Richard Smith, Nashville guitarist, returns to Littleton for a concert on Monday at the Loading Dock
The concert at Littleton's new venue and artist's loft will begin at 7 p.m.
Smith's incredible stylistic wealth is founded in a lifelong love for music. Born in England in 1971, he started playing guitar at age 5 under the instruction of his father. Concentrating initially on 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 confounding everyone with his dexterity.
Richard first met his hero, the "Godfather" of fingerstyle guitar, Chet Atkins, when he was only 11. Richard was invited by Chet to share the stage with him at Her Majesty's Theatre in London in front of an audience of 1,000. At first, the master accompanied him, but later on he just listened in stunned silence while the child played Chet's own arrangements - perfectly. By the time Richard reached his early 20s, both Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed began to refer to him as their "Hero."
Richard has been a mainstay at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention in Nashville since 1991, where he has played with many world renowned artists including Nato Lima of Los Indios Tabajaras, sax legend Boots Randolph and John Jorgenson of Desert Rose Band and Elton John Band fame. He has also performed with other great musicians such as Marcel Dadi, Tommy Tedesco, Thom Bresh, Joe Pass, BirÃ©li LagrÃ¨ne, Bryan Sutton, Les Paul, Mark O'Connor, Sam Bush, Martin Taylor, Jorge Morel, Suzy Bogguss, Muriel Anderson, Guy Van Duser, BÃ©la Fleck, Victor Wooten, Tony McManus and Buster B. Jones and shared the bill with a host of others, most notably Steve Morse, Albert Lee, Paco PeÃ±a, Barney Kessel, DaÂ¬vid Russell and Johnny Hiland.
The Loading Dock is an all-ages collaborative multidisciplinary creative space. It brings together art, music, technology in one open concept creative community space. It is located on Mill Street.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or presale at Northern Lights Music, 57 Main St. Littleton, 444-7776, or online at www.northernlightsmusic.com. For more information email info@northernlightsmusic or call the store.