Richard Smith is Happy

Richard Smith was born in and now lives in Nashville. At least one of Smith’s YouTube videos pays homage to the great Jerry Reed, which whom he clearly shares two things: Guitar playing ability and a sense of humor.

England’s loss is our gain. Here is part of what Wikipedia says about Smith:

Smith was born in Beckenham, England. He picked up the guitar, when he was five years old, after watching his father playing an Atkins and Travis version of Down South Blues. He begged his father, a longtime Atkins admirer, to introduce him to the fingerpicking style. Smith soon became a child prodigy on the guitar. At the age of 11 he finally shared the stage with his idol, when Atkins invited him to play together at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.[1][2] He was also influenced by guitarist Big Jim Sullivan and briefly studied jazz guitar with former Tal Farlow student Shane Hill at Warlingham School Surrey.

Above is “Happy Blues.” Here is a bit of Chet Atkins and The Octopus, Tal Farlow.

(Photo: Enamelhead)

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