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 email@example.com, Rick Diaz c/o firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com .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
(Lake Tahoe DJ)
BK. Who, were some of your influences and who do you
listen to when you’re at home?
RD. I like a wide variety of music. On what’s current,
I’m a big fan of She and Him, Norah Jones, Ingrid
Michaelson, Michael Buble, Martina McBride, Train,
Miranda Lambert, Jewel, Francesca Battistelli, Taylor
Swift, and Paul McCartney.
Thanks to my parents and sister’s collection when I was a
young. I was exposed to Elvis, Glen Campbell, Herb
Alpert, The Beach Boys, Barbara Streisand, The Beatles,
The Eagles, John Fogerty, John Denver, Neil Sedaka,
Dean Martin, Neil Diamond, Rick Nelson, Roy Orbison,
and The Everly Brothers. I’ve always been a big fan of
Debbie Gibson. She was the inspiration for my song
Deborah Ann. We’ve met twice, she’s a sweetheart, and a
beacon of positivity! I also never missed on Saturday
night’s, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters. This
was a great variety show, many of their guests were some
of my favorites.
My Uncle Sonny Chase who lives in Bakersfield, Calif.
introduced me to country music. We are talking Merle
Haggard, Buck Owens. Aunt Millie my dad’s sister, had a
bunch of Elvis Presley and Anne Murray records, sitting
around the house. Elvis, was the first to get my attention.
Becoming a singer had not entered my mind yet.
Let’s not forget my all- time favorite female singer Olivia
Newton- John. I was so smitten by her that I wrote a
poem I Heard A Lady Sing after I saw her in concert. I
showed the poem to my best friend Tom Brault. He
played with the lyrics, and set music to it. This is how my
music career began. I would swear that I was going to
marry her someday, I was not alone! Lol. It was quite a
nice tune, for some strange reason I never performed it
live. Fast forward to Aug. 8 th 2022, I heard the sad news
that she had passed away. I couldn’t find the lyrics to the
song. I sat down at the piano, tried to remember them the
best I could. I wound up revising them, and included her
passing. It turned out very nice. It was emotional for me
to say the least. I mentioned the song to Brain “Nucci”
Cantrell a great guy and wonderful drummer. He said
“Hey, let’s record it, Olivia, has lots of fans that would like
it.” We’ll put it on our new album.
Now, Back to the Future. Early on in my musical journey
I became best of friends, with one of the finest guitar
players to ever touch a fret board, James Burton. Who has
played with most of the above mentioned. Then there’s
Carl Jackson, guitarist, banjo extraordinaire, singer/
songwriter, who is now a Grammy winning producer in
Nashville. I met him when he played for Glen Campbell.
They have both taught me a great deal about the music
business in general. Hands down, Glen Campbell is my
biggest influence for becoming an entertainer. It’s funny
that all three of these guys are so closely intertwined, and
they have become a huge part of my life!
BK. How many songs have you written?
RD. Close to seven hundred. I’ve co -written several with
James Burton, and Tom Brault. Tom is very intelligent
and practical, so he became a dentist. Lol!
BK. Can a singer make it today, without writing their own
material. Let’s say like a Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, or
RD. Great question! Norah Jones writes some of her
songs. Whitney Houston didn’t, Dolly Parton does. Then
you have people like Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert,
Brad Paisley, and Sting, they pretty much do their own
thing. Those singers you mentioned were great stylist, and
they had access to some of the best writers, producers, and
studio musicians of their time. Not everyone is that
fortunate today. Talent, is talent and it will eventually rise
to the top. It’s harder today to get played on main stream
radio. On the other hand, you have someone like Diane
Warren, who has had hits covered by all of the great
artist’s and groups of today. Burt Bacharach, had a great
thing going. He wrote for everyone and anyone, for the
longest time. He and Hal David teamed up with Dion
Warwick for a huge string of hits. Much like Jimmy Webb
and Glen Campbell did. If you have your own style, like
Lennon and McCartney, Henley and Frye of the Eagles,
Neil Diamond, Elton John, Billy Joel, or a Paul Simon.
That’s the ideal way to go. They are pretty much self-
contained artists. They sing, write, and produce
themselves. One more scenario, you have a superior
talent like Glen Campbell. One of the best studio guitarist
and singers of any generation. He backed up any one you
could think of in his day. He made his way to the top on
the strength of his musicianship alone. No fads or
gimmicks here! He became a very dear and special friend,
whom I dearly loved. He always went out of his way to
make time for me, and make me feel so special over the
years. One of my few regrets in life, we never got the golf
game in. We tried several times and it never worked out. I
did watch him play a few times at the Andy Williams
Open. I miss him dearly!
BK. How do you relax?
RD. I walk around in a daze at the local mall, and then I
go see a movie. No, just kidding. I started to take golf
seriously in 1997, and I love to fish, play tennis, watch
Dodger games, read books, and take pictures during my
travels. My great- grandparents and grandparents, were
all ranchers, so this explains my love for horses, and the
outdoor lifestyle. I’m most at home, and can be myself
when I’m in this environment. Tahoe, and its surrounding
areas have become a haven to me. I truly enjoy
performing for people. But by nature, I’m a very shy and
soft- spoken person. I would much rather observe, than be
observed. You might find this hard to believe, but I’m
somewhat of a Lone Ranger. I’ve learned to balance both
sides of my personality. I really treasure my quiet and
BK. Did you ever think of any other career outside of
RD. I originally was going to play baseball. I was an
excellent pitcher, and a very good hitter. I never saw half
of my potential. Sadly, I got burned out by the politics,
and B.S. that follow the sport, and soon my passion began
to fade from the game. I majored in drama for a while in
college. I would produce and star in my own student films
in High School. Tom was in a couple of these, as were
two dear friend’s Mark Fiddler, and the late Bill Kulp.
(They were all Westerns)
I’ve worked on some movies, and TV shows in the past. I
was in “The Playground”, which came out in 2017. It was
directed and written by Edreace Permal. A great guy, and
talent! If you look really close you can see me in Clint
Eastwood’s Pink Cadillac. I also worked on Dog’s
(David McCallum) Rub Down and Prohet of Evil, these
were made as TV movies. I have a close up at the
beginning of Shadow Hunter starring Scoot Glen, and
Benjamin Bratt. It went straight to TV. I was a guest on
Spot Light in San Diego with the late Mike Pollock. I have
been featured on several TV shows in Arizona. One
Arizona Illustrated was shot at Old Tucson movie studios.
I’ve produced and directed several of my music videos and
my Portrait of An Artist, DVD. Fortunately for me, I feel
very comfortable in front of a camera.
I have three original screen plays Dreams of Gold, The
Long Road Home, and Ride Robin Ride, plus a Christmas
Special, Merry Christmas From Tahoe. I have a distribution
agreement for all four projects with Lee Thornburg, of
LoneStar Pictures out of Dallas, Texas. He has become a
trusted friend and ally the past 16 years. He’s one of the
most positive, and honest people I know. I will be in all
three of these, and do the soundtrack as well. James and
Carl are also on board.
Some of my friends like Buck Brannaman “The Horse
Whisperer” are involved in these projects. One of my best
friends Joe Parsons from Marana, AZ, wanted me to
rodeo with him. He is still one of the best calf ropers in the
business today. The entire family rodeos. His brothers,
Clay, Cutter, his kids Joseph, Emily, and Erin. These
people are awesome, and they were the inspiration for
The Long Adventure Home. I think this sums up what
kind of role they play in my life.
This is the path I have chosen in life. It has been my
deepest desire to someday have a horse ranch of my own.
I’ve had some minor success early on, but the road has
been long and hard for the most part. Hopes can be
brutal, when things don’t turn out the way we would like
them to. I’m sure that the discipline, and perseverance, I
developed while I was involved in athletics. My will to
succeed is a grace from God!
BK. Who picks your material for you, the record label, a
I have my own production company Tahoe City
Productions, which includes High Sierra Records,
Tahoe City Music Publishing, and Tahoe City Films, I
produce myself. A wonderful and talented young man by
the name of Jon Hasz, has been coproducing with me
since 2010. We just finished a Christmas CD My
Memories of Christmas. We are remastering it, and
have added a couple of new songs to it. An EP, A Song
For All Seasons was released.
I’ll Be There When You Need Me, is the single that will
go out to radio first. We had some awesome players, and
singers, on both of these. I’ve recorded around forty -five
songs for both projects. The new CD/Album that’s being
finished at the moment will be titled The Song I Sing
Tonight. I’m very proud of these sessions, and the
wonderful people that have shared their talents with me.
I’m currently in the zone, and I’m so grateful for this. I’ve
finally learned to enjoy the journey, and just have fun! No
easy feat here.
Bk. Where were you when you heard a song of yours for
the first time on the radio?
Right here in Lake Tahoe. It was the winter of ‘93, I was
in the car in Tahoe City, you were on the air, when I
heard My Christmas Wish For You. I thought I was going
to dance in the snow, I was so happy!
BK. What’s your favorite type of venue to perform in,
concerts, film, television, theatre?
RD. I’ve experienced them all at one time or another.
I would give the nod to a live concert with a huge band
behind me. This enables me to play any style of music I
BK. What instruments do you play?
RD. Guitar is my main instrument. I do know my way
around the piano, and banjo some. I do play some of the
percussion on my recordings. I do this to safe money! Lol!
BK. Finally do you sing in other languages?
I’m fluent in Spanish. I know a little French, Italian, and
some Native American dialect. I sing a little in Spanish,
I’m working on translating some of my songs to Spanish. I
did a duet of Feliz Navidad with Danielle Tucker, an
awesome singer on the new Xmas CD.
BK. Any final words for the general public?
I want to thank all those that have supported me on my
journey. It’s a gift that God has given me. The road has
not been an easy one, and many times I was so exhausted
and disappointed, that I wanted to just quit and walk
I know my mom Chris, is guiding me from heaven.
Along with my grandpa Gilbert Barrios, who taught me to
how ride a horse and bought me my first guitar. The late
Tony O’ Gorman, who took care of me, and my horses.
He gave me my first rope, and Juan Montano who taught
me how to use it.
I’ve met some lovely people along the way. I would like
to acknowledge them, like my late mgr. Bob McClure
who opened the first door for me. The late Richard
Farnsworth, Burt Kennedy, Jack Thompson, Glen
Campbell, Bobby Hoy, Bob Matchinski, and Henry
Darrow, and Don Collier, and retired actor Robert Fuller,
for believing in Dreams of Gold. The late Hal Spencer of
Manna Music, for his guidance and friendship. Bill Kulp,
you were there from the beginning for me, miss you “
Butch”. The late Brian Farnon, and my dear friend
Parmer Fuller, both have taught me so much about
orchestras, arranging, and life in general! Alex de los
Reyes, and Xavier Hernandez, for capturing so much of
this on camera. James Burton, my big brother and
mentor, you’ve always been my inspiration to play the
guitar. Carl Jackson, one of the finest people I know, and
a tremendous talent. Phil Everly, for that impromptu class
on songwriting. Finally, Olivia Newton-John, thank you
for the inspiration that began all of this for me. Someday
in heaven, I’ll play you your song. Please ride my horse
Dixie, and take care of her for me. You have all become
part of my journey. This alone has been a dream come
true! So I say to all of you out there, never give up on life,
and keep your dreams close to your heart. I wish everyone
good health, happiness, and all of God’s blessings.
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
RD. Thank you my dear friend, it’s been my pleasure!