Rick Ilowite


at "Tuckerfest" 2010, photo by Katharine Defenderfer                      at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, August, 1994, photo by Bob Yahn

My CD, This Way/That Way is still available on Itunes, Amazon, and several of the other standard downloading services. On Amazon, you can even order a physical copy. I do have just a few copies remaining myself.  So if you'd like to have one, you can order one straight from me by writing or calling - or pick one up at a show and I'll be happy to sign it!

Aside from the "stealth" gigs I've been doing for a while, there's one official show coming up and it's going to be a doozy! Looking forward to having the chance to trade some tunes and licks with the awesome Andy Cohen, so this will be one not to miss!

(NOTE NEW TIME!) Saturday, April 1, 8:00 PM
   TheTurning Point
, 468 Piermont Ave, Piermont NY  845-359-1089    With Andy Cohen. Andy's a great scholar and player of traditional blues and ragtime on both guitar and dolceola. Don't know what a dolceola is? Then you'll just have to come and find out!


For information and bookings, contact me directly by email or phone me at 845-353-7311

Here are a couple of video clips from the mid-90s performing on a syndicated folk music cable TV called "Horses Sing None of It", hosted by Ralph Litwin:



CDs and Tapes
(well only one, unless you want to buy a lot of them!)

Way back in 1993, I and my former bass player, the illustrious J. Keith Thomson, were talking about recording. Shortly thereafter, I mentioned this prospect to Jorma Kaukonen, for whom we were opening at the dearly departed Lone Star Cafe in NYC. His response was, and I quote, "I'll be deeply disappointed if you don't let me produce it!" Not being ones to leave a chance to have that much fun pass by the wayside, we rented a portable digital tape recorder and made the 10 hour drive to Jorma's farm in southeastern Ohio, where we proceeded to set up a makeshift studio in the dining room and spent a joyful week and a half recording every fart and sneeze, interspersed with hikes, cookouts, and the occasional recreational discharging of firearms. After we returned home, I also grabbed Danny Kalb (founder and lead guitarist of the legendary Blues Project), for a song...

The result of all this was the CD pictured above. It has a bunch of traditional tunes, a few covers, and a couple of modest efforts of our own.  It got  lots of airplay and great reviews, and most folks tell me it has a tasty flavor of the fun we had making it!  Click on the play buttons below to whet your appetite!

 The Ballad of Tony & Delia (with Keith Thomson on bass, and Lisa Best on harmony vocals)

 Walking the Caucasus (with Keith Thomson on contrabass clarinet, and friends & neighbors on finger-snaps)

 Folkadelic #3 (with Jorma Kaukonen on 2nd electric guitar, and Marlo on Roo)

 Kitty Lo Li ((Live at the Turning Point, not on the CD)

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