From Kansas City, Fast Johnny Ricker is a blazing blues/rock guitarist and slide master. Johnny is joined by his son, Davis Ricker on bass and shared vocals, and Gary Miller on drums. Johnny’s incendiary guitar style and original song writing have been described as a high voltage combination of psychedelic rock with Texas and Delta blues traditions.

Fast Johnny has performed live on stage with

Bo Diddley, Son Seals, Bob Margolin, Tommy Castro, Kenny Neal, Lonnie Brooks, Mike Zito, Provine ‘Little’ Hatch, Danny Cox, Kelley Hunt, Super Chikan and many more.

Fast Johnny has opened for

Leon Russell, Johnny Winter, George Thorogood, The Fabulous Thunderbirds w/ Jimmie Vaughn, John Hammond Jr., Charlie Musselwhite, Mick Taylor, Junior Brown, Sonny Landreth, Nick Lowe, Double Trouble, Commander Cody, Mark Selby, Cate Brothers, Corey Stevens, Chubby Carrier, Tab Benoit, Coco Montoya, Joanna Connor, Joe Louis Walker, and many, many more.

Festivals Johnny has performed at

  • Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, AR
  • Kansas City Blues & Jazz Festival, Kansas City, MO
  • Mardi Gras Festival, St. Louis, MO
  • Gladstone Blues Festival, Gladstone, MO
  • Riverfest, Kansas City, MO
  • Spirit Festival, Kansas City, MO
  • 18th & Vine Heritage Festival, Kansas City, MO
  • Tommy Bolin Tribute Concert, Kansas City, MO
  • Comstock Rock Festival, Comstock, NE
  • South Padre Island Spring Break, TX
  • Des Moines Blues Festival, IA
  • Paola Roots Festival, KS
  • Olathe Concert Series, KS
  • Salina Concert Series, KS
  • and many others.



….the grittiness of Jimmy Thackery, the raw power of Jimi Hendrix, and the depth of Stevie Ray.
TULSA BLUES SOCIETY NEWS
Johnny Ricker currently holds pride of place as the Best Electric Guitar In The Midwest and seems poised to try for the national title – soon come. Catch Fast Johnny before you have to see him in a stadium somewhere. Wear flame retardant in your hair ’cos this band is hot. Take my word for it.
Steven Davis former music editor, ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE, author of ‘HAMMER OF THE GODS’ and ‘BOB MARLEY
…Fast Johnny Ricker drives Texas blues over the edge! This three piece band explodes with deep rooted, progressive talent that sends your soul flying.
MUSIC CITY NEWSLETTER, NASHVILLE, TN
You won’t be sitting long once Fast Johnny Ricker takes the stage. Led by fast and furious guitar ace Johnny Ricker, this trio will get you on your feet. Ricker’s prowess on slide and lap steel guitars has become legendary.
KANSAS CITY STAR
Johnny masters the guitar like a blacksmith masters metal…add a little fire and he can bend and mold it into any shape he desires. Full of soul…a prime example of acetylene torch blues.
RIPPLE MUSIC 2012