While he may not hail from L.A. or have charted a pop tune, musician Rick Brindell has an everyman appeal in his country-blues songs.

“Most of the songs I write are really just about everyday life and things I can relate to,” Brindell says in his Long Island brogue. “I’m just an honest, hardworking normal type of guy and that’s the type of songs I write.”


An insurance-industry marketing executive, he’s been playing guitar, and later bass guitar, with rock’n’roll dreams ever since watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.

“I was born in 1957 and started playing guitar as a kid. Who didn’t want to be in a rock’n’roll band?” says Brindell. “I got reenergized into it when my wife bought me a guitar for my 50th birthday.”

He started taking finger-style guitar lessons, including lessons from Jorma Kaukonen, of Hot Tuna, at Kaukonen’s ranch. Recently, Brindell’s song, “It Is What It Is,” was picked as song of the week by Music Scene Investigation.

I had a call from my employer
Oh it is what it is.
Thought it might be paranoia
Oh it is what it is.
He said “Don’t come to work today”
Oh it is what it is.
We’ll mail to you last week’s pay
Oh it is what it is.

This week, Brindell recorded a new version in Nashville of his original song, “Angel,” with music producer Kim Copeland, which will soon be released for streaming on ReverbNation.

Brindell has an EP out, “Keeping Up,” which in addition to the title song includes, “Babies,” written about the birth of his grandson, “My Guitar Makes Me Play the Blues” and, “It Is What It Is,” available on platforms such as iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, eMusic and others.

For more on Rick Brindell’s music, go to www.reverbnation.com/rickbrindell. His original song, “With You,” is available at The Artist HubR and on iMusicWarehouse.com.