Rik Mercaldi
I have been playing guitar and performing for over 30 years. I started my first band at 16 and went on to study music at The County College of Morris. My influences range from Rock, Blues, Country, Folk and Progressive to Celtic & Indian music.

In the mid-1990s, along with Mike Roze and Mike Curry, I founded the rock band The Subterraneans which was my first project as the primary songwriter and singer. The band appeared on several compilation albums including “Born To Lose” a tribute to the Johnny Thunders of the New York Dolls and “Bullet Proof Poems” a tribute to British band Dogs D’amour. The debut CD “The Subterraneans” in 1998 was followed up with the EP “5 Tracks” and a final album, “Close To Real” in 2006 (see links to music below).

In 2009 with the help of guitarist, composer, producer Juano Lippi, I released a self-titled solo album of original, acoustic-based songs and later joined Juano and a talented group of musicians to compose and record tracks with singer/songwriter Edie Brickell.

With Genya Raven, 2010

With Genya Ravan 2010

In 2010 I recorded guitar, mandolin, lap steel and backing vocal tracks for Genya Ravan‘s album “Undercover” which featured guests including Ian McLagen, Nile Rogers, Elliot Randall, Lenny Kaye, and Felix Cavaliere.

From 2010-2016, I played with Roots/Americana band, Spuyten Duyvil, providing guitar, slide, lap steel, mandolin, and vocals on the albums New Amsterdam, Temptation, and Social Music Hour Vol. 1.  The band played at venues such as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Caramoor’s American Roots Music Festival, the International Folk Alliance in Toronto.

In 2016, The Subterraneans were reactivated releasing the album Lost on Pyrrhic Victory Recordings, contributed tracks for Blowupradio.com benefit compilations, and we have started playing shows again in and around New Jersey and New York’s Hudson Valley. Stay tuned for news on upcoming shows and new music.

I also play guitar and sing in The Crown Officials, a Hudson Valley based band that performs a celebration of classic British Rock n’ Roll.

I offer guitar lessons to teen-adult beginner and intermediate players as well as slide guitar and lap steel basics. If you’ve never picked up a guitar before, need a little help figuring out some of your favorite songs, or want to learn some basic tools for improvisation, let me know! Lessons are tailor made for each student, so that you learn what you want to learn, and have fun! No music reading is required.

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Located in Beacon, NY