|Roy Rieck & the Medley Band
Hometown: London, UK / Tel Aviv, Israel
Web site: http://www.myspace.com/royrieck
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Roy Rieck was born and raised in Tel-Aviv Israel. Roy's musical journey began at a late stage of his life - during his military service, Roy picked up a harmonica, both out of boredom and because of his love for folk music (some might say it was a higher calling, though they are shunned in most social circles), and slowly but steadily (!) discovered a world which he had always felt a part of.
Roy spent 2007 in the Mississippi in search of a better understanding of music. Despite spending many cold nights waiting at several different crossroads, Roy failed to sell his soul to the devil in return for musical stardom. He did however play harmonica for several acts around the region, playing everything from the blues to bluegrass, in venues ranging from juke-joints to big festivals (including a worm up act for B.B. King in his Homecoming Festival).
Roy returned to Israel to join a group of childhood friends, young and promising (but never fulfilling) musicians, all independently involved with several music acts. Together they formed the Holy Gracious Medley Band, a proud member of the Collective musical family, playing their own mix of folk, blues, rock and boogie.
Roy and the band began performing around Tel-Aviv and Israel during 2008, gathering a loyal fan-base, which continues to grow (we don't know where to store them these days). The band released their first EP in March 2008, titled "The Pinpoint Room" - which was picked up by some of Israel's most respected radio stations. No budget, no PR, no business plan and not one good and solid idea.
In early 2009, after infinite mistakes, numerous let-downs, ongoing displays of betrayal, bigotry, licentiousness and never ending embezzlements, the Medley Band finally released their self-produced debut album:
NEVER TRUST THE HOLY GRACIOUS MEDLEY BAND
After the album recieved great reviews, and after the Medley band has played many successive shows all over Israel in various formats (some members disappear for weeks without telling no-one, you can't really control it) and just as you finaly felt that a mutual ground of trust is being formed - the natural thing to do was to drop it all and instantly move out to London with the whole Collective family.
So, now they are in the UK and yet again, loved ones left behind, future prosperity is in doubt, playing the next street-corner available, up from scratch. It's the Medley Gang philosophy. And it sounds promising.
More to come. Soon. Enough.
the Holy Gracious Medley Band:
Idan Rabinovici - Laundry
Daniel Shoam - House Maintenance
Nadav Luzia - Collective chef
Joseph "E-shine" - Treasury
Emanuel "slobi" Slonim - Fixing things up
Roy "Hamudi" rabinovici - Voiceovers
Roy Rieck - Cleaning after them all, and complaining