Equally at home on stage before thousands, or working up designs for a cutting-edge brands, Rick Caballo is nothing if not creative.
Now based in Nashville TN, Rick was born and raised in Wollongong, near Sydney, Australia. This accomplished singer-songwriter, artist, photographer and designer has a rare combination of charisma and ingenuity that means he is constantly in demand.
As a musician, Rick has performed for audiences across Australia, the USA and Europe. He is adept at broad range of genres, and has been influenced by artists ranging from the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen and U2. Rick’s first full-length album, Love Retaliation, was recorded in Nashville and has received regular airplay on Australian and European radio.
As a prolific writer, Rick has been recognized with numerous nominations and song writing awards. His musical talent has also drawn endorsements from Cole Clark Guitars and Caterpillar Luggage, who supported his USA and European tours.
Some of Rick’s most memorable performances include the CMA Festival (Nashville) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Challenge (Washington DC), where he shared the stage with Chris Brown and David Archuletta.
Music also provides a rich source of inspiration for Rick as a visual artist. As skilled with a brush as he is with a guitar, Rick is best known for his rock star portraits of such icons as Keith Richards, Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger and Bono. He’s signed to Celebrites Gallery in Maui, alongside other artists, including Ronnie Wood, Steven Tyler and Mick Fleetwood.
For Rick, his art is all about people who have an interesting story, and in recent years his instinct for capturing the essence of his subjects has extended into photography. From fashion and concert shoots to celebrity portraits, Rick has a unique eye for striking, honest and intriguing images.
And while most people would kill to have such a wealth of musical and artistic talent, Rick has even more strings to his bow, underlined by a passion for design in all its forms – most notably graphic design, fashion and even hand-crafted furniture.
FASHION ART MUSIC
Working with partner Melissa Core, Rick has established numerous successful enterprises. After launching their flagship company, rock-fashion label CORELLO, in 2012 the pair quickly attracted interest from several quarters. Rick’s CORELLO designs have been donned by Steven Tyler, Don Was, Miranda Lambert, Train, Hayden Panettiere and Ryan Roxie / Alice Cooper, among others. The line also featured in hit TV series Nashville and Duck Dynasty, plus LA Fashion Magazine, Country Weekly, People Magazine and InStyle. This meteoric rise, and the impact of CORELLO on country music fashion, was acknowledged in 2014 with Rick and Mel being inducted into the Tennessee State Museum Textiles Institute, for changing the face of Country fashion.
Caballo and Core are also the creative force behind the Calvary Fashion line, which they developed for Duck Dynasty star Jep Robertson.
In 2015, the pair launched Dead Horse Branding. This 360-degree creative management company provides creative art and brand management, combining Rick’s across-the-board art and design direction with Melissa’s visionary approach to marketing and management. One of Dead Horse’s major projects is a coffee table book for legendary music producer (and keys player for Elvis) Tony Brown. Due for release in 2016, the book is entirely art-directed by Rick, from graphic design to photographing the 40+ featured celebrity portraits, and working with Brown to document the history of modern country music.
Rick’s adaptability and creativity means he’s always working on multiple new concepts, and challenging traditional boundaries between music, art, fashion and design.