Be sure to catch me with my new band Classic Detour.  Classic Detour plays classic rock hits from the 70's and 80's.  We're 5 great guys, playing 4 great chords!! find us on Facebook and Instagram

Rich has been signed on as guitars for the ultimate Garth Brooks tribute-featuring shawn gerhard.  Rich will be playing acoustic, electric, haromnica and occasionally filling in on lead guitar for this fantastic Garth tribute show!  Check the Tour Dates page for a show near you!

Rich will be out on Toby Keith's Country Comes To Town tour this summer.  July 17th marks the start of his 22nd year with Toby. 


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  • Rich Eckhardt is the lead guitarist for Country super-star Toby Keith.
  • He has performed in nearly every major concert venue in the world and has also played on Grammy winning and multi-platinum albums.
  • Ted Nugent listed him among the top of his favorite players list.
  • Rich has two critically acclaimed solo CD’s Soundcheck (2005) and Cottage City Firehouse (2009)