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Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Guitarist Richard Smith has been in academia since his late teens, and now is a tenured professor at the University of Southern California, where he directs a doctoral program in guitar studies. He loves his double life of professor and performer, and his latest recording, First Kiss, on the Heads Up label, reveals yet another facet of this energetic and outspoken force on the New Adult Contemporary scene.

“On my previous recording, From My Window, released in 1994, I was still entrenched with making a recording in the Larry Carlton-Lee Ritenour tradition,” he said. “For this release, I had to go back to first base-to write from my heart, rather than for the guitar. I think that’s the major change in my approach on this recording.”

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