David Shriver

David Shriver, Mickey Jones, Trini Lopez, The Beatles, Fender Bass

ROCK IT ! The David Shriver Tribute Film and Song

Thank you for visiting this site! As of January 2014 the ROCK - IT project is still in progress, and in post-production. All twenty-eight minutes of film and all of the music has been recorded. The next thing will be the long process of editing.

Some people may want to know why we have done this and hopefully you will understand that the motivation is not money, but merely for the love and the remembrance of a really great person, a " world-class " musician and frankly, one hell of a guy!

David Shriver was  all the things that the lyrics describe and then some. You can't put into words, especially in under five minutes about what a cool and fascinating individual that he was. This writer and co-creator of the Rock-It song and film project was blessed to have been David's friend. We met in  the early 1980's and played in a band together for several years after David moved to the Pacific Northwest from his worldly travels and fame to in a way, retire. But he never did stop or even slow down. Instead he raised a family and opened several businesses and immersed himself into multiple levels of music from symphony, to Jazz orchestras and to small combo show-groups. He never stopped. Right up to the time he became ill David was my Bassist in my band. I had been away from the area for a few years and when I returned to the Northwest, he was the first musician I contacted and we started playing music together professionally almost immediately. David also played his Bass on my 2009 CD release " Road Of Dreams ". It would be his final music mastery in a recording studio and I am very proud that he recorded with me, given all the works of his previous life all over the world on the concert stage, studios and television performances in front of millions of people. 

Dave was a gentle soul with a deep conscientious respect for others, for animals and for the environment. He was a man of faith and a man who enjoyed family and friends. David was known for his Spokesman bicycle shop for over twenty years where quality bikes and service could be found. David was also an avid rider, often taking part in what is known as the Seattle to Portland ride....

There is so much more to tell about David Shriver and we do hope you will visit this site often to learn more and to receive updates about the upcoming release of the song and short film. I would like to thank my good friend Calvin Taylor for embarking on this journey as my co-producer and to Craig Pittenger of Hilltop Studios in Centralia Washington. Thanks to the two most incredible drummers that David ever knew - Mickey Jones and Clayton Watson for coming to the studio and helping to produce the most killer Rock drum tracks I've ever heard! Dave would have  been proud of you both!!!

Special thanks to: Red and Rachel Williamson - Newspin Photo / Judy Mezen, Arvid Wilder, Chuck Gourley, Michael Petra, Zella Orr-Honeyford , Brent Jones, Martin Barkis, Mike Lacey, Bill Hallett, Jim Ritchey, for playing on or otherwise helping provide technical expertise to this endeavor.

Without the love and understanding of my wife, Kaye, who loved and admired David Shriver as a personal friend, this would not have been possible.

Bruce J Maier 

 

 

 

I am pleased to announce that Nashville Producer and Songwriter – and one hell of a guitar player, Jim “ Jimmy Ritchey “ is now part of our ROCK IT –DAVID SHRIVER TRIBUTE team! Usually hanging out with the likes of George Strait and Pam Tillis on stage and studio, Jim Ritchey has manipulated some scheduling in order to help us out in the good Spirit and memory of our dear friend David.

Not only have I known Jimmy as a friend and fellow musician since he was just a young boy, I have watched him grow to become the artist and music professional that he is today. His roots are firmly planted in Lewis County Washington where his father and other family members still reside. Jim has been a friend to my co-producer Calvin Taylor for an equal span of time and, over the years Calvin, who teaches electronics at Centralia College has played many professional shows with Jimmy and I might add, has probably repaired and amp or two for him! Many musicians and artists like Backfire Band and Ben Potter Band here in Lewis County can also call Jimmy their musical brother as many of us have been lucky to stay in contact even though he made another life, and a big one – many miles away. Jimmy is the down home boy who really applied himself to his crafts and became a Top-rated musician, engineer, producer and songwriter in Nashville with nearly two decades of perseverance and good old fashioned hard work! 

Not long ago Jim shared with Cal and myself that it was David Shriver who gave Jimmy the motivation to go for the brass ring and pursue his dreams in Nashville. For that Jimmy has expressed extreme gratitude and now wants to take that gratitude to another whole new level by overseeing the mastering process of the recording. Mastering is a fine art in itself and the people who do this work do nothing else but make sure that the stereo or 7.1 or whatever format you’re needing comes out perfect and broadcast-ready. Jim, as a producer has learned to work with the best that Nashville has to offer and we are extremely proud to have him working with us! To have Jimmy Ritchey and Hilltop Studios owner – engineer Craig Pittenger with the rest of us working in union on this project and lasting tribute to David Shriver, I believe we are unstoppable!

Bruce J Maier
Rock It Producer and creator
 
More about Jimmy’s “ Out – of – town “ gig:
 
Jimmy Ritchey is involved with a collaborative venture, Vibe Room Music, a newly-established Music Row assembly located at 38 Music Square East, 2nd Floor, Vibe Room Music is made up of Ritchey, publishing veteran Jeff Carlton and a variety of multi-talented songwriters. The company is poised to introduce a library of compositions in a variety of styles suited for a multitude of formats.
 
A co-writer on George Strait’s current Top 5 single, “I Gotta Get To You,” as well as the title cut from Strait’s latest album, Ritchey was also instrumental in discovering Jake Owen and co-wrote Owens single, “Tell Me.” He has produced records for Clay Walker, Mark Chesnutt and Tommy Shane Steiner
 
Lately Jimmy has been working with Greg Bates, an American country music singer signed to Republic Nashville. In April 2012, Bates released his debut single "Did It for the Girl", which debuted at number 57 on the Hot Country Songs chart dated for April 28, 2012 Bates made his Grand Ole Opry debut in April 2012
 
 


A co-writer on George Strait’s current Top 5 single, “I Gotta Get To You,” as well as the title cut from Strait’s latest album, Ritchey was also instrumental in discovering Jake Owen and co-wrote Owens single, “Tell Me.” He has produced records for Clay Walker, Mark Chesnutt and Tommy Shane Steiner. 

Lately Jimmy has been working with Greg Bates, an American country music singer signed to Republic Nashville. In April 2012, Bates released his debut single "Did It for the Girl", which debuted at number 57 on the Hot Country Songs chart dated for April 28, 2012 Bates made his Grand Ole Opry debut in April 2012


Jimmy Ritchey is involved with a collaborative venture, Vibe Room Music, a newly-established Music Row assembly located at 38 Music Square East, 2nd Floor, Vibe Room Music is made up of Ritchey, publishing veteran Jeff Carlton and a variety of multi-talented songwriters. The company is poised to introduce a library of compositions in a variety of styles suited for a multitude of formats.

A co-writer on George Strait’s current Top 5 single, “I Gotta Get To You,” as well as the title cut from Strait’s latest album, Ritchey was also instrumental in discovering Jake Owen and co-wrote Owens single, “Tell Me.” He has produced records for Clay Walker, Mark Chesnutt and Tommy Shane Steiner. 

Lately Jimmy has been working with Greg Bates, an American country music singer signed to Republic Nashville. In April 2012, Bates released his debut single "Did It for the Girl", which debuted at number 57 on the Hot Country Songs chart dated for April 28, 2012 Bates made his Grand Ole Opry debut in April 2012

 

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