This Rawk Friday will be a little different as I won’t be sharing one of my photographs. Instead I wanted to point you to a true story of transformation and redemption in Rick Derringer. Some of who are a little older remember Rick in the McCoys and then providing a part of the soundtrack to our high school years in the seventies with Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo! (still, one of the greatest songs ever). Derringer has seen a change in his life that many of us can relate to as his attention slowly turned from the excesses of the world to the life we were meant to live. I’ll let a part of his testimony take over here: (read the whole testimony here)
I have come to realize that the Lord allowed me to survive drugs, alcohol and sins of the flesh so that I can stand here today as an example. A living, breathing example for all of you who think there’s no way out; for all of you who think you’re trapped in your addictions. The Lord can fix it all! He can bless you with the strength to beat any addiction. He died on the cross for your sins and gave you the opportunity to spend eternity in Heaven.
Rick’s faith is not a passing-Paris Hilton phase in his life. Check out how he has rewritten one of his signature songs ‘Still Alive and Well’. Originally a paean for his friend’s recovery from addiction, Derringer is using his music and his stage to bless others now.
Just in case you forgot or missed it back in the day, here’s an old video of Rick playing with Edgar Winter and doing Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo
Rick Derringer’s Web Site: www.rickderringer.com
By the way, he sells one of the greatest albums of all time there (Derringer Live) so stop by and buy two or three copies.