The Workingman's Rock and Blues Band

The Workingman's Rock & Blues Biography

The Workingman's Band's founder and bassist, Rick Maida, brought guitarist Tom Yates into his band 2006 when they met at the Acton Jazz Cafe blues jam sessions where Tom worked with the host band. They began performing as a duo hosting an open mic night exploring their common musical repertoire ranging from the 1960's country, rock, pop, country and blues. Later they formed a rock and blues trio with drummer Mike Avery, who also performs with the Rick in the Workingman's Jazz Band. They worked together monthly for six years at the Colonial Inn of Concord, MA.

Rick Maida

Rick Maida Workingmans Music

Rick's experience spans 45 years of working with bands covering diverse styles of folk, rock, jazz and blues at venues ranging from local dances and night clubs, to regional concerts and festivals. He began performing in 1964, switching from guitar to bass to join a high school rock band. They were influenced by the British Invasion bands led by the Beatles as well as John Mayall's Blues Breakers.

Rick's favorite 60's rock bass players, Jack Bruce of Cream and Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane, inspired his interest in improvised music and opened his ears to jazz music. That led him to play upright bass and study jazz in workshops and private lessons led by teachers from Berklee College. He played in a New Orleans jazz band for a few years until he began jamming with musicians who fused jazz and rock styles with whom he formed the Workingman's Jazz Band in 1984. Now he has come full circle to again play vintage music from the Woodstock Era with his Workingman's Rock & Blues Band, with whom he recently produced a tribute concert to the Woodstock Festival.

Tom Yates

Tom Yates Workingman's Rock Band

Tom Yates was born in Houston, Texas and now makes his home in Stow, MA. After studying guitar and piano at the Berklee College of Music he dropped out to play top 40 music. He played on numerous Boston-area recording sessions, including projects with Ric Ocasek, Ben Orr and Greg Hawkes (The Cars), Warren Leslie, Sam Houston Andrews (Big Brother and The Holding Company), local country legend John Lincoln Wright. After touring with the Estes Boys in the '70's, Tom played with Fair, Yates and Betschart, a trio performing an eclectic mix of pop, folk and art rock music to standing-room only crowds.

He won the Guitar Center's 2007 King of the Blues competition in the Northeast Region. He has performed with saxophonist Charles Neville (Neville Brothers Band) and New Orleans vocalist Henri Smith. Tom was the lead guitarist and vocalist with the Paisley Project, a 60's & 70's pop, psychedelic rock, and Motown band. In his collection of vintage and custom guitars Tom selects a '63 Strat and a '68 Les Paul Custom as his favorites. Tom gets inspiration from the work of Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Danny Gatton, Lenny Breau, Johnny Winter, Buckethead, Eric Clapton, David Lyndley, Les Paul, Peter Green, and Chet Atkins.

Mike Avery

Mike Avery

Drummer Michael Avery began his musical career simply enough in the mid-sixties with a drum set and a dream of a profession playing Blues and Jazz. Adding focus, attitude, and hard work, he put together a life in music that allowed him to grow and mature as a player, and at the same time, explore the many facets of American Roots music.

His performance credits include such legends as Chuck Berry, Big Mama Thornton, Big Walter Horton, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. His experience and sensitivity have led him to apply his abilities in a myriad of musical situations that include motion picture soundtracks, symphony orchestras, small groups and solo dance accompaniment.

His clear fresh approach to the instrument, impeccable good taste, and winning attitude are hallmarks of his artistry and commitment. Throughout four decades as a professional musician, he has always found time to pursue his first love, the music that he grew up with - the Blues and Jazz of the fifties and early sixties.


Samples from Workingman's Rock & Blues Band


Samples from Workingman's Rock & Blues Band


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