Rich Smith, a native of Kent, England, started playing guitar at age 5. In the following years, he mastered the art of finger-style guitar, developing such a talent that he could replicate a song with as little as one listen. Smith could soon craft a whole symphony of sounds, using just his ten fingers to simultaneously play bass, rhythm and melody, all while seamlessly switching between thumb-picking and flat-picking style, a feat few can accomplish.
This unbridled talent soon lead to Smith getting to play with his idol, Chet Atkins, the original master of the finger-picking style, in front a crowd of 1000+ people at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London. By the time Smith reached his early twenties, Atkins was referring to him as his “Hero”.