Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Rick Mena has been a favorite in Santa Fe for many years, including his 8-year engagement as featured soloist at the Hotel Santa Fe.
Playing banjo, fiddle, harmonica, electric and acoustic guitars, bass and vocals, Rick's styles range from bluegrass, Cajun, blues and rock to classical and flamenco. Rick studied classical guitar with Pat Corelli, a student of Andres Segovia.
Rick began playing guitar at age 12 in La Crescenta, CA, and began playing professionally at age 15, performing in rock 'n roll bands at college fraternity parties and school functions, and even appearing at the Hollywood Palladium.
In his early 20s Rick moved to Orange County, CA, where he learned banjo and began playing in bluegrass bands in the Newport Beach area and in the Mammoth Lakes resort area and at Magic Mountain.
He has appeared on "The Gong Show," on movie soundtracks and in films, including the last "Gunsmoke" TV movie with James Arness.
He has performed in Italy, and has recorded four albums.
A man of many talents, Rick also owns a recording studio, builds electronic equipment, is a master carpenter and a "dabbler" in sculpture and graphic arts.
Rick's professionalism, warm personality and incredible variety of styles make him a favorite for private parties as well as in public appearances.
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