Rick is a native of the Southside of Chicago. He attended Eastern Illinois University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Music Minor, studying with Percussion Department Head Johnny Lee Lane, Marvin Sparks Jr. and Steve Beck.
Performing, recording, and teaching for more than twenty years, Rick's resume includes work with many Chicago Blues Legends including Grammy Award Winners Koko Taylor and James Cotton, as well as Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley.
Rick is a founding member of The Funk Soul Jam Band, Lubriphonic. Extensive national touring over 200 dates a year brought Lubriphonic to The High Sierra Festival, The All Good Festival, The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, The Gathering Of The Vibes Fest, The Chicago Blues Festival and many more.
Lubriphonic opened for acts such as George Clinton And Parliment Funkadelic, Buddy Guy, Galactic, Bruce Hornsby, Robert Randolph, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and many more.
Film cedits include B.B. King's History Makers Documentary, as well as Martin Scorsese's award winning documentary "The Blues", and many others.
Rick is currently leading his own group, "Rick King's Royal Hustle", a Funk, Jazz, and Soul combo featuring some of Chicago's finest musicians.