Rick Roberts

She Is a Song

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Singer/guitarist Rick Roberts' second of two solo LPs was recorded prior to the formation of Firefall. This release, produced by fellow ex-Burrito Chris Hillman, is more wide-ranging than his earlier solo effort. There are quite a few musicians on loan from Stephen Stills' group Manassas; in addition to Hillman, Latin percussionist Joe Lala, keyboardist Paul Harris, and Al Perkins on pedal steel guitar are present. Roberts' attractive vocals and low-key acoustic guitar are consistent throughout the record. "She Is a Song" is a breezy ballad with fine work by Perkins and Lala (heard on flute). His take of Stills' "Four Days Gone" has more of a country flavor, while "Glad to Be Going" features Rusty Young's magnificent Dobro. Although a few songs turned up on a 1979 anthology LP, this long out of print record will be tough to acquire.

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