Rick Barden was born in Austin Texas, and has lived there for all but three years of his life, when he lived in San Francisco. From birth he was always surrounded by music. His parents met in the Light Opera Company at the University of Texas. His father took him to see any of his favorites that happened to come to the Capital City of Texas, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie. At home he would also play the records of Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra, Louie Prima, and Tony Bennett. Rick's mother was an excellent pianist. When Rick was eleven years old, his sister Nancy introduced him to a new release by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd called Jazz Samba. This was the album that brought Bossa Nova to America. The beautiful melodies, cool attitude, and fascinating chords made a lasting impression. Rick was soon singing Getz's sax lines on Desafinado note for note. Rick had been playing piano and guitar since age ten and writing songs since age twelve. He had his first paying gig at sixteen, and has been a working musician ever since. Always having fun playing in dance bands, singing a wide variety of styles, he never stopped writing, and with his Eighties band, Third Language, was signed to a publishing deal with legendary songwriter Barry Mann and his partner, standards singer, Steve Tyrell. They had songs in a couple of movies and on television. It was around this time that Rick happened upon a CD called The Legendary Joao Gilberto, which was a collection of Gilberto's original Bossa Nova tracks from the late fifties. This was a revelation that changed everything. It brought him back to his true musical sensibilities. The songs on the new CD, Rare Indigo, show a songwriter that has matured and has found his true voice. They reflect a unique combination of classic American songcraft, and the exotic, cool, jazz feel of Brazilian music. Aided by LA studio hotshot, co-producer of the new Eagles CD, Richard Davis, he has produced a work that was a long time coming, but was definitely worth the wait. .