The Desert Pulse artist spotlight on Dick Earl.
Name: Dick Earl
Genre: Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll
Home: St. George, UT
Influences: Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin Wolf, Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Johnny Cash, ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Ray Charles, and others.
Dick Earl Ericksen is the type of musician that it only takes a few notes to know you are going to like everything he does. Whether he is penetrating your soul with stirring harmonica abilities, getting you hooked with incredible looping guitar styling, or grabbing your attention with deep, raw, bluesy vocals–Dick Earl will make it clear, through every note, you are witnessing a true professional possessing the gift of music.
Any single talent developed to the degree Dick Earl possesses would make any musician proud. However, his capability to combine them all, AT THE SAME TIME, offers an astonishing production of multi-layered sounds and gripping rhythms intertwined to create an unique quality of sound seldom matched in sound or feel. There is a strong honesty in his music reaching the depths of a true bluesman’s soul.
Although, his music most readily fits the genre of blues, Dick Earl’s music has an appeal across the spectrum. He has been featured as an on-stage and pit musician in a major production of Roger Miller’s Broadway musical, “Big River,” and appears regularly with nationally-acclaimed Blues artist and recipient of the 2014 “Keepin’ the Blues Alive” award, Tas Cru.
Throughout the year, Dick Earl travels and appears on stages stretching from New York to Las Vegas. His credits include opening for artists such as Billy Currington, Firehouse, Janet Robin, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited, judging the International Blues Challenge, and is often called into the studio to add his mojo to other artists’ work. When he is not touring, he often pops in on local venues to perform a number or two with his wife Alice Erickson when she is performing with her group Soul What!?
Trained and educated as an educator, Dick Earl continues to enjoy teaching. When on tour and not wailing on the harp, he makes regular appearances at schools across the country to share his passion for music. He and his wife also own The Academy. The Academy offers an after-school program for youth, ages 8-18, interested in learning music performance. Here students not only develop fundamental skills on their chosen instruments, they learn how to perform both in the classroom and on-stage in live performances. The Ericksen’s three children also all do or have attended and have benefited from music in the home. All three are multi-instrumentalists and singers with a bright musical future ahead.
Whether playing solo, with his band (Dick Earl’s Electric Witness), or with other high-level talent, Dick Earl is a one artist all should experience. His talent, passion, and love of music is contagious. Dick Earl will satisfy your crave for music and infect you with a desire to dance.