Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Richard Smith, National finger-style guitar champion - Sat Oct 20

National fingerstylye guitar champion
Saturday, Oct. 20, 8:00 pm
$16 adv / $18 day of show

"The most amazing guy I know on the guitar. He can play anything I know, only better.” - Chet Atkins

Richard Smith was born in Beckenham, Kent, England in 1971. One day, at the age of five, Richard was watching his father fingerpick “Down South Blues” (an Atkins-Travis recording) on his guitar. The boy begged his dad to show him how to play it, and finally he did. Despite the fact that Richard is left-handed and his dad’s right-handed guitar was not designed for tiny hands, by the end of that day, Richard learned and played both the chords and the melody. Within no time, the toddler outstripped his dad’s six-string prowess and it was clear to all who saw or heard him play that Richard was one of those rare phenomena -- a child prodigy.


Richard first met his hero, the “Godfather” of finger style guitar, Chet Atkins when he was only eleven and was invited by Chet to play with him on stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London in front of an audience of about a thousand.

Richard Smith is nothing less than a phenomenon. But, words alone are inadequate to describe his guitar wizardry. You may be a doubting Thomas until you’ve witnessed him for yourself. But, once you have, you’ll be a fan for life!

THIS WILL BE A SOLO SHOW BY RICHARD SMITH

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