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Rick Malis

Rick Malis has been a fixture in roots music in western Pennsylvana when he arrived here in the 70s to go to college. During college he started performing as a singer songwriter and with bluegrass bands. In 1979, Rick formed The Dog Run Boys with Bob Artis, Bernie Cunningham and Don Shean. They quickly became one of the most popular modern bluegrass bands in the region and received outstanding critical reviews with the release of their first album, "Unleashed". In 1983, The Dog Run Boys release their second album, "Profiles" and Bob left the band shortly thereafter. The band continued to perform with Bernie moving to mandolin and guitar and Ted Sohier playing bass. They continued to perform until 2000 with the release of their last recording, "Fresh Tracks".

In 1985, Rick received his first national attention for his songwriting. "Blue Ridge" written with Bob Artis became the title track of the very successful collaboration between Jonathan Edwards and The Seldom Scene. The song remains one of the Seldom Scene's most popular song and has been recorded by many other national artists.

Rick also started to get recognition for his songwriting with the release of two solo projects featuring orginal material, "Solo" and Blue and Brokenhearted". In July of 2012, he released his third release of all original material, "Heartbreak Town".

Rick also collaborated on a CD project with fellow Pittsburgh songwriter, Tom Breiding and graduates of Calliope Folk Music to write and release a series of Pittsburgh songs to celebrate the city. The CD is called "When We Shine".

Rick has also been writing and performing with The Mavens, since 2004. The band released its first CD in 2006 and continues to be one of the most popular and critically acclaimed honky-tonk, western swing and neo-traditional country bands in the region.