• Recalls both the rough-edged passion of England's pub-rock movement and its more crowd-pleasing American equivalent as practiced by such blue-collar poets as Bruce Springsteen.

    — Onion AV Club
  • Bell adopts the persona of a lovelorn, socially conscious barfly, crooning tales of romantic and economic despair over his backing band's anthemic pub rock.

    — Chicago Tribune
Hometown: 
Los Angeles, CA and Leeds, UK

Accomplished painter, accordion squeezer, Mekon (widely acknowledged as the suavest member), and now a resident of the USA. Rico's been around long enough to have seen the Mersey Beat scene, AND the birth of punk.

This, coupled with his early love of Woody Guthrie and Mississippi Fred McDowell, has produced the raggedy soulful roots music that characterizes his solo career.

Compilation Tracks: 
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Billy Bragg
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