Richard Smith: Mastering the Art of Fingerstyle Guitar

Nashville Dreams Realized

English fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith found his musical haven in Nashville, inspired by legends like Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, and Merle Travis. His participation in the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention, engaging in both formal and casual guitar sessions, was a pivotal step in making his mark in this dynamic musical hub.

A Standout Performance at the Gala

The highlight for any artist at the convention is the Saturday night gala concert, a prestigious event attracting a well-dressed audience. Richard Smith, however, chose a relaxed attire of shorts and a golf shirt, but his performance of “The Entertainer” was anything but casual. Captured on video and shared on YouTube, this performance skyrocketed in popularity, becoming a defining moment in Smith’s career.

Recognition from Guitar Greats

Richard Smith’s skill in fingerpicking is unparalleled, earning acclaim from guitar virtuosos, including Tommy Emmanuel. Among his numerous performances, it’s his rendition of Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” in July 2018 that truly stands out. This performance has captivated over 13 million viewers on YouTube, showcasing his exceptional talent.

Experience the mesmerizing skill of Richard Smith in his iconic performance of “The Entertainer.” Watch the video below to witness the artistry that has garnered millions of views.