Ham Jam House Concert
Richard & Julie
12/10/2017, 06/04/2017, 11/22/2015, 11/09/2014, 09/29/2013, 09/24/2012
Richard Smith will play a fine acoustic concert on Sunday, December 10th, 2017, doors open at 6:00 PM. Julie Adams will miss this trip and Richard will be playing solo.
Richard and Julie are known all over the world. We are fortunate
to have such renowned string players visiting Austin. Richard was the
National Fingerstyle Champion for 2001! If you like acoustic guitar
and cello put on your listening hat and dine on some exquisite virtuoso fodder!
Richard Smith, Acoustic Guitar, Violin, Banjo, Voice
Richard 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.
Concentrating initially on the music his father loved – the country picking
of Chet Atkins and Merle Travis – young Richard digested everything he heard,
learning even the most complicated of these tunes with ease, and confounded
everyone with his dexterity. It seemed that, not only did the boy possess
amazing physical skill, but a photographic musical memory as well. Often,
a single hearing was all it took to get a piece under his fingers.
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.
He played Chet’s arrangement of “Whispering,” and Chet played along with him.
Then the audience went mad and Chet asked him to play another one. Before
Richard could decide what to play, someone shouted “Little Rock Getaway.”
and Richard played Chet’s arrangement of it while Chet, not playing this time,
watched him in amazement playing to a stunned and appreciative audience. By
the time he reached his early twenties, both Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed began
to refer to Richard Smith as their “Hero” – and still do.
There seems to be no limit to Richard’s ability to quickly master whatever
guitar style captures his fancy. The complex styles of many guitar greats
including Django Reinhardt, Les Paul, and Lenny Breau have proved to be no
impediment to his voracious musical appetite. Apart from his guitar virtuosity,
he is also an accomplished banjo and violin player.
Richard has toured around the world, surprising audiences everywhere with his
genius, showcasing a repertoire spanning an incredible range of musical styles
from country, bluegrass, mainstream jazz, modern pop and rock, to classical
guitar. Richard also plays several of John Phillip Souza’s marches and,
incredibly, comes close to sounding like an entire marching band – drums and all.
In 1999, Richard married the lovely and very accomplished American cellist Julie
Adams and settled in the Nashville, TN area. When they play together, it'll melt
your heart - and blow your socks off!
Now thirty, 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!
Here’s what a few of his fellow guitarists have to say about him...
“The most amazing guy I know on the guitar.” “He can play anything I know, only better.”
~ Chet Atkins, CGP
Richard and Chet Atkins
Richard Smith owns many instruments, but his most prized is a guitar, which has
written on it, “To my hero, Richard”
~ signed Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins
Guitar playing at its finest. Don’t miss this one.”
~ Doyle Dykes
“If you like my playing, you should hear Richard Smith.”
~ Tommy Emmanuel, CGP
“He is one of the world’s greatest guitarists.”
~ Muriel Anderson
Julie Adams, Cello, Voice
Julie is one of the most diverse cellists on the music scene today.
Raised in Dayton, Ohio, and classically trained at the Interlochen Center
for the Arts and the Cincinnati Conservatory, Julie has won many competitions
and played in a wide variety of musical settings. In 1996, she was selected
to perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Cincinnati Conservatory
Orchestra. Since then, she has performed with orchestras in Chicago, Columbus,
Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio and Vero Beach, Florida.
Julie has also branched into folk music, playing with well-known fingerstyle
guitarist, Muriel Anderson. Julie and Muriel toured extensively throughout
the US and released a CD titled "Theme for Two Friends". Julie is also a Nashville
session player and has been featured on a wide range of projects from top ten
albums to major film scores. She was most recently featured on a track with country
legend Suzy Bogguss on "Beautiful Dreamer", which won the 2005 Grammy for
Folk Album of the Year.
After marrying British guitar champion Richard Smith in 1999, Julie and
Richard released "Living Out a Dream". Audiences in the U.S. and around the
world delight in the eclectic mix of Julie's lyrical style and Richard's
flawless technique. They are truly soul mates - in life and in music!
- Richard & Julie's Website
YouTube Music Videos...
Richard, age 11, with Chet Atkins
Tommy Emmanuel tells all
Jerry Reed Medley
A Simple Melody
Doors open at 6:00 and the concert is 7:00 to 9:00.
The band suggests an admission donation of $20. Daren suggests folks bump in more if they can in support of music in Austin. The entire donation goes to the musicians.
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!
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