415. Koo-Ah – Rick Cua

KOO-AH (1982)

Rick Cua

There has always been a fascination in the world of CCM when rumors begin to float around that an artist in mainstream music (or band member” had become a Christian and that they would be doing Christian music. Bob Dylan, Kerry Livgren (Kansas), Joe English (Wings) and several more made splashed in Christian music as the CCM hopefuls were always looking for something to share with friends.

Rick Cua played bass for The Outlaws, a classic Southern Rock band best known for their epic rocker, Green Grass and High Tides. Most fans were looking for the traditional Southern Rock three guitar attack and 7 minute epics. What they got instead was a very polished, professional and, at times, “safe” album that had more hits than misses.

The songs that did rock were quite good. The Rock Was Rolled Away, Spirit, Crossfire and I Wanna Be Like You more than make up for the more Nashville influenced “singles.” When he rocks he is more Bruce Springsteen, but when he doesn’t he’s more Rick Springfield.

Rick would go on to a long and successful career in CCM including working on the executive and production side of things as well.

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  1. Calgary Carl
    October 16, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Oh yeah!!! Good ole Rick Cuo…lol!

  2. Greenchili
    March 8, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I’d have to say the songs you listed are probably the ones I like the most of this album.

  3. shawnuel
    May 2, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Nicest. Guy. Ever.

  4. July 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    TOTALLY TRUE STORY!!!

    I was working for Harvest Rock Productions (Yes… THE Harvest Rock..) back when Paul Emery only did concert scheduling for the Chicago area and nothing more. We did a two night show for Petra and as their opening act, they had this unknown artist named Rick Cua on the bill.

    Sadly, my job for this set of concerts was to guard the dressing rooms, so I never got to see any of the concerts…. for both nights. But, I got to enjoy the joking, teasing and playful humor of the band members. One guy in particular I would “harass” and question the validity of his backstage pass every time I saw him. I figured the guy was a stage hand, Petra had many of them, and this guy just had that sort of presence about him. In charge and knew what he needed to do, where he needed to be, and when.

    Soooo two days of having fun with the guys… and we’re packing up the concert on the last night. I finally — FINALLY — get the opportunity to head over to the Concert T-shirts & paraphernalia table, start browsing for what to buy (we crew members got a special discount, so it was always crowded by our crew before they packed everything away) —- and there’s this album… and the stage hand is on the cover…. and my first thought was ….. Why did they put a stagehand on the cover of an album?

    Honestly…. no kidding… And Rick Cua signed my copy “To Wayne, from the Stagehand — Rick Cua.”

    He maintained his sense of humor to the very end.

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