Rick Barth is a Northwest NJ singer/songwriter that has played shows all over the NY, NJ, and PA area.

Inspired to pick up a guitar by listening to KISS and, especially Ace Frehley, Rick started out in a high school cover band (Insanity) playing the hard rock and metal tunes he loved.

After some time, he moved on to bar cover bands (Frozen Jones and Kwik Phix) playing all of the usual rock and pop tunes.

Then, along with Cliff Doenges from Kwik Phix, he played in an acoustic

duo (Two Man Group) that was playing acoustic shows long before it

became the norm that it is today.

After about ten years in TMG, Rick moved on to doing solo acoustic

shows playing a wide mix of rock and pop covers anywhere and

everywhere he could. As a result, he has been a fixture in the local music

scene for a long time now.

Sometime in 2014, after appearing on the Homegrown Sunday Ramble radio show to promote his cover shows, Rick was asked by the hosts (Paul and Dave) if he had any original music.  Rick played a couple of songs and, after some cajoling by the hosts, decided to record his debut album, which would go on to become Hand Me Down Soul (released in 2015).

Hand Me Down Soul is a culmination of three years of writing songs and, after convincing local friends to help him, it was recorded at Supreme Sound in Woodland Park, NJ.

It is available at CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, and Rick's website,

He enjoys and is influenced by a wide variety of music (from hard rock and metal to country, jazz and classical). His wide range of influences include Butch Walker, Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, Black Crowes, Tesla, KISS, American Aquarium, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Saigon Kick, King’s X, Extreme, Chris Stapleton, and so many more.

He has played some really amazing venues through the years (The Bowery Electric, Session 73, and Desmond's in New York City, The Stanhope House in Stanhope, NJ and Crossroads in Garwood, NJ, and the Sarah Street Grill in Stroudsburg, PA) as well as many local bars and restaurants throughout the tri-state area.

He is writing the follow up albums, Fade, for 2017 and 

Simpler Times, planned for release in 2018.

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Press / Comments on Hand Me Down Soul:

“When local singer/songwriter Rick Barth first visited our studio in early 2014 we were so impressed with his music that we begged him to go into the studio and record an album.” - David Brociner, co-host of Homegrown Sunday Ramble Link

“Hand Me Down Soul by Rick Barth is, hands down, one of the best new releases I’ve heard to date this year!  Wow!  Great songwriter, great music, well recorded, and heartfelt!” - Danny Coleman, host of Rock On Radio