Ricky Whitley learned to play guitar in his teens from his uncle, Tom Darby, and slide guitar from Jimmy Tarlton, two well-known white blues artists who recorded on Columbia Records during the 1920s. Other influences include Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Elmore James and Duane Allman. He has played with Johnny Shines, John Prine, Jimmy Buffett, Bobby Rush and Warren Haynes, and recorded seven solo albums of varying styles and genres. His friend Warren Haynes introduced him to Allen Woody (of the Allman Brothers and Government Mule), who then played guitar, mandolin and bass on one of Ricky’s CDs. Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie), sang and played saxophone on another of Ricky’s CDs Ricky has produced recordings for several other artists and recorded with world-renowned producer Brian Ahern.