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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, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, David Torn and Derek Bailey. Rick has played in many settings, including Clouds (Kingston), Blue Food (Woodstock), Local Pork (Hudson), ‘Doc Horton and the Jay Street Band (Albany), and The Magic Stones (Hudson) 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, or as a duo with singer/songwriter Betsi Krisniski. Her strengths lie in her powerful voice paired with a driving acoustic guitar 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, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, David Torn and Derek Bailey.

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 ambient/experimental duo Guitars A Go Go with Sal ‘Spaghetti Eastern Music’, popular folk-rock duo Rick and Marilyn with Marilyn Miller, and a new Kingston area multi-genre combo Spaceheater. 

Past associations include Clouds (Kingston), Blue Food (Woodstock), Local Pork (Hudson), Doc Horton and the Jay Street Band (Albany), and The Magic Stones (Hudson)

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

Marilyn Miller was born in Hudson, NY to a couple who worked the line at the Universal Match Factory, which was considered to be a darn good job back then. Her grandfather, Harrison Miller, played fiddle at the local dances and people remembered him for years after he passed. The oldest of four girls, and younger by eight years than her brother, she always wanted to learn to play music. Anything. She must have caught the MUSIC GENE from Harrison, who died a very poor man, which is likely why her parents discouraged all attempts at music.

One day the band teacher announced that he was selling Conn classical guitars....and she started hounding her parents for one. There was one that had a serious bump on the bout which the teacher was 'letting go for $50'.  It was that guitar she first brought on the stage at a school Talent Show.  However, she ALSO had her first serious bout of stage fright and that was the end of that for many many years... but the desire to MAKE  MUSIC never left her.

After earning her degree and raising a family, she found a teacher who told her that if she could HEAR music in her head, she just had to work to get it into her fingers and that WORK was FAR more important than TALENT. So she worked. And he was right, she did learn.

Her current projects include ‘Rick & Marilyn’ along with guitar slinger Rick Warren. She also plays with the loosely organized 'Hudson Busk' on the streets of Hudson as well as solo. Her teachers were right... and her work has paid off! She plays a driving acoustic rhythm guitar behind her powerful vocals. She is also a songwriter with two albums to her credit and another on the way. You can hear folk, rock, blues, and a little country in the songs she writes and performs. 

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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