Marc Berger / RIDE

RIDE co-producers, Marc and Mike Ricciardi

Clouds that forever stampede the endless sky, shadows gliding over canyon walls– the West is a vast expanse of magic and mystery. American artists from John Ford to Frederick Remington have used film, canvas and the printed page to convey the essence of its unique landscape and mythology. Marc's life has been about twin passions: writing and recording his American roots songs, and exploring remote areas of the desert and mountain West. On one of these trips, he became intrigued by the cover of "The Big It", a book of short stories by A.B. Guthrie he found on a revolving rack in a Navajo reservation trading post. This ignited the idea of using his travels to create a set of songs in the cultural tradition of the great American artists who have celebrated the West's exotic landscape and timeless appeal. The result became the critically acclaimed, RIDE, ten cinematic recordings reflecting Marc's romantic connection to the American West.

"Not the glossy ‘singing cowboy’ style western music of the romanticised past, but gritty, cinematic tales of the real times stripped bare, at other times dramatic and haunting... a listening experience like no other album I’ve heard this year." -Maverick, U.K.

RIDE is 2012 Album of the Year – “Without a doubt, the greatest discovery for us in 2012, if not one of the best in our entire existence…transcends modern acoustic folk…makes the writers want to write and singers can play RIDE, close your eyes and be transported to the colors of the desert, see the lonesome railroad or smell the fresh air of what is the greatest part of America…an instant American Classic.”

"Echoes the stark, evocative songs of Springsteen's "Nebraska", the cinematic tone of Mark Knopfler and the Lone Stat, alt-country charms of Guy Clark and Townes Van Zant" -Direct Current

"It's the breathtaking grandeur of the high desert and plateaus suspended between the pioneer days and ten minutes ago...This is country folk music wrought by a working philosopher who's missed nothing, kept a lot inside for a time, and captured the land" -FAME (Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange)

"Guy Clark with more consistently memorable tunes. As much meditations on life itself as on plains life...this is the good stuff"

Marc has performed at Austin’s South by Southwest Music Festival and The Kerrville Folk Festival and has opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national acts. His song THE LAST ONE was a staple of Richie Havens' concerts for years and has been quoted in the NY Times and featured on The CBS Evening News.

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