on stage with the Flying Burrito Brothers (1985)


You can call Ricky a true and dedicated BYRDS fan.

He's a musician from Italy (Telecaster and Rickenbacker guitar, pedal steel player, guild-dobro, acoustic guitar, mandolin, concertina, bass, dulcimer, harmonica, as well as singer and songwriter).

He is a part of Byrds history as well :

His first lp called RICKY was released in 1980. He wrote all songs (except one). He played all instruments and sang all vocals, with added vocals by Renata Boratto. On the back cover, he gives special thanks to a lot of musicians, including The Flying Burrito Brothers and Sneaky Pete. He also thanks Gram Parsons and Clarence with for spiritual guidance.


    Ricky in his home studio in 1980


Skip Battin and Ricky completed a successful tour of Italy (as a duo) during Spring 1983


In July 1984, Roger McGuinn toured Europe with the Peaceseekers (Skip Battin,  Gene Parsons, Jim Goodal and Greg Harris). On one date in Italy, Ricky substituted for Greg Harris.


When Skip Battin and Sneaky Pete Kleinow toured Italy in 1985 as The Flying Burrito Brothers, Ricky and drummer Vincenze Rei Rosa completed the lineup. The result can be heard on the lp called SNEAKY PETE KLEINOW, SKIP BATTIN AND RICKY MANTOAN - THE FBBs LIVE IN ITALY.

   = THE LP           = THE POSTER



When Skip Battin returned to Italy with John York in 1988, not only did Ricky play the live dates with them, but they went into the studios together and recorded tracks which finally appeared in 2001 as FAMILY TREE by Skip Battin and John York.



Then in 1994, Skip Battin returned to Italy (and Switzerland) again, this time with the Byrds Celebration. Guess who played guitar and steel guitar with them on stage ? Yes it was Ricky ! You can see him on the unofficial Byrds Celebration LIVE IN GENEVA video.



In 1992, Ricky and his band BRANCO SELVAGGIO recorded an album (now out of print) called RIDERS OF THE UNIVERSE, with, among others, songs by Roger McGuinn (He Was A Friend Of Mine), Gene Clark (Gypsy Rider), Gene Parsons & Clarence White (Nashville West - Buckaroo medley), John York (You Don' Need A Heartache), and Bob Dylan (It's All Over Now Baby Blue). This album is dedicated to Gram Parsons, Clarence White, Gene Clark and Sandy Denny.



Ricky also released a solo CD in 1995 called LE PAYS NATAL on the Ribium label.

It is available from FOLKEST RECORDS at http://www.folkest.it  (e-mail them at info@folkest.it).


Ricky Mantoan, a true Byrds Fan !


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