National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Richard Smith and virtuoso cellist Julie Adams have toured around the world, surprising audiences everywhere with their tremendous virtuosity and a repertoire spanning an incredible range of musical styles from classical, mainstream jazz, contemporary pop, and bluegrass.
Julie Adams is one of the most diverse cellists on the music scene today. Raised in Dayton, Ohio, and classically trained at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Cincinnati Conservatory, Julie has won many competitions and played in a wide variety of musical settings. In 1996, she was selected to perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Cincinnati Conservatory Orchestra. She was most recently featured on a track with country legend Suzy Bogguss, which won the 2005 Grammy for Folk Album of the Year.
Richard Smith was born in Beckenham, Kent, England in 1971. At age 11 he was invited to perform with the great Chet Atkins at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London. The complex styles of many guitar greats including Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Django Reinhardt, Les Paul, and Lenny Breau have proved to be no impediment to his voracious musical appetite. Apart from his guitar virtuosity, he is also an accomplished banjo and violin player.
Here’s what a few of his fellow guitarists have to say about Richard Smith:
- “The most amazing guy I know on the guitar.” – Chet Atkins
- “He’s My Hero” – Jerry Reed
- “Guitar playing at its finest.” – Doyle Dykes
- “If you like my playing, you should hear Richard Smith.” – Tommy Emmanuel
- “He is one of the world’s greatest guitarists.” – Muriel Anderson
- “He can play anything I know, only better.” – Chet Atkins
Together, this duo and their expert acoustic skills are perfect for showcasing Music City’s expert musicianship at wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, rehearsal dinners, and corporate events.