LIMA — Musician Ricky Nye will be at Liberty Arts Magnet School beginning Monday, Feb. 26, working with students during the district’s annual Blues in the Schools program.
Nye was born in Cincinnati and was bitten by the music bug at the age of five. He began his performing career at age 12 with his family’s band. His musical journeys on piano, organ and accordion have taken him through jazz (with internationally acclaimed guitarist Wilbert Longmire), funk, rock & roll, country, zydeco, New Orleans styles, boogie woogie and blues.
After years of leading Ricky Nye & The Red Hots (winners of Best Blues Band in the Cincinnati Enquirer’s 2001 Cammy awards), Ricky now focuses his attention on his trio/quartet Ricky Nye Inc. and Ricky Nye & The Paris Blues Band, based in Paris. Ricky is a solid solo performer, winning Best Solo Act in the 2001 and 2002 Cammy Awards, along with many other awards and accolades. Since 1996, Ricky has been a regular performer on the Arches Boogie Stage, part of Cincinnati’s Cincy Blues Fest, where he was inducted into the International Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame in 2013.
Nye will do a public concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Allen County Museum.