Bottom Feeders Jamboree
Rick Malsick has been writing songs and plays since the 80s, when he was commissioned by the City of KCMO's Cultural Arts Program to write and produce five children's musicals. He was songwriter (8 new songs), music director and co-author of Radio Free Cowtown, which was commissioned by the KC-150 Celebration, and was broadcast on KCUR (May, 2000). Rick was lyricist and co-author of Deus Ex Microsoft, which won an award in the National Audio Theatre Festivals' national scriptwriting competition and published in NATF's Script Book (2003). His verse drama, The Transfiguration of Mary M, was recognized by the 2006 National Audio Theatre Festival and published in NATF's 2006 Script Book. Malsick's song "Closes Her Eyes" was a medalist in the New Song Showcase at the Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS in 2007 and "The Christmas Tumbleweed (Ford County, 1935)" was the winning entry in the Parkville (MO) Songwriters Circle's 2007 Christmas Song Contest and at Winfield in 2008. As a musician, Malsick has developed a unique jazz/blues fingerstyle approach to guitar, based on the styles of Merle Travis, Mississippi John Hurt and Big Bill Broonzy. His album Bottom Feeders Jamboree was released in 2007. Malsick also plays bass for The Herrmannators, which released We are the People in 2008.