Rick and Michele Gedney, known as the duo, Open Book, have been writing, recording, and performing together since 2000. Their original music features melody invention and vocal harmonies backed by a tapestry of interweaving guitars.
Open Book has released three albums which have received national airplay and critical acclaim.
They are currently recording a fourth album.
In addition to performing concerts, writing and recording, Rick and Michele have
been honored to work as part of the facilitating team at Dar Williams' retreat called
Writing a Song That Matters.
The retreat, which occurs twice a year, just completed it's sixth year at
The Garrison Institute in New York's Hudson Valley.
Open Book are the winners of the
2017 Connecticut Folk Festival
'Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition'.
Thank you to Cry Cry Cry for performing our song "Go" on their 2018 tour!
Chronogram Magazine, September 1, 2015 - By Robert Burke Warren
"In pop music, stealth and restraint often go unheralded, yet these qualities are every bit as important as flash and dazzle; subtlety, in the right hands, can pack as much punch as obviousness. Husband-and-wife duo Michele and Rick Gedney, aka Open Book, know all of this, and their third CD, Grateful, exemplifies the low-key power of haunting melody buttressed with expansive harmony, the satisfaction of adroit wordplay entwined with skillfully understated musicianship. Perhaps you'd forgotten the deep pleasures of a pulsing beat switching from straight time to cut time, an undistorted Stratocaster layered over a bed of acoustic strumming, a lap steel mournfully keening at the edge of a song. Grateful will remind you."
Open Book has shared the stage and recorded with many amazing musicians:
Al Hemberger - Billy Masters - Buddy and Julie Miller
Christine Lavin - Dan Bonis - Dar Williams
Doug Yowell - Ellis Paul - Freedy Johnston
Ian Matthews - Jay Nicholas - Jeff Allen
Joe Crookston - John Sebastion - Jon Pousette Dart
Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman - KJ Denhert
Lucy Kaplansky - Lincoln Schleiffer - Livingston Taylor
Marco Giovino - Mark Murphy - Marc VonEm
Martin Sexton - Michael Visceglia - Mike LaRocco
Modern Man - Pete Heitzman - Radislov Lorcovic
Richard Shindell - Rob Clores - Rob Mathes
Sara Milonovich - Sharon Goldman - Sloan Wainwright
Stacy Earle - Steve Hass - The Kennedys
The Levins - Terence Martin - Tom Camp
Will Lee - Zev Katz and many others
"Open Book's songs build on Rick and Michele's beautiful and entwining harmonies,
achiving an incantatory power"
Jim Motovalli, WPKN Radio
"Open Book is the working identity of Michele and Rick Gedney. Their music is an amalgam of folk inflected styles with tunes that concern themselves with love and loss, their music crosses into the urban landscape as easily as it inhabits and embraces it’s rural roots. The duo’s harmonies are sublime and tastefully evocative; their music is amply fulfilling and the structures incorporate sounds that travel far outside the standard instrumentation of the base genre to incorporate sounds from the city and world."
John Hammel, Homegrown Radio
"Michele and Rick Gedney share both lead vocals and songwriting throughout the recording of Out of Time whilst allowing their own individuality to come to the fore in the individual songs. In the case of Michele's song writing in particular (but reflected in Gedneys too) there are strong poetic and contemplative threads running throughout which is reflected in tracks particularly as "Everything has changed" and "Downstream". The first and title track of the CD provides a gentle but firm indication of what is to follow, Michele's smooth and silky vocals weave well with the string backing and Gedneys backing vocals . The duo have a tendency of making every word sound sincere, clearly the love the duo have of their craft comes through. The songs themselves are deceptively simple. This is one of these CD's with hidden depths, and deserves to be listened to again and again to strip away the different layers, a reflection perhaps of how well the whole thing hangs together. Often writing about bands its helpful (to the reader) to provide some kind of reference point. However in this case I couldn't think of such a comparison, whilst there are clearly influences the duo are clearly their own artists."
Graham Dixon, BBC Radio 3
"Open Book is a folk-rock duo, yes, but the big advantage of having two co-leaders in harmony and agreement rests on the spectrum of influence and experience each brings to the table...
songcraft and soul-filling vocals of sterling quality..."
Thomas Staudter, The Gazette/The New York Times
"Blown away by the HARMONIES! People, they're exquisite....live, their vocals are really front and center where they damn well should be. Michele's pristine tone, at times reminiscent of Shawn Colvin's,
just soars and Rick's voice complements hers beautifully...shines on his own too."
Sam Tallerico, WVKR Radio