects of the word, not only as a great musician, but a fine luthier, recording engineer and graphic artist. He is a true “road scholar” and brings more to the Nightflyer table then anyone could ask.

Posted on December 5, 2017 By John Lawless in BLUERAS TODAY: “Nightflyer signs with Pinecastle Records”

Pinecastle Records has announced the signing of Ohio’s Nightflyer to the label. They will release the band’s third album in 2018.
Nightflyer was formed when Gospel singer and guitarist Richard Propps hooked up with bluegrass pro, mandolinist Rick Hayes, to start a new group. Propps had many years on the Southern Gospel circuit, and Hayes was fresh off several years touring with The Gibson Brothers. They roped in Ronnie Stewart on banjo, Tony Kakaris on bass, and Tim Jackson on reso-guitar.
Now, several years later, they are quite popular on the central US bluegrass circuit. They are hoping to expand to more nationwide touring through their relationship with Pinecastle.

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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