Rich’s interest in music began a long time ago in his hometown of Moon Twp., Pennsylvania. At the age of 9 he started taking guitar lessons inspired by his interest in rock groups like Kiss and Aerosmith. Because these groups mentioned Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton (Cream, John Mayall) as an influence, he soon found himself enamored with those players and their influences (the Blues). Learning quickly with a musical hunger that could not be filled, Rich began playing professionally in clubs at the age of 15. Because he was so young yet so proficient, many bands called him to play and he made lots of friends. A friend invited him one night to see a little known Blues guitarist out of Texas at a local club. “I was amazed at how Stevie Ray Vaughn could play the Hendrix material so well and yet still have his own voice.” This fuelled his love for guitar and the Blues even more.
Upon graduation from Clarion University of PA, Rich headed straight for Nashville, TN. He quickly got jobs playing on the road and in studios. “I wanted to take advantage of the boom going on in Country music at the time, and my style seemed to fit in well.” While playing with a Southern Illinois favorite, Wild Horses, Rich began to feel the call of the Blues again. After leaving that band he formed Soul Purpose, his first Blues band for which was the leader. They played at local festivals such as Herrinfesta and the first year at Hog Rock.
After that time Rich started playing Contemporary Christian music and released 3 CD’s as a solo artist and 1 as a member of a 3 piece group called Calling 12. Rich lives in Anna, IL with his wife Sonya, and 2 children Morgan, and Garrett. He also teaches guitar at Byassee music in Marion, IL and Shawnee Community College in Ullin, IL.
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