I trust that everyone is recovering from the last two years. I know we have all been affected one way or another. I can only hope that we have learned to be a little kinder and more helpful to one an another. I personally took advantage of this down time, by writing a new script, a movie tie-in novel, rewrote another screenplay, some new songs, a TV special, and I’ve gotten back into the recording studio. I’m happy to say I’ve also been working on my tennis game, and have seen the Dodgers play live quite a few times!!! I’m learning to enjoy the simple pleasures of life we often take for granted!
My Christmas special “Merry Christmas From Tahoe” for television is in the works. Due to the pandemic, we were not able to film last year. We’ll also have a live album to accompany the show. Members of the Reno Symphony will back us up. A big thank here to Jeff Leep. My dear friend Parmer Fuller will be our conductor. This promises to be very special! At present moment I cannot tell you who all of my guests are. I know you will love them! I can say that James Burton, Irlene Mandrell and comedians Williams and Ree are among them. Speaking of James, we are planning to do some more concerts together. Lake Tahoe is looking like the first one on the list. We’ll announce the date and place when all is confirmed.
I’m elated to say that my screen play, Dreams of Gold, which had been on the back burner for some time, is in between development and pre-production. It will be filmed in the Tahoe basin and surrounding areas. We’ve got a great cast and crew lined up for this one. This has been a labor of love for me. Twenty- two years ago, the late Richard Farnsworth, Director Burt Kennedy, my pals Glen Campbell, Bobby Hoy, along with James Drury, Henry Darrow, Don Collier, Producer Jack Thompson and others were on board. They all had made their mark in the world of Western films, and television. We really thought we had a winner. Sadly, they are no longer with us, but they remain in spirit. A few of the original cast members are still involved. This has been one crazy journey trying to get this film made.
From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone that believed in me and encouraged me along the way. You know who you are, and so do I.
I’ll Be There When You Need Me is being remastered. My late friend and mentor Hal Spencer told me this should be the lead single. The message is very relevant for the world we are living in. Boy, was he right on that one! Hal, you are still guiding me from Heaven.
Last year, I did do a number of acoustic shows in a San Diego beach community. I won’t say where to protect the patrons and businesses. I guess it made them happy and I was able to try out some of the new material you’ll be hearing on the album. I don’t think I have ever been so creative in such a short amount of time, as I was last year. With God’s blessings, I can’t wait to get out there with James, Jon Hasz, the band, and some new friends. The Performing Arts are meant to not only entertain, but teach us about self-knowledge and expression. To have the opportunity to lift one’s spirits, is something I have never taken for granted. I consider this an honor and a special privilege.
This gives me the opportunity to thank those that have inspired me and touched my life along the way. I have never, never, done anything to be rich, or famous! If anything, pursuing my dreams has kept me in the poor house. Lol! I do things because it is my passion, a gift from God. It is my sincerest wish and prayer that we see you all very soon! Thank you for letting me share my story with all of you. I wish you much happiness, abundance, and renewed health.
Be good to one an another!
God bless you all!
Rick Diaz/ Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Recording Artist, will be in concert this Father’s Day June 17th at 3:30 pm on the Paddock Stage, at the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Rick’s Special Guest will be legendary guitarist James Burton. Burton, is a Grammy winner, and member of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Burton, first came into prominence as Rick Nelson’s guitarist, on the TV series the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and played on Rick’s early hits from the late 50’s and early 60’s. A member of the famed LA Wrecking Crew he became Elvis’s Presley’s lead guitarist and band leader from ’69 to ’77. From Sinatra, John Denver, The Beach Boys, Herb Alpert, Glen Campbell, to Norah Jones and Brad Paisley he’s played with them all.Still active to this day, James has become the most recorded guitarist in the history of popular music.
A San Diego native(born in Chula Vista) got his first break appearing at the Harrah’s Tahoe Hotel in Lake Tahoe, NV. A consummate entertainer, he has worked with Glen Campbell, Carl Jackson, Clint Black, and James Burton to name a few. His up tempo mix of Pop, Country, Gospel, Folk, and Rock, have given him a universal sound and across the board appeal to all ages. Rick recently had a Christmas hit with,I’m Gonna Shake The Decorations Right Off Your Christmas Treelast year. His new CD,A Song For All Seasons, is due out later this year. The lead single I’ll Be There When You Need Me will be featured in the feature film “The Long Adventure Home”which Rick will star in. Saguaro Moon and You Are Loved, co -written by Burton and Diaz appear on the CD along with Hey Little Lindsay, Fallin For You, and Tahoe City Days.Rick will open the featuring cuts from his new album, and classic covers that have influenced his style. James portion of the show will cover the hits he’s played on including an Elvis medley, a special tribute to Glen Campbell, songs that Burton and Diaz have written together. James will tell stories about the artists that seguey into the songs.
Backed by an nine- piece stellar group of musicians and singers from San Diego led by Jon Hasz, Ethan Brown, JR Gurnsey, Joel Tuttle, Mark Lamsan, V.J. Brion, Anita Branch, and Malcom Jones. This is a once in a lifetime show, that you won’t want to miss!Burton has been a major force in Rick’s life, and influenced his unique sound. Watch these two friends come together for an afternoon of memorable music. Sing it Rick and Play it James! You can follow Rick at tahoecitymusic.com and James@james-burton.net. For press info and interviews contact the James Burton Foundation at (318) 424-5000 firstname.lastname@example.org, Rick Diaz c/o email@example.com and (858) 245-4263
A portion of all merchandise sold at the show will go to benefit the James Burton Foundation and Alzheimer’s in memory of Glen Campbell.
Rick Diaz and His Band of Thieves Christmas Medley:
My Memories of Christmas Wow! It’s still summer and I’m writing liner notes for a Christmas CD. Lol! Anyone, that knows me would tell you that this is my favorite time of the year! Coming from a multicultural background, Christmas would mean plenty of homemade tamales, lasagna, cherry cobbler, mountain berry pies, and of late the roasted pine nuts that was a staple of the Washoe tribe in Lake Tahoe. Either way you look it, it’s a time of celebration! Christmas to me is so much more than receiving gifts. It’s more of putting a smile on a loved one’s face, let’s go beyond that a complete stranger! We are all related in the eyes of God our creator. I can remember going to midnight mass at St. Michaels Catholic church in Paradise Hills in San Diego. As the years would pass I have celebrated Christmas in California, Maryland, Tucson, Arizona, Julian, California, and finally my favorite place to be for Christmas beautiful Lake Tahoe. Once I got involved in music, I would sing in folk groups at various parishes. Advent was always a very special time for the music group. This would occasionally lead to Christmas caroling in the neighborhood. On one particular trip, I was coming back from Tahoe after a few concerts. I stopped by to visit my Aunt Millie and Uncle Sonny Chase, on their farm in Bakersfield, CA. Thanks to my Aunt Mille’s urging, I wrote my first Christmas song “I’m Gonna Shake the Decorations Right Off Your Christmas Tree”! “Lord have mercy! What was he thinking when he wrote that?” you must be saying to yourself. Actually, the inspiration came from the Country Bears Christmas show at Disneyland. It’s no longer there, but you can watch it on you tube. I was on my way or so I thought! I wrote another holiday tune “My Christmas Wish For You”. It’s the first time I have ever heard one of my recordings being played on the radio,it was KRLT 93.9 FM. I was in the Safeway parking lot in Tahoe City. I thought I was going to dance in the snow I was so happy. I remember sharing this with Thurley Burnett who at the time was Glen Campbell’s personal secretary. She told me” This is why you record Rick, never forget this memory!” She was kind enough one Christmas to set it up for me to watch Glen’s Christmas show at Harrah’s Reno. Glen put on one beautiful show and we had the most wonderful visit afterwards. There are no words to describe the joy I felt after his words of encouragement he gave me” You go out there and make me proud son!” My version of Blue Christmas is my homage to Glen and Elvis. The string arrangements are right out of the Al De Lory/ Campbell classic Christmas recordings. The electric guitar solo, well that’s James Burton all the way. I would eventually write more Christmas songs and knew that my first ever Christmas album was inevitable. Having received favorable air play with the first songs, I felt that there was a chance something would click here. I had seven originals and narrowed it down to my five favorite standards to round out the CD. I have had the opportunity to perform a Christmas show here and there, and was encouraged by the response the group and I received. It has been a real labor of love, working on a limited budget. I knew I could not afford the type of arrangements, I was hearing in my head. Thanks to my dear friend, co- producer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and little brother Jon Hasz, we put our creative hats on and came up with a sound, that we felt did the songs justice. This has been done over the course of several years and remixes, etc. The cast is stellar what can I say. Tripp Sprague, Jon Hasz, Ethan Brown, Sharon Whyte, Ashley Foster, Danielle Tucker, Don Wiseman, Steve Baker, Rex Havoc, Jenny and Steven Flynn, Samantha Moroney, Chris Vitas, JR Guernsey. This is some serious talent here! My Christmas experiences in Tahoe, have certainly influenced many of the songs on this recording. Someday soon I would love to do a Christmas special from Lake Tahoe. I fondly remember those John Denver specials in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I could go on writing forever, but I think I will let you listen to the album and let it tell the story for you. Glen, Thurley, my Mom and Aunt Mille, Bob Matchinske, and others are no longer with us. I know that they are listening up in heaven. These are memories I will always treasure as I go on with my journey. Of all these memories the most important being, this is the birth of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I want to wish you all good health, peace, happiness, and prosperity. On behalf of the gang and myself we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, a safe and a Happy New Year! God bless you all! Love, Rick December, 2017
April 24, 2017
Recording artist Rick Diaz, releases a new single to radio” I’ll be There When You Need Me.” This is the first single from the upcoming CD album “A Song For All Seasons” to be released later this year. The up tempo popish gospel flavored Diaz original is being released on the High Sierra Record label. It is produced by Rick and Jon Hasz for Tahoe City Productions. A concert tour is in the works, along with special shows with legendary guitarist James Burton. Burton and Diaz collaborated on two of the albums cuts, Saguaro Moon and You Are Loved. The single will be featured in the upcoming feature film “The Long Adventure Home” which Rick will star in. Production is planned for later this year.
The singer, songwriter, actor, guitarist, can also be seen later this year in the feature film” The Playground”. A native of San Diego, Rick got his first break performing at Harrah’s Tahoe. His up tempo multi genre across the board appeal, and easy going personality have made him a hit with audiences both young and old. Rick is backed by a stellar group of musicians and singers including Jon Hasz, Tripp Sprague, Don Wiseman, Toby Ahrens, JR Guerns, Sharon Whyte, Paul Seaforth, Samantha Moroney, Amanda Wright, Chris Vitas, and Danielle Tucker.
Up and coming singer, songwriter, actress Samantha Moroney has just recorded two duets with Rick. “I Thank God For You” for the new CD and the Christmas single “Merry Christmas From Tahoe.” She will be featured in Rick’s upcoming shows. For more info contact Robin Lockwood at firstname.lastname@example.org .Tahoe City Music is proud to announce that 10% of all sales and downloads of all merchandise from Rick’s catalogue, will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Foundation in honor of Glen Campbell. The pledge will run through Dec. 31st of 2017. You can follow Rick’s career on tahoecitymusic.com, CD Baby, Rick Diaz Music Face Book, Rick Diaz IMDb. Down loads are available on CD Baby, Apple, I tunes. CD’s can be purchased at tahoecitymusic.com. “I’m a very blessed and lucky man, to get to do the things that I dreamed about as a kid. I look forward to seeing all of you down the road. Happy New Year and God Bless!”
Tahoe City Productions
Dear Friends, Family, and Fans of Glen Campbell,
In memory of Glen, we here at Tahoe City Music have extended our pledge of 10% of all sales downloads, and merchandise to the Alzheimer’s Foundation in Glen’s honor. I met him when my journey began at 20 years old. Over the years, he came to be like a big brother, friend, and inspiration. I will never forget the kindness he extended to me. A little bit of Glen will be with me as I continue on my journey. In his honor, reach out to a stranger with a word of kindness and smile. This is how I will remember him.
Save me a tee time Glen. You’re singing with the angels now,
Look for us on tour in 2017 and shows with the legendary James Burton are in the works!
Tahoe City Music & High Sierra Records
Downloads and CD’s are available on CD Baby .com. Apple, I tunes , and tahoecitymusic.com. Rick Diaz “My Memories of Christmas “ and “ A Glen Campbell Christmas Tribute” can be seen on you tube and tahoecitymusic.com