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Michael Dean Rick Schulman Finney Dies, Sang With Many Country Stars

October 7, 2009

Michael Dean Rick Schulman Finney died in early October 2009.  To say he had one remarkable resume is an understatement, as shown here.

For years, he sang bass and toured with the legendary Johnny Cash.  He also appeared on Austin City Limits as a member of John Prine‘s band.

Over the year Rick  had a prolific career as a songwriter for some major Music City artists including: George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, Charlie Rich, Bobby Bare, Freddie Hart and O.C. Smith.  

Early on, Rick garnered local popularity and acclaim for regular appearances on Nashville‘s Night Train, where he shared the stage with the likes of Little Richard, Jimi Hendrix, Bo Diddley and Chubby Checker.  He also became the main opening act in the early days of Nashville’s famed Exit/In, where he performed such humorous originals as I Picked A Lemon In The Garden of Love and Mamma’s Ugly Baby.  While at the Exit/In, Rick opened shows for such legends as the B-52’s, Doby Gray, Johnnie Rivers, Steve Martin, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson and B.B. King among others. 

When TNT and its successor, CMT took to the airwaves, Rick‘s larger than life presences was in high demand, appearing in music videos for Ray Charles, Waylon Jennings, Prine, Keith Whitley, Dr. Hook, Cowboy Jack Clement, Hank Williams, Jr., Roy Orbison and Tammy Wynette to name a few.

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