Richard Groom - Lead Guitar

Ask Richard what music he played when he first took up the guitar aged 16 and the reply is brief: "Billy Bragg and the blues."

The love of blues saw many teenage hours spent playing along with Muddy Waters and Albert King records, followed by spending the early and mid 90's on the London blues scene. Many memorable jam sessions included the occasional number sitting in with the likes of Shakey Vic, Sam Kelly, Rod Demick and Richard's biggest guitar influence, Johnny Whitehill, at the much missed home of UK blues, the Station Tavern on Latimer Road.

The Billy Bragg influence eventually lead to him writing and recording three CDs of original material and playing on the London folk and acoustic circuit in the late 90's, and more recently back in his native Cambridgeshire.

But the blues has never been altogether forgotten, and Richard's itch to get back to lead guitar sees him take on the role with Dr. A Richard brings a refreshing mix of Subtlety, Power, Wit and Lyricism to his playing and his clean, biting guitar sound makes a good addition to the band.

Musical Influences

Blues guitar:

  • Johnny Whitehill
  • Albert King
  • T, Bone Walker
  • Muddy Waters
  • Buddy Guy
  • Hubert Sumlin
  • Otis Rush
  • Freddie King
  • Robert Johnson
  • Ike Turner
  • Albert Collins
  • John Lee Hooker

Ambition

To play something that makes people forget their troubles for even a few seconds.

Favourite Position:

Supine.


 


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