We have lost two major pioneers in the last week or so, Geoff Mack, the Everywhere Man and now Rick Carey, best known as one half of Rick and Thel. I think most people know the story about the first concert that I ever went to, but I usually tell that story when people ask me about Buddy Williams or Johnny Ashcroft, as they were on the bill that day. Rick and Thel were there too. Thel actually was a teacher and my Aunty Una was her student many years ago. Rick and Thel appeared on just about every variety show on television back in the days when my sister and I were growing up. It was actually a bit of an act that my sister and I put on. We would say – no matter what the show was on tv – Here’s Rick and Thel – even if they weren’t going to be on. They were that much a part of country music culture in Australia. We lost Thel a few years back now and I guess the one saving grace is that Rick will be reunited with her again. Cancer has claimed another one. We have to do something. With love and thoughts to the family and friends of Rick. Happy Trails, Rick.