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WES RICKS

Born in Louisiana, Wes Ricks' music is a by-product of his Choctaw Indian roots, but oddly enough, his musical journey began in Vietnam. From 1966 to 1967 he was a "River Rat" for the U.S. Navy patrolling the waters -- "a sitting duck" in a small 2-man boat, often 24-hour days, looking for Viet Cong and smugglers carrying contraband -- drugs, munitions and anything that would aid the enemy.  After his tour of duty Wes signed up for guitar and keyboard lessons through the Phoenix VA Health System's Recreation Therapy program. But soon after, as he and his late wife, Margie walked through the Mall in Tempe, AZ the distinctive sound of a pentatonic flute being played by Native American flutist, Sagio called to him -- and Wes was hooked. His musical career was put on hold for 12 years, while he cared for his wife until her death in 2007.



















 Now, he volunteers at the VA, travels and through his music Wes expresses his "inner self." His heritage, heartache, harrowing experiences and happiness are all part of his music. Oliver Wendell Holmes said: "Many people will die with their music still in them." But Wes Ricks won't be one of those people. Born in Louisiana, Wes Ricks' music is a by-product of his Choctaw Indian roots, but oddly enough, his musical journey began in Vietnam. From 1966 to 1967 he was a "River Rat" for the U.S. Navy patrolling the waters -- "a sitting duck" in a small 2-man boat, often 24-hour days, looking for Viet Cong and smugglers carrying contraband -- drugs, munitions and anything that would aid the enemy.

 After his tour of duty Wes signed up for guitar and keyboard lessons through the Phoenix VA Health System's Recreation Therapy program. But soon after, as he and his late wife, Margie walked through the Mall in Tempe, AZ the distinctive sound of a pentatonic flute being played by Native American flutist, Sagio called to him -- and Wes was hooked. His musical career was put on hold for 12 years, while he cared for his wife until her death in 2007. Now, he volunteers at the VA, travels and through his music Wes expresses his "inner self." His heritage, heartache, harrowing experiences and happiness are all part of his music. Oliver Wendell Holmes said: "Many people will die with their music still in them." But Wes Ricks won't be one of those people.



For booking and shows contact Wes Ricks at :  wesbooking@hotmail.com

Wes and Ed

Wes Ricks Two Worlds CD / DVD

Choctaw Indian Flute Master