Rick Dekker - Lead Guitar
Born in Inglewood, California Rick took an interest in music at a very early age. His very first album was Meet the Beatles. The music of the Beatles, the Rolling stones and the British rock invasion that came to America shaped his early influence in music.
After a short time of taking guitar lessons Rick discovered he had an exceptional ear for music and so he discontinued his guitar lessons and learned how to play guitar by listening to records and duplicating the sounds he was hearing. By the time he turned 16 he had mastered his guitar playing well enough to join his first band.
About this time southern rock was beginning to take hold in the music scene. Bands such as the Allman Brothers, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, the Outlaws, ZZ top, Molly Hatchett, Marshall Tucker and of course the biggest southern rock band of all time Lynyrd Skynyrd, were all over the radio. For quite some time southern rock ruled the music.
It was about this time Rick knew he wanted to play southern rock in whatever band he was going to be in. In 2006 he started a classic rock band, the OC Bros, which played all of the top 40 hits from the 70's and 80's with a strong emphasis on southern rock. The OC Bros. were mostly local playing bars, parties and corporate events.
In 2010 Rick finally decided it was time to play the music each night he loved the most... southern rock. His love for Lynyrd Skynyrd and all the great music they created in the short time the original band was together motivated him to start Simple Man. Since that time he has never looked back and he has no intention of doing so.