May 9 & 10, 2008 – Richard Smith and Julie Adams

Richard Smith
At the age of eleven, Richard met, and was honored to play with his hero, Chet Atkins, acclaimed as the “Godfather” of fingerstyle guitar, before an enraptured audience of 1,000 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London. Chet sat in stunned silence, too amazed to join in, while Richard flawlessly performed Chet’s arrangement of “Little Rock Getaway.” By the age of twenty, Chet Atkins began referring to writemyessayfast Richard as his “hero.” Since then, Richard has toured around the world, surprising audiences everywhere with his genius, showcasing a repertoire of musical styles from country, bluegrass, mainstream jazz, modern pop, rock and classical guitar. In 2001, after marrying the lovely and accomplished American cellist, Julie Adams, Richard won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas.

Julie Adams
Julie is one of the most diverse cellists on the music scene today. In addition to performances with orchestras around the nation, Julie has also branched out into folk music, lending her wonderful talents as a session player in Nashville, and is featured on a wide range of projects from pop albums to major film scores. After marrying in 1999, Richard and Julie released “Living Out A Dream,” and together, have delighted audiences around the world with their eclectic mix of Julie’s lyrical style and Richard’s flawless technique. They are truly soul mates—in life and in music!

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