Randy Marsh and the Big Organ Trio
Drummer Randy Marsh has been playing off and on with BIG ORGAN TRIO for almost 20 years! Guitarist/vocalist Rick Hicks is equally comfortable playing a B.B. King blues or a funky tune by George Benson. Veteran Hammond B3 player Chris Moberley toured and recorded with Junior Walker & the All-stars and is an organ legend around Michigan.
Chris Moberley is a household name amongst Hammond B3 fans (yes, he still moves the monster from gig to gig…what can I say; he’s found his true love!). Chris has worked extensively in Michigan for the last 35 years. He toured with the legendary Junior Walker and The All Stars some years before Mr. Walker passed away. He’s worked with guitar legend Bryce Roberson, who’s credentials included being on the staff of the legendary Chess Records in Chicago and playing with the likes of Etta James, Muddy Waters, and T-Bone Walker. Chris is no stranger to the recording studio, either. His most recent CD is titled “Love Will Conquer All”. From 2000 to the present, it has been Chris’s great privilege to have played with a group from Hudsonville, Michigan called the “Hark Up” horns directed by Chris Hansen. The Hark Up Horns is a wonderful group that specializes in ‘Big Band’ gospel music, playing on the average of 40 to 60 dates per year mostly around the State of Michigan (a great environment for an organist!) All of this experience has added up to one thing at this point in Chris’s life – a deep love of the instrument and a desire to keep the tradition of playing it alive.
Rick Hicks was 4 years old when his father, a gospel quartet singer and guitarist, bought him a plastic toy guitar for Christmas. Upon noticing his earnest efforts to actually “tune” this crude instrument to play a chord, he began to teach him to play. By age 6 he played several tunes. He then began playing with his church choir at age 12. “Music has always been my favorite hobby, be it Gospel, Jazz, or Blues. I consider myself quite fortunate to have performed, recorded and traveled to Italy with Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Betty Joplin. My own ‘Rick Hicks Band’ ahs been the opening act to: Spyra Gyra, Gladys Knight, Bobby Blue Band, the Gap Band, James Brown, Kool & the Gang, The Spinners, Frankie Beverly & Maze, and even rapper LL Cool J.” Presently, Rick continues to perform in West Michigan in solo as well as group settings.