Sweet Exile

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The wanted posters posted around town describe him as a One Man Band. One man alone against the world. A loner who faces the crowd with six strings in his hand, a nervous slide, blowing a harmonica between two verses and the heel of his boot hitting the floor to anchor the beat.

Nuits de Fourvière, Jazz à Vienne, Cahors Blues Festival, Blues sur Seine, Cognac Blues Passions, Festival d’été de Québec, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: the four letters of his name have rang like a whip on the boards of many stages.

On these stages he is known as Rico.

After three albums, he has come down from the Rocky Mountains of the north, where tree branches bend under the snow, to reach the Mexican border and its infinite horizon.

A new musical adventure in cinemascope fuelled by the hot and arid plains of a Spaghetti Western. Where there is no good or evil. No black, no white. Only patches of gray. Where the rugged, dark and possessed voice of Rico blends folk melodies, powerful blues and intense rock.

Although he usually walks alone, he knows that some battles are better won in numbers…

For his new album Sweet Exile, Rico has recruited two pistoleros, Jean Joly on bass and Josselin Soutrenon on drums. Together, they are Rico & the Escape. With bridles slashing the flanks of their horses, the three men have come together to deliver an ambitious and larger than life sound made up of varied compositions and astounding orchestrations.

By the time Sweet Exile is official released on November 9, 2018, this band of outlaws will add another member, a keyboard player. With the circle complete, the members will deploy enough energy to power a locomotive. A rattlesnake’s tail whistles between their boots...

“... the dazzling They Call Me Rico. An abundance of rock blues, an unstoppable look and above all, a huge sound.”
- Rolling Stone (France), September 2018

“A combination of rugged rural blues and foot tapping rock and roll, an explosive mix that could have come from a meeting between Robert Johnson and Tom Waits.” GUITAR XTREME

“His fingers on the trigger of his six strings, foot on the bass drum, this one-man band has a heavy sound.” LYLO

“His blue note is colored with a thick and deep dye of rock, with wild guitar playing and a rocky voice.” GUITAR PART

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released November 9, 2018

Produced by Rico

Rico: Vocals, Resophonic, Lap Steel and Electric Guitars, Bass (9), Harmonica, Mellotron, Moog, Hammond Organ, Percussions, Drums (9)
Jean Joly: Bass
Josselin Soutrenon: Drums
Russell Stageman: Backing Vocals on If You Should Leave Me

All songs recorded and mixed by Russell Stageman and Rico except (3,6,7) recorded and mixed by Giles Davenport and Rico.

Recorded and mixed at Studio Magneto, Lyon, France.
Mastering by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, New York, NY

Photography: Jean-Christophe Polien

Artwork Design: Benoit Falardeau, www.benoitfalardeau.com

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They Call Me Rico Montréal, Québec

They Call Me Rico est le projet solo du chanteur de Madcaps, Frédéric Pellerin, alias Rico. Né au Québec mais résidant désormais à Lyon, il revient avec ce projet à ses premiers amours, le Raw Blues et le Folk/Rock. Seul en tant qu’homme-orchestre ou avec des musiciens invités, il nous entraîne dans un univers où toute la place est laissée à la musique, sans artifices ni édulcorants. ... more

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Track Name: Sweet Exile
Took a wrong turnwatched my house burn,
Lost every dollar I ever earned,
Betrayed my friends and I lost my mind,
Had to leave everything, everything I’ve ever loved behind

Look on the horizon, you’ll see a shadow roam,
A lost man on a long road, looking for a home,
Cheap thrills and vain pursuits might leave you blind,
The devil’s playground is easy to find

There’s a war within myself, I wish I was someone else,
Someone better someone true, someone a little more like you,
So many changes I have known, but never have I felt at home,
Walking the eternal mile searching for sweet exile

Seduced by sin, again and again,
A force from within, nearly did me in,
Altered my mind, left me unkind,
Got lost in a reflection that wasn’t mine

Forty long days and forty long nights,
I waited so long, before I saw the light,
Enough to make a wise man seek and a sane man cry,
A strong man weak, and an honest man lie

There’s a war within myself, I wish I was someone else,
Someone better someone true, someone a little more like you,
So many changes I have known, but never have I felt at home,
Walking the eternal mile searching for sweet exile
Track Name: Needle in a Haystack
You’ll never find another girl like that,
She’s a needle in a haystack,
Now my blue skies won’t turn to black,
She’s a needle in a haystack

When I saw her face, in this lifeless crowd,
I was touched by grace, my feet left the ground

I was a hopeless case, before she came along,
Now I’ve found a place, where I belong,
Where I belong

I feel the earth move when she walks,
There’s a sweetness in the way she talks,
A kind of love that’s so hard to find,
Tell all your friends that girl is mine

You’ll never find another girl like that,
She’s a needle in a haystack,
Now my blue skies won’t turn to black,
She’s a needle in a haystack

With her by my side, I could conquer the world,
It’s so plain to see, she’s the rarest pearl

Some people put their fate, in the hands of god,
I’m a pagan soul, getting high on love,
Getting high on love

I feel the earth move when she walks,
There’s a sweetness in the way she talks,
A kind of love that’s so hard to find,
Tell all your friends that girl is mine


You’ll never find another girl like that,
She’s a needle in a haystack,
Now my blue skies won’t turn to black,
She’s a needle in a haystack


I've been to Jordan and I’ve been to France,
I’ve searched the world over to find romance,
Before I met her on this latitude,
I’d never felt a tremor of this magnitude,

I see the clouds part when she appears,
There’s a storm inside when she’s near,
This kind of love it just won’t fail,
This train will never go off the rails


You’ll never find another girl like that,
She’s a needle in a haystack,
Now my blue skies won’t turn to black,
She’s a needle in a haystack
Track Name: Love Is a Vampire
Sometimes I feel like a stranger,
Like there’s a battle going on inside,
Sometimes I look back in anger,
But then all I want to do is hide

If I get lost in a daydream,
Don’t wake me up, don’t make a sound,
An indie actor gone mainstream,
A B-grade devil in a two-bit town

Don’t even bother knockin’,
Don’t come around here cause no one’s home,
Don’t even bother knockin’,
Sometimes it’s better when you’re all alone

I say that love is a vampire,
It’ll chase you down and bleed you dry,
Sometimes I feel like a failure,
And then I’m an eagle flying high

Gonna hop a train, and leave this world behind,
Gonna catch a plane, and see if I can find a new state of mind,
A new state of mind, a new state of mind, a new state of mind…

Love is a vampire, love is a vampire, love is a vampire

Sometimes I feel like I’ve seen it all,
And then I feel so young and bold,
One day I act like a rebel,
And the next I just do as I am told

Stay calm now baby,
Don’t call the ambulance right away,
If you get stuck in the rat race,
You might become a vampire too some day

Gonna hop a train, and leave this world behind,
Gonna catch a plane, and see if I can find a new state of mind

Love is a vampire, love is a vampire, love is a vampire
Track Name: If You Should Leave Me
If you should leave me, please make it quick,
This whole situation, just makes me sick

Our days of wine and roses, are long gone,
When we’re together, feels like I’m all alone

I guess it’s time to go our separate ways,
I wish I could find the words to make you stay,
Oh won’t you stay, don’t go away

If you still love me, please say it quick,
Cause this wall is rising, brick by brick

We were the perfect lovers, and the best of friends,
Said we’d stick together, until the bitter end

I guess it’s time to go our separate ways,
I wish I could find the words to make you stay,
Oh won’t you stay, don’t go away

We all rely on something, we all need someone,
Maybe a new day is coming, and we can stay as one

If you should kill me, please make it clean,
Don’t need no blood, on the crime scene

We were the perfect lovers, and the best of friends,
Is this a new beginning, or the bitter end,
Or the bitter end
Track Name: Take Me as I Am
Take me as I am, treat me as a friend,
There’s no need to run, let’s take life as it comes

Don't try to save the day, don’t throw it all away,
Don’t waste your time on sorrow, the sun will rise again tomorrow

Don’t try to run faster, it’ll only slow your pace,
Don’t try to be a hero, who’s always in the way

When this world gets too obscene, we can get lost in our dreams,
Let’s go into the wild, let’s go out in style

Take me as I am, treat me as a friend,
Let’s take life as it comes, cause we only live once

Ain’t got no million-dollar mansion, ain’t got no million-dollar car,
But your love is worth more, than all the riches by far

The future’s bright ahead, so let's spend the day in bed,
Remember whatever you do, it’s all up to you

Take me as I am, treat me as a friend,
Let’s take life as it comes, cause we only live once

Let’s not talk about the future, let’s leave the past behind,
We've got here and now, let’s see what we can find

This plan is taking shape, let’s make our great escape,
Out into the light, running out of sight

Take me as I am, treat me as a friend,
Let’s take life as it comes, cause we only live once
Track Name: Odd One Out
My mama told me son, when I was oh so young,
When you grow up you’ll be, the pride of the family

Things didn't turn out that way, but still I did okay,
Stuck between mud and grace, I guess I've found my place

And if you let me down, I will find my way round,
Cause I’m experienced, in any circumstance

What didn’t kill me then, just made me stronger now,
The little ugly duck, has had a change of luck

Fierce as river and wild as a storm,
Lit rag in a bottle just about to explode,
No one will ever know the battles I fought,
Why must I always be the odd one out

My papa told me son, if you want to be someone,
Don’t join a traveling band, you act like a grown man

I turned a blind eye, and I went with my guts,
If you cast your own play, you’ll always make the cut

Fierce as river and wild as a storm,
Lit rag in a bottle just about to explode,
No one will ever know the battles I fought,
Why must I always be the odd one out

My mama told me son, when I was oh so young,
When you grow up you’ll be, the pride of the family

Things didn't turn out that way, but still I did okay,
Stuck between mud and grace, I guess I've found my place

Life throws you many traps, you must try to avoid,
I know that all things pass, and pain can’t rival joy

A lesson you can learn, the moral of this tale,
Take the long and hard road, and you will rarely fail

What didn’t kill me then, just made me stronger now,
Why must I always be the odd one out,
No one will ever know the battles I fought,
Guess I was born to be the odd one out

Fierce as river and wild as a storm,
Lit rag in a bottle just about to explode,
No one will ever know the battles I fought,
Why must I always be the odd one out,
Guess I was born to be the odd one out
Track Name: When the Summer Ends
Filled with fire, hearts conspire,
Against the wicked winds,
Love is blind, and so unkind,
When the summer ends

When the wind blows and the trees sway,
Walking together in the light of day,
The little things we said and all we shared,
When time ran away with all our cares

This kind of story happens suddenly,
When lovers meet and the world ceases to be,
Call it blindness or innocence,
Beautiful madness that makes perfect sense

Filled with fire, hearts conspire,
Against the wicked winds,
Love is blind, and so unkind,
When the summer ends

Take me to the river lay me on the shore,
Take me to your shelter and lock the door,
We always knew it wouldn’t last,
Still love lifted us up, so swift and so fast

We ran away with bliss and sunk our ship,
Finally free, a never ending trip,
We ate the fruit, it was meant to be,
You’re still mine when the past visits me

Filled with fire, hearts conspire,
Against the wicked winds,
Love is blind, and so unkind,
When the summer ends

Filled with fire, hearts conspire,
Against the wicked winds,
Love is blind, and falls behind
When the summer ends

Dead leaves spin, in the wind,
When the sun, is almost gone,
We will part, broken hearts,
Will we heal, was it real

Filled with fire, hearts conspire,
Against the wicked winds,
Love is blind, and so unkind,
When the summer ends

Filled with fire, hearts conspire,
Against the wicked winds,
Love is blind, and falls behind
When the summer ends
Track Name: Number One
If you’re in trouble, need a helping hand,
You’re down on your luck, need someone to understand,
If you’ve had too much and you need a break,
It could be a hard decision that you have to make

I’ll be your number one defender baby, I’m the one,
I’ll be your number one contender baby, I’ll get the job done

If you’ve been robbed of everything you own,
All your friends desert you and you’re all alone,
If nobody will help you when you’ve reached the edge,
Or you’re the victim of a lover’s revenge

I’ll be your number one brawler baby, I’m the one,
I’ll be your number one bruiser baby, I’ll get the job done

Any time you go down, I’ll pick you up,
Any time you’re pushed out, I’ll put you back in

If you’ve had it hard and can’t go on,
Can’t see the light and all your hope is gone,
The world won’t give you a chance and you just want to give up,
There’s nowhere to go and the future looks rough

I’ll be your number one soldier baby, I’m the one,
I’ll be your number one protector baby, I’ll get the job done

Any time you’re knocked out, I’ll pick you up,
Any time you’re locked out, I’ll get you back in, oh yes I will

If you worry so much that it makes you want to cry,
You’ve done everything you can and just want to hide,
If you can’t find anything that makes you shout for joy,
Everything you work for keeps getting destroyed

I’ll be your number one supporter baby, I’m the one,
I’ll be your number one believer baby, I’ll get the job done

Any time you get stuck, I’ll know what to say,
Any time you get lost, I’ll find a way
Any time you’re in deep, I’ll be around,
Any time you get stuck, I’ll pull you out
Track Name: The Devil Made Me Do It
Yes I did it, I know it was wrong,
The pull of temptation, was just too strong,
Between good and evil, if only I knew,
There’s no going back now, nothing I can do

The devil made me say it, I could not control it,
How was I to know

The devil made me do it, I could not resist it,
A call from down below

Strange forces guide me, I’m the superstitious kind,
Everywhere I go, chaos follows behind,
Is it nature telling me, unspeakable truths,
The devil inside me, the darkest root

The devil made me feel it, I could not stop it,
It felt so right at the time

The devil made me do it, I could not believe it,
Was it really my crime

I see it in the mirror, the evil within,
Please lord deliver me, and free me from my sins,
Gypsy woman won’t you, won’t you show me a sign,
Please help me, to leave my devil behind

The devil made me need it, I could not help it,
It was stronger than me

The devil made me do it, another nail in it,
Devil won’t you let me be, let me be, let me be, let me be

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