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Rick and Marilyn

'Rick and Marilyn' is a Guitar-Centric Folk-Rock duo out of Hudson, NY. Marilyn writes, sings, and plays acoustic rhythm guitar while Rick provides tasteful guitar accompaniment and amazing solos. Together they perform originals that have great melodies and memorable hooks along with an array of favorite classic folk/rock/country/blues cover songs.

Guitarist Rick Warren, influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townsend, Larry Coryell, Karl Berger, and John McLaughlin, also plays with the Motown tribute, ‘Doc Horton and the Jay Street band’, as well as supporting Slink Moss in ‘The Magic Stones’ and creating Soundscape compositions of his own.  He has a reputation for giving the song exactly what it needs, telling ‘the rest of the story’ with his soulful, melodic solos. 

Singer-songwriter Marilyn Miller was known for leading Open Jams at venues in Hudson for many years.  These days, when not with Rick, you will find her performing solo, with the loosely organized Hudson Busk in the Hudson streets, the bluegrass band Beer-Stained Fiddle, or as a duo with singer/songwriter Betsi Krisniski. Her strengths lie in her powerful voice and melodic arrangements of her own tunes and the covers she loves. 

Rick and Marilyn are available to play your party, house concert, pub, restaurant, market or event- You name it!

When the music calls, we will be there. :)


Rick Warren

Guitarist Rick Warren is based in Hudson, NY. Originally from Kingston, NY, Rick’s earliest musical role was playing trumpet in his school band. When Rick discovered rock and roll, he knew that the guitar was to be his ‘axe’. He was influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townsend of The Who, and later by Larry Coryell and the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s John McLaughlin.
Throughout the years, Rick has been involved in the Hudson Valley music scene in many musical settings from power trios to jam bands and folk groups to regional singer-songwriters.
One area that Rick has been very involved in is the improvisational and experimental music movement led by Karl Berger at the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock. Berger’s visit to a music theory class that Rick was attending inspired him to become a regular participant in his twice-yearly workshops held at CMS. Rick is known for his soundscape compositions using his guitar and a variety of electronic sound sources, each one a new and different creation.
Currently, Rick is quite active with the Motown tribute, 'Doc Horton and the Jay Street Band, playing with Marilyn Miller as the duo ‘Rick & Marilyn’, with Hudson based musical collective ‘Sweet Life’, and with Slink Moss and the Magic Stones. He can found most Tuesday evenings on the stage of Club Helsinki in Hudson, performing his own compositions or musically assisting many local performers.
He has a reputation as a rock solid supporter who can be creatively joyful when the situation calls for it.

Like many guitarists, Rick owns over 20 guitars, but as he says, he only plays “one at a time”.

Marilyn Miller

A fixture on the local music scene, Hudson-born Marilyn Miller grew up in nearby Germantown and is the granddaughter of a fiddler and entertainer. She played clarinet in the school band and in Columbia County musical institution the Ghent Band. When the Woodstock wave hit the Hudson Valley, Marilyn was ready for something new and the rest of her musical life blossomed.

James Taylor, Neil Young, Pete Seeger, and Joni Mitchell, among others, influenced her worldview and her interest in music and the guitar. Though marriage and motherhood intervened, her desire to keep learning and performing led her to guitar teacher David Hodge in the neighboring Berkshires. Step by step Marilyn continued to grow into songwriting, performing and recording her own songs.

Marilyn is a big believer in continuing to learn and grow by attending workshops and seminars by notable songwriters and performers such as Steve Earle, Richard Thompson, and Sloan Wainwright. An enthusiastic ‘Rustie’, she has traveled the world with this group of Neil Young fans, singing and playing in dozens of international cities and attending over 100 of Neil’s shows!

These days, her influences tend towards James McMurtry, Todd Snider, Brandi Carlisle, Lukas Nelson, John Prine, and her friend and fellow musician Betsi Krisniski… her sometime musical partner and ‘busking’ sister. Marilyn is well known as a leader of a loosely organized group of street players known as ‘Hudson Busk’.

Her current projects include ‘Rick & Marilyn’ along with guitar slinger Rick Warren. They have appeared at local events such as the Blueberry Festival, Hudson Music Festival, Greene County Arts Picnics, Lighthouse Open House on the river, farmers markets and open mics as well as making the rounds at various nightspots like the Chatham Brewery and Philmont Pub.

Marilyn is an organizer of jams and song circles among local friends and musicians and is always among the first to answer the musical call for social justice and political events and often leads such efforts.

Marilyn Miller truly embodies the spirit of bringing ‘music to the people’ in a grassroots way and by doing so brings the ‘people to the music‘.

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