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Richard Smith

Richard Smith

“The most amazing guy I know on the guitar. He can play anything I know, only better.” Chet Atkins, CGP (music legend)
“If you like my playing, you should hear Richard Smith! The world champion!” Tommy Emmanuel, CGP (two-time Grammy nominee)

  • General Admission Adv: $20.00
  • Door Admission: $25.00

Tickets availble through Kevin Russell at 707-824-1858 or

Blues, Joplin Rags, Bach, Chopin, flat picking fiddle tunes, Sousa Marches, fingerstyle jazz to straight Travis picking tunes, makes up his evolving repertoire!

When Richard Smith picks up a guitar, it's a treat for the ears and the eyes. Audiences watch in amazement, while his fingers dance over fretboard and strings, and listen in delight, as melody and groove fill the room. It's a natural gift. Born in Beckenham, Kent in England in 1971, he started playing on a six-string at the age of 5 after hearing his father picking “Down South Blues” by Chet Atkins and Merle Travis. When Richard asked “Dad, how do you do that?”, his father obliged, and Richard never looked back. Often, a single hearing was all it took to get a piece under his fingers, and eventually his hero, the “Godfather” of fingerstyle, Chet Atkins, invited Richard to share the stage with him at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, when he was only eleven years old.