Local blind musician brings God, country and perseverance to the stage – WKUHerald.com
Ricky Beavers is a self-proclaimed walking, talking jukebox; in his words, he is “blessed by voice, not by sight”.
Beavers, a 57-year-old singer-songwriter living in Bowling Green, first picked up the guitar around age 12, despite being legally blind since childhood.
Beavers said that with his music, “God is in control”. They often feature themes of family, faith and patriotism and are inspired by personal struggles in his life.
“My mom had dementia and I cared for her for 7 years,” Beavers said. “Every time I went downstairs to listen to her, she always had a CD playing.”
Music brought him closer to his mother, Beavers said. After her passing in 2018, he wrote “Heaven is the only thing that keeps me hanging” in her memory.
“She always said I could do whatever I wanted; that’s what she told everyone, she was my number one fan,” Beavers said. “Something in my mind, you know, made me keep doing what I’m doing and I have to think the sky’s the limit for me.”
His love of music prompted him to launch his own website and finalize a 10-song CD. He has already moved on to his next project, an album called “The Ones in Black and Blue”.
Ernie Rowell, director of Beavers of Kit Music Group, Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee, said working with Beavers “was a thing of God!
“Our meeting was quite accidental, as Ricky was calling a venue where I was performing on the weekends and asking for someone else, who wasn’t there,” Rowell said in an email. “I ended up taking the call. We talked about what he wanted to do and we started working together from there.
Rowell said it was clear to him that Beavers were “really a special human being”.
“I’ve never met a more driven songwriter and singer than what I see in Ricky Beavers,” Rowell said. “His love of God, country and people is reflected in everything he does and he wants to be the best version of himself he can be.”
On New Year’s Eve, Beavers performed at 231 Bar and Grill for the first time. Manager Nicole Reagle called the performance “literally fantastic”.
“Ricky has helped our business tremendously on New Year’s Eve,” Reagle said. “We’ve scheduled it every other Friday from now until further notice.”
Tony Stark, another 231 Bar and Grill manager, loved Beaver’s ability to entertain and connect with audiences. Beyond the original music, her show features jokes, trivia, and song requests.
“You can hear the feeling in his voice, you can tell he feels the songs he sings,” Stark said. “He’s a very warm artist.”
Beavers has big plans for the future and a big heart for his community, adding “it’s about other people now.”
“I want to help family members of officers killed in the line of duty. It’s one of my desires, and I want to help take it beyond that,” Beavers said.
In addition to helping the families of fallen officers, Beavers hopes his performance will encourage those around him to persevere through difficult times.
“Once you have something in mind, you have to keep striving for it and keep pushing forward,” Beavers said. “If you keep working hard behind […] and have faith and belief in God […] everything else will fall into place.
If you fail, Beavers has advice: “Just keep trucking, and you’ll finally make your breakthrough.”
The next beaver show will be at 231 Bar and Grill from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, January 28. His website is at rickybeavers.com.
Journalist Vidhi Parekh can be contacted at [email protected]