Richie Pavledis

Early '60s... East London... Cream, Elvis, Leadbelly. The beginnings of a passion for rhythms on percussion and lyrics on guitar. Up in the attic in Walthamstow... Berry, Dylan, Tull, teddy boys, mods 'n' rockers, The Stones, The Beatles were the influences shaping the life and music of Richie Pavledis. Richie came to Western Australia in his teens and began honing his skills with a number of local bands, including Prayer Wheel, Buckshot, Slave and Barrelhouse. The '70s gave way to the '80s, by which time Richie had worked the blues circuit with the likes of the Dave Hole band, and the country scene with Alby Pool's No City Limits. Finally, he found the blend of styles that suited his eclectic foundations and wide ranging talents with Rick Steel and Marc Gordon in The Hot Biscuit Band. While a great many bands have benefited from Richie's rhythmic interpretations and unique vocal style, there has always been a deep yearning to express his thoughts and feelings through his own compositions. So in the late '90s he began working on his debut album Long Distance Dream and, with the help of Tony Shergold, they put together a splendid CD featuring some of WA's finest musicians - Dave Clark, Bob Patient, Marc Gordon, Tony Shergold, Jean Guy and John Burn. The album's title track took out the West Australian WAMI 2001 Award for Best Blues Song. In 2002, Richie recorded and released his second CD Minstrel, a blend of country, folk and blues with acoustic melodies. On his third album Live at the Charles - the home of the Perth Blues Club - Richie recorded a selection of blues songs by some of his favorite artists as well as three of his compositions. In March 2006, Richie released his 4th CD Holly, which is a warm collection of songs, including the old Cat Stevens song Father and Son and his arrangement of the classic Ghost riders in the sky. After spending some time living in Switzerland, Richie and Gaby have returned to OZ and recorded album number five Movin' On, a collection of 12 new songs. Recorded by James Hewgill the master sound man and the wonderfully talented bass player Gandharva, the album was released on 21st July 2007. With all his albums, Richie has stepped out in his own right. His unique vocal and instrumental skill, imagination and a willingness to express from the heart has given us excellent CD's from a local treasure.

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