Austin singer/songwriter Ricky Stein specializes in the eclectic blend of folk, blues, rock, and country that has been a hallmark of Austin music for the last 50 years. A second-generation Austin musician, Stein has built a steady career performing at some of the top venues in one of the world’s great musical hotbeds.
Often accompanied by a haunting steel guitar and the warm backing vocals of his younger sister Erin, Stein strives for a sound that is both distinctive and familiar. Lyrically, Stein’s songs range from somber meditations on love and death (“I’m a Stone,” “The Best in Me”) to lighthearted vignettes about companionship (“My Little Drinking Partner”) and the struggle to connect in the digital age (“It’s Tough Out There”).
Stein’s catalogue includes two full-length albums and an EP, all of which are comprised of original material. He also performs his own interpretations of songs ranging from traditional folk tunes to compositions written by friends in the Austin music scene. A prolific writer with a good-humored stage presence, Stein continues to build his following in Central Texas and beyond.