Ricky Fitzpatrick's latest CD "Heartfelt" is a mixture of Fitzpatrick favorites along with new songs written by the Commerce-based crooner. Fitzpatrick, skilled in the art of the acoustic Americana-genre, is sitting right on the edge of hit song status with songs like "Mine" and "Emma's Song." Since the first time I heard "Mine" as a live version from Eddie's Attic, I was in love with the track. "Mine" doesn't get old even after 100 plays on the web. "Your hand in my hand, lips on my lips ... tell me the truth, tell me a lie. I don't mind, as long as your mine," are powerful lyrics for such an easy listen. Emma's Song," written for Fitzpatrick's (step)daughter, is a beautiful song that flows naturally from the guitar and the artist – almost reminiscent of an old West tune.” - Ashley Bates, Features writer for The Times (Gainesville, GA)
At first sound you think "James Taylor", but his lyrics are much more complicated than almost any Taylor song I've heard. Fitzpatrick is, to me, the rare songwriter that can make you feel like you're right there with him when you're listening to his songs.”

— The GA Jukebox

The first American folk singer/song I have liked (that's no small thing - it's not a genre to which I would usually listen) This songs doesn't fall short in any way. In a word, grand. Recommended to anyone who doesn't usually like this sort of thing (I'm converted, at least).”

— We7 (review of Green in LA)

For decades, lovers of song have been pining away, looking for signs of a new messiah who would follow in the hallowed footsteps of singer-songwriter deities like James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Jim Croce, John Denver. Let the joyous news be heard, brothers and sisters. Rejoice! All true believers in the songwriter second-coming, bear witness. For in Ricky Fitzpatrick, the torch has been unequivocally passed.”

— Gods of Music

“A mellow-smart James Taylor vibe with the poetic soul of a Southernized Bob Dylan.” Whoosh, that’s a mouthful, and an awful lot to live up to, but Ricky Fitzpatrick is all that and then some! Influenced by some of the finest singer-songwriters to ever put pen to paper, he digs deep into his soul and comes up with some of the most spirited, inspirational songs we’ve heard in quite some time! Check out a snippet of his fantastic track, “Ballad of Billy the Kid.””

Myxer.com

Barbara Cloyd of the Bluebird Cafe' recently offered some kind (and insightful) reviews of 3 of Ricky's songs..."Mississippi Moonshine", "Forever & A Day" and "Ballad of Billy the Kid". Thank you, Barbara, for your wisdom and comments! Here they are...abbreviated: MISSISSIPPI MOONSHINE: This is a really sensual song and it just felt really good to listen to. It's a great melody and I especially like how the chorus soars and stands out from the verse melody. I also love all the internal rhymes in the chorus and I also enjoy the unpredictable way you use "moonshine." FOREVER & A DAY: The sad truth is it's really hard to get sentimental ballads like this cut. Music Row always seems to be looking for stuff that's edgy. But the good news is, that when songs like this do get cut they are usually huge hits and the public eats them up. My favorite thing about this song is the second verse. There is a wisdom and maturity in the idea of love being a choice that is fresh and different. loved the opening line of the song. I like the guy admitting that he's foolish. BALLAD OF BILLY THE KID: This was actually my favorite of the three songs. A song where the singer is portraying an historical character is more likely to be found in the Folk and Americana genres. The phrasing and the internal rhymes and the way that the words fit into the melody all came together beautifully. There was a lot of intelligence and insight in the lyric and it was fresh and different. If you can write a song like this so well, I have no doubt you can eventually write one that could be a big hit in the Country market.”

— Barbara Cloyd - The Bluebird Cafe'

Good song, well played, and quite a unique voice in what’s currently a very competitive genre. Good production. Lyrics are very good. Good stuff! The current male solo guitarist/songwriter market is very competitive, and this could do very well. - Fame Games review (Green In LA)”

— Fame Games

Reserve Yours Now: Commerce, GA, musician Ricky Fitzpatrick has organized the release of the compilation album The Power of a Song, which will include tracks from him, Nathan Sheppard, Mike Watson, Mad Whiskey Grin and Adam Payne along with others. Although the CD won't be released until Nov. 16, you can reserve your copy with no money down right now. The release is part of the Healing Power of Music organization, which plans performances at hospitals in each artist's local area. The belief is "in the actual power of music to sooth, heal and change not only a person's mind, but their physiology as well." Sales of the CD will allow the artists to give a copy to each patient in each hospital they perform in. Incredibly ambitious, true, but also incredibly sweet and refreshingly starry-eyed. For more information, please see www.rickyfitzpatrick.com.” - Gordon Lamb

Flagpole - Threats & Promises

The Times in Gainesville, GA has published an wonderful new article on Ricky and "Highway 98" in their weekly entertainment rag "Get Out!".” - Ashley Bates

The Times

Check out Nancy Basile's about.com page on TV animation. She has a blog on-site about the Simpsonized Fan Giveaway! Woo hoo!!! THanks, Nancy!” - Nancy Basile

About.com

Check out the recent Threats and Promises blurb in the Flagpole about the upcoming "Speechless" release.” - Gordon Lamb

Flagpole Magazine