The ACMA is excited to welcome Richard Smith to our stage.
Born in 1971 in Beckenham, England, Richard started early and first picked up the guiar at the age of 5 with his father teaching him his first chords and songs.
After some early solo performances and six years of working as a trio with two of his brothers, Rob and Sam in the 90’s, Richard moved to Nashville, TN. in January 2000,
In 2001 he won the national fingerpicking championship and has since forged a career as a solo artist, performing all over the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia and Brazil, releasing solo records, duet and ensemble records.
Constantly touring with a repertoire of fingerpicking classics, originals, fiddle tunes, blues, Joplin rags, jazz standards, classical repertoire and everything from pop to Sousa marches.
Richard has also performed or recorded along the way with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Tommy Emmanuel, Suzy Bogguss, and a host of others.
Opening the show is ACMA member and singer/songwriter Karen Cohen. She began playing guitar as a teenager, finger picking Traditional Folk songs and Contemporary Acoustic Musicians of the 60’s and 70’s. Karen can be found playing her original music around SW Florida and beyond. Her focus is to connect with her audience through her soulful eclectic mix of Americana music