Rick Steele

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As President of the Perth Blues Club, Rick Steele has been a major factor in the development of the blues and roots community in Perth and has shared both his passion and his knowledge with many of WA's musicians over the years.

While he has lived much of his life in Perth, Steele is originally from New Zealand, and is the son of a preacher man quite literally. With his mother a piano teacher, Steele grew up with music in his life. But it wasn't the 'Lord's music' that inspired him, it was the music of Elvis and The Beatles that set in motion the Rick Steele we know today.

His mother refused to buy the 12 year old a guitar, as she was not thrilled about Elvis at all; she offered a violin or piano lessons instead. Rick said "bugger that", and promptly got a job to pay for his own guitar.

After school, Rick decided to become a teacher, figuring that his mother and sister were both teachers and that "preaching and teaching go together really". It was while at training school that he landed his first band - The Vision in the mid to late 1960s.

Since those very early years, Rick has gone on to forge a successful musical career for himself, both as a recording artist and member of various well-known and talented outfits. He has also been the force behind the Perth Blues Club since its inception back in 1992.

Now he is also known for being the father to two of the new generation of shining stars - Katie, Luke and Jake. But perhaps most importantly, Rick Steele has continued to preach and to teach the beauty of music to all who will listen at various venues in Perth and WA.

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