North Adams, MA


Rick Sweeney has been playing guitar and bass with other people since the 1960s. After years playing in rock bands, he started jamming bluegrass and country music at campsites in 1991. Rick has played at a weekly bluegrass jam for over ten years, and played in 3 different bands that arose from that jam.

As a member of the CrabGrass bluegrass band he was in a 2016 Christmas performance with the Cape Cod Symphony. He says, “I’ve been singing and jamming for the last 30 years or so, love people and want to share my love of bluegrass music with them.”

“Rick brought a joy and energy to our jam that we hadn’t seen in years. Always willing to help novice players. He’s friendly, patient, supportive, a good picker and a pleasure to be around.”
“When my husband and I met Rick at a jam several years ago, I hadn’t picked up my guitar for 25+ years. It bothered him that I was not playing it, and over the next weeks he was very patient and suggested easy songs I could start with to build confidence. His love of music is so evident and he brings it out in others as well. He really pours himself into the music he sings and plays–a great model for others!”
“Rick Sweeney has made me a better musician. He is very patient with new players, is knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. He’s been a blessing in my musical journey.”
Rick’s Camps