Michael Ricks

I was born in Toledo, OH. Growing up, I moved around often before I found a love for country music.

After a period of time, I found myself wanting to expand creatively. Having already played guitar and fingerpicking for over ten years, I picked up the five-string, open-back banjo and found an entirely brand new sound.

I believe music can bring us together. If you look at the banjo itself, it is a hybrid of African and European designs and sounds. There's the proof right there. Every time you hear and see music artists of different backgrounds coming together, it shows us that we can also do this, not only in music but in daily life. 

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