Produced by:

Ron Chancey

& Ed Seay

Ricochet


Ricochet emerged in the spring of 1996 to become one of the most successful new country groups of the year, spending the better part of the year in the Top 40 of the country charts. Ricochet formed in 1993, when drummer Jeff Bryant asked guitarist Heath Wright (lead singer/lead guitarist) to join his band Lariat, which also featured Bryant's brother Junior (fiddle/Mandolin). After Wright joined Lariat, the group quickly disbanded, but the Bryants and Heath decided to give it another try under the name of Ricochet. The trio held a series of auditions to complete the band and several members floated through the band in the ensuing months. By the beginning of 1994, the final lineup had fallen into place. In addition to Heath Wright (lead singer/lead guitarist), Jeff Bryant (drums), and Junior Bryant (fiddle, mandolin, backing vocals), the group featured Greg Cook (bass, backing vocals), Teddy Carr (steel guitar), and Eddie Kilgallon (keyboards, rhythm guitar, saxophone, backing vocals). For the next two years, Ricochet toured the south and the west coast, building up a fan base and developing its energetic, edgy neo-traditional sound. They would often spend their down time rehearsing and writing songs. The group's original manager was friends with record producer Ron Chancey, who was known for his work with the Oak Ridge Boys. Chancey heard the group and arranged for the band to cut a demo. Chancey directed the tape to his son Blake, who was the A&R director for Columbia Records in Nashville. After hearing the group live, Blake and a handful of other Columbia executives decided to sign Ricochet to a development deal under the direction of producer Ed Seay (Martina McBride, Colin Raye.) In early 1995, the deal turned into a full-fledged record contract. During the spring, the group recorded their debut album. For the rest year, they toured the country as a supporting act for Merle Haggard, Doug Stone and Charlie Daniels. Produced by Ron Chancey and Ed Seay, Ricochet's eponymous debut album was released in early 1996. Preceded by the number three hit single "What Do I Know," the album was a hit and stayed on the charts for most of the rest of 1996. --

Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide