Rick Sharp's 70s Music
Occasionally, Rick Sharp traded his art for recording studio time with various musicians of the day who sought him out for concert posters and album covers. Sharp was lucky enough to have some of his original songs produced by well-known music icons like Jim Messina. Most of his recordings were made at Condor Ridge Studios in Winchester Canyon, high on a mountain top, north of Santa Barbara - owned and operated by the late Conrad Von Dehn - the musically gifted son of 40s big band singer Ginny Simms. Some of Sharp's songs were compiled into a 1979 album he named "Earth Song" (not to be confused with Michael Jackson's album of the same name sixteen years later). Other songs listed above were not included on the album and remain as alternate tracks. The artist created illustrations to accompany his songs in booklets for live performances and albums. Sharp's music is a direct reflection of the lifestyle he was living and the art he was creating at the time: odes to nature and the people inhabiting their beautiful domain.