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Salt Of The Earth

by Rick Schell

Pure Prairie League drummer/singer. Classic '70's style guitar based rock with "bluesy" vocals and a splash of Southern California country rock bringing up the rear, ala Rod Stewart meets Tom Petty meets The Eagles.
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Salt Of The Earth
2:53 $0.99
2. Tender And Tough
2:44 $0.99
3. Ain't That How...?
2:59 $0.99
4. Loneliest One
3:29 $0.99
5. Waitin' On You
2:45 $0.99
6. Right In Plain Sight
3:37 $0.99
7. Meant To Be
3:11 $0.99
8. Nothin' I Wouldn't Do
3:03 $0.99
9. She Got A Heart
3:11 $0.99
10. We're Alright
3:29 $0.99
11. You Gotta Laugh
2:36 $0.99
12. Precious And Blessed
4:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
Currently with '70's country rock pioneers PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE Rick Schell is the former drummer and "spark plug" behind the Academy of Country Music Awards nominated, Top 20 Billboard charting ("Barbed Wire And Roses") and CMT Top 10 video artist Pinmonkey. He has appeared on albums by and/ or toured the world with such luminary artists as Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Southside Johnny, and Steve Forbert among others. As a founding member of Pinmonkey and co-producer of thier first album he was instrumental in developing thier sound by providing a rock back beat and pop arrangements to a decidedly folkish/ bluegrass approach. His high harmonies and vocal arrangements helped ensure keeping one foot in the traditional while forging respectable success in the mainstream.
  Originally from a small town in Upstate New York (Homer), Rick cut his teeth singing and playing drums in the V.F.W's, Rod and Gun clubs and bars of the central New York area which provided a well rounded background in many styles of music as well as the sometimes sordid lifestyle of the working musician. Lessons he still employs today. Back then he would sing lead if he could find a drummer or visa versa and many times he would pull double duty. Cortland County, N.Y. surpisingly has been a breeding ground for some world renowned musicians and was home to rock legend Ronnie James Dio as well as members of Black Sabbath, Ritchie Blackmores Rainbow and Elf. Quite the pedigree for a largely rural, dairy farming community. There was also a healthy dose of blues, country and bluegrass music to be found. All of these musicians profoundly affected Rick as he witnessed thier show's at school dances/ concerts and from listening through the walls of the local rehearsal place or sneaking into the local clubs to see them play before and while he was playing professionally still under the legal age. The band ELF was much like The Faces, Free, Bad Company or more recently The Black Crowes and that influence can be plainly heard on parts of "Salt Of The Earth". In fact former members of the Crowes have played live with Rick and appear on some of these recordings.
  Coming from a family of seven, of which he is second to
youngest, Rick's older siblings (his brother being a drummer who gave Rick "The Curse" with a drum kit and the encouragement in which to implement it) also contributed to his musical development in that they through "guilt by association" turned him on to the music of the Beatles, Stones, Eagles, Outlaws, Poco, Doobie Brothers and so on. The musical environment in which Rick was reared is testimony enough in explaining the make up of the songs included in this album.
  Following a stint anchoring the rhythm section and of course singing with vocalist extrordinaire Benny Mardones ("Into The Night"), Rick, along with his wife Sara relocated to Nashville, Tn. Arriving in Nashville without the benefit knowing a single soul, Rick became a foot soldier in the burgeoning Americana music scene, playing and recording with many of the most original and integral artists of that genre including Buddy and Julie Miller, Tim Carroll, Kevin Gordon, Lonesome Bob, Duane Jarvis, Greg Trooper and Elizabeth Cook. Appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Austin City Limits, The Today Show, CMT and The Grand Ole Opry helped to build a solid reputation as a "go to" singing drummer.
    After several years of being asked why he didn't and after being encouraged by his musical peers, friends and perfect strangers alike, with the help of T.C., Michael Webb (Fugitive Glue) and a collection of musicians whose resume's include Kid Rock, Joe Perry, Hank Williams Jr., Pat Green, Reba McIntire andPatty Loveless. Rick has finally produced and released his own album that showcases his voice and (co-)song writing at the forefront and his abilities on several different instruments on the back side.
    In this age of artists who claim that thier music is influenced by thier "roots" and then simply follow the trends, Rick's desire was to put together an album where the only "rules" were that it feel good, is honest about where he came from . With the title track being a tribute to his late Uncle, "She Got A Heart" paying homage to his wife and the last track "Precious And Blessed" a heartfelt message of healing to his family regarding the death of his Mother to cancer in 2002, Rick Schell shows that he, the people he surrounds himself with and this album are indeed "Salt Of The Earth".



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Rosemarie Tucker

Every song is great -- hard to pick a favorite song, until...
I bought this CD from Rick's brother, Skip. I listened to each and every song thinking, "I really like every one of these and cannot pick a favorite" until I heard "Precious and Blessed". This is a song that I know Rick did for his family at the time of his mother's death but it is also a song that every person can relate to. Keep up the good work, Rick, and keep that music coming -- more CDs.


Powerful Music
I wasn't quite sure what I was going to get when I put this CD into my player last week. What I got was a combination of rock, country and pop that has been blended together into one of the best albums I have listened to in 2004. We have always heard Rick's vocal abilities in the past, but this album shows off his writing talent as he wrote or co-wrote each song on the album. The songs on Salt of the Earth are as good as anything you will hear on today's commercial radio, and in fact, Loneliest One and Precious and Blessed are better than most of the cookie cutter hits radio has to offer. After listening to the CD for about the third or fourth time, I did feel a little sad. I was reminded how so often in today's music business so much good music goes unheard. Let's hope this isn't the case with Salt of the Earth. Pick up your copy today.


This Cd has a little of something for everyone. A nice blend of songs. I found it hard to pick a favorite song. Well worth buying. Great job Rick can't wait for the next CD.

Lars Heinrich

It's about time...worth the wait!
It's been a long time since I've heard such down to earth honest rock and country rock music. Great songs and singing. Slamming guitars and grooves combined with subtle beauty. I had never heard of Rick before, though I am familiar with some of the artists he has worked with. Went surfing, read the biogaphy, heard the music clips and took a shot. It's reasonably priced and you will not be disapointed. CDbaby.com took care of me again.

Mike Mc Mullin

If you like rockin Country, this is for you!
Although I am a little biased, have gone to school with Rick, I'm also a musician I could not over embellish my review. Anyone who knows Rick knows he's a great drummer, but this CD proved to me he's a great Vocalist & songwriter. I keep finding myself humming some of the tunes, Great job Rick; I hope one of the labels gets a hold of this.

Todd Kingman

Great 'road trip" music
Just saw Rick Schell live in Upstate NY at his annual Holiday show. What a great performance! I always new him as a drummer but he was one heck of a front man too. Bought one CD there and came to this site to pick up a couple for my brother and a friend. I listened to it all the back to my home in Albany. It really is great road trip music. Not a bad song on it.

Ed Martin

Great fresh sound while keeping the classic country rock feel
Just caught Rick at a Pure Prairie League show where his drumming and vocals were first Rate. After the show I picked up the Salt of the Earth disc and have not stopped listening to it. Great vocals with a strong retro classic country rock sound but Rick adds a fresh new sound that makes this a must have CD. Keep those great tunes flowing


Excellent and a little Rod Stewart like on a few songs
This is a truly wonderful collection of songs. In the sea of music that sounds all the same it is refreashing to hear something new and original. Rick is an excellent song writer and singer. It is great to finally be able to get the full range of his abilities. I was tempted to give this cd 5 stars but I have a hard time giving anyone a perfect (even my all time favorite Bruce Springsteen). Can't wait to see these songs performed live.

Ed Ludwig

I have known Rick along time, and he has really gone after his dreams and kept his passion. Nice.

Kevin Dandeno

Great roots rock
Rick Schell has produced a very nice CD. A Dan Fogelberg meets Blackie and the Rodeo Kings mix. Good writing and very well performed. Americana the way it should sound.
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