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Welcome to Rick Brockner's edge of the cyber world. For many years Rick Brockner's music has been played on radio worldwide, yet it has been hard to find. Until the CD "Fiddlin' With A Dulcimer" was recorded in 2000 none of our CDs had distribution.

Rick really got his start when he joined The Hudson River Sloop Club's Beacon chapter headed by Pete Seeger in 1972. I learned about writing the issues I saw around me, more as a reporter than writing about love and love lost.

I moved to Nashville for two years from 1979 to 1980 working as an agent and also spent a lot of time in the studio watching things happen. I was also able to work with other writers and learned the power of a good team. I moved back to New York and met John R Knapp III; We hit it off and entered into a partnership. John and I wrote and produced other artists for a few years and I did management and production work by myself back then. I got fed up with artists who did not really know, or were unwilling to do what it takes to get a new act off the ground. We just did it ourselves and called it the Howling Brothers.

During this time I had moved to Raleigh, North Carolina while John stayed in New York. I began to write a lot and flew up to John's studio in October of 1993 and we recorded “A Cowboy’s Dream” in one week. Two weeks later John's marriage of 20 years ended suddenly and he was left with adolescent teenage twins to rise by himself. I took off playing around North Carolina with cassette tapes of our project and as soon as a friend of my oldest son got out of high school we hit the road. John Teer spent two years on the road with me before John Knapp returned, and Mr. Teer went on to Chatham County Line, which now tours the world. During this time I had written two songs about John’s divorce "Anna Lynn" and "Different Day,” that would become the center piece for the Endangered Species CD. We had spent a couple of days in the studio in the fall of 1996 and recorded most of one track "Beyond" We liked the direction so I came back in between Christmas and New Years and finished the CD in a week. We wrote most of the songs that week and the CD was later put into the Library of Congress as a CD of real social content in 1997. The CD details the death of a family due to divorce and the real harm it leaves in its wake. I wish it was written about someone other than John Knapp himself, since I lived through the pain with him. That CD got us steady work with Borders Books and Music cafes up and down the East Coast and all over New York State. I did a lot of those shows solo as John had the boys by himself still. Our shows together got us a spot at the Fast Folk Cafe in NYC and then invited back for more shows after being an opening act as the headliner. Just as we were to sign with a booking agent John left the band. He could not travel and wanted to stay in the studio writing and producing. I believe he continues to do this where he lives in Texas today.

I am releasing the Howling Brothers Box two CD set now on CDBaby and that makes “A Cowboy’s Dream” available with of CD with two bonus tracks from our last recordings before John left the band. I hope to go back in time and find some nice cafes to play the music from my most creative and productive times. I hope this might lead to new friends and help folks who heard us on the radio long ago and never could find the CDs. I hope to have the chance to play some more for y’all some more.

Rick in Boone 2006