Richard Studholme (Great Britain)

Detail from CD booklet

A fine English guitar player whom I have so far not been able to check out live on stage. A guitarist who during the 80's and 90's backed up a row of artists the likes of Hubert Sumlin, Mojo Buford, Lefty Dizz, Carey Bell, Lowell Fulson, Louisiana Red, Nappy Brown och Rockin' Sidney, on tour or on record (JSP). In 1997 Richard played lead guitar in Nicky Moore's Blues Corporation and is featured on their album "Take Me Home". Later he played for a period in West Weston's Bluesonics (in Sweden we have seen West Weston on excellent harp with Big Joe Louis & His Blues Kings), being followed in that lead guitar chair in 2000 by Chris Corcoran. Since then Richard has fronted The Richard Studholme Band. Having his own Tone Zone Studios he is of course working all the time with other artists, too. In 2005 with names like Eric Bibb, Dave Bronze and David Maxwell.

Richard surrounds himself with veteran musicians from the U.K. blues and blues rock circuit. His current band (April 2007) features bass player Jim Leverton with merits from Frankie Miller, Juicy Lucy, Savoy Brown, Blodwyn Pig, Fat Mattress and Steve Marriott's Packet of Three. And Richard's CD "......zoned" proudly displays another name bass player, Andy Pyle (also from Juicy Lucy, Savoy Brown, Blodwyn Pig) as well as stalwarts like West Weston and Chris Corcoran.

Richard's record label and studios are both named Tone Zone, and he is certainly very careful with his guitar tone. An Epiphone Casino seems to be the favourite tool. As a guitar player he reminds me of Austin Tx/Los Angeles guitarist Denny Freeman (currently on tour w. Bob Dylan). A guitarist who just as effortlessly delivers smoky blue notes and shiny reverberating rock'n'roll. Michael Prince summed it upp well, writing in the U.K. blues magazine 'Blueprint' No. 20/1999 on a previous CD by Richard, "Buzzin'": "Anybody who has seen Richard Studholme play, either with the Bluesonics or in other outfits, will know he is one of the finest guitarists we have, so there are no surprises here. The playing is superb throughout..."

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Concert photographs on the ambitious Bobtjes Blues website here
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