The beginning simple, almost comic...
Rich first became interested in music listening to the radio at a young age. He acquired his first guitar at 8 years old and began to play and learn everything he could from the rock guitar idols of the era. In 1989, Rich made his move to Nashville, where his first performance was on the world famous Grand Ole Opry. Soon after he was asked to join country music hit maker Eddy Raven on tour.
Film & Television
ABC's Nashville (Seasons 2-5)
Dancing With The Stars
The Late Late Show (with Craig Ferguson)
The ACA Awards
The CBS Early Show
The Today Show
Regis and Kelly
The Tonight Show
The Grand Ol’ Opry Live
Craig Kilborn Show
Prime Time Country
CMT’s All Access
Swiss National Radio Live
American Music Awards
Lugano Notte (IST Italy)
Fox And Friends
Fox Morning Show (Nashville)
Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
Tavis Smiley show (PBS)
It's all about that music...
While playing guitar for Country crooner John Berry in 1997 Rich performed with John on the Grammy winning Amazing Grace, Vol. 2: A Country Salute to Gospel.
In 2005 Rich release his first solo effort. An instrumental collection of his original songs raging in styles from the melodic acoustic ballad “Old Chanoanon River“ and Jazzy “Catalina” to the Jeff Beck inspired title cut “Soundcheck“. The critically acclaimed CD became an instant favorite among fans across the country.
In 2009 Rich released the much anticipated follow up CD Cottage City Firehouse. On it he wrote “Bldg.55” from his experiences in Iraq while entertaining U.S Troops in Baghdad. He also threw down on the quick pickin’ “Chicken Fingers” and paid homage to fellow DC area legend Danny Gatton on the title cut.
Focus on the journey, not the destination...
Ted Nugent named Rich Eckhardt among his favorite players in a Music Radar Magazine interview alongside Gary Moore, John Sykes, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Angus Young, Richie Blackmore, Steve Morse, Les Paul, Jimi Hendrix, Billy Gibbons, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck.
From 2014-2016 Rich played guitar for a top shelf Journey tribute band. Rich and the band transport audiences to the glorious age of arena rock replicating Journey’s signature sound with every detail.
In 2016-2017 during the off season with Toby Keith Rich played lead guitar for Country traditionalist Shane Owens. Also in 2017 Rich became part of the house band for the Nashville House Party at Nashville's War Memorial.
Rich Eckhardt stays busy, balancing his hectic touring schedule with studio sessions, television appearances and writing new material. He has entertained four American presidents and has been seen on most of the industry’s staple television shows including The Today Show, The Super Bowl and The Tonight Show.
Touring the world and elsewhere...
His touring has taken him around the world, performing not only in the U.S. and Canada but also throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Rich joined Country super star Toby Keith’s band in 1998 and has been his right hand man on lead guitar ever since. Toby year after year hosts one of the highest grossing tours nationwide and Rich has played on albums with Toby that have achieved multi-platinum status.
Don't touch that dial...
From 2008 to 2011 Rich wrote a monthly column called Shifting Gear for Premier Guitar Magazine. In it he discussed gear and shared his expertise on touring and recording as a professional guitarist.
In 2012 Rich was honored to be added to Joe Vaccarino's Second Edition encyclopedia of Baltimore area Pop Musicians, Bands and Recordings.
In 2013 the prestigious Nashville Scene Readers Poll honored Rich by naming him Best Instrumentalist in their Best Of Nashville issue.
Also in 2013 Rich began appearing in the ABC hit television series Nashville as lead guitarist and bandleader for Luke Wheeler played by Will Chase. He has appeared in over a dozen episodes spanning 4 of the series 5 seasons.
Rich has also appeared in over a dozen music videos, television commercials and movies. He has been featured in numerous guitar magazines including Guitar World, Guitar One, Premier Guitar and 20th Century Guitar. He has even turned up on a billboard in downtown Nashville TN.
Should've Been A Cowboy XXV Anniversary Live-Toby Keith
Wacky Tobaccy- Toby Keith
All The Beer In Alabama-Shane Owens
Red Solo Cup (Live)-Toby Keith
I Like Girls That Drink Beer-Toby Keith
Made In America- Toby Keith
Bullets In The Gun-Toby Keith
Get Drunk And Be Somebody - Toby Keith
Broken - Lindsey Haun
Honkytonk U - Toby Keith
I Love This Bar - Toby Keith
Beer For My Horses - Toby Keith
Courtesy Of The Red White And Blue - Toby Keith
That’s When Country Comes To Town - Toby Keith
She’s Taking A Shine - John Berry
Change My Mind - John Berry
Mamma’s Green Eyes - Becky Hobbs
She Wants To Drive My Truck - Jim Wise
Keep It On The Country Side - Mario Martin
RICH HAS PERFORMED WITH MANY OF THE INDUSTRIES TOP MUSIC ICONS ON VARIOUS TELEVISION SHOWS, VIDEOS AND SELECT ALBUMS.
List Of Artists
The James Brothers
Jerry Lee Lewis
Nokie Edwards (The Ventures)
Various Artist- The Gift Of Christmas Vol. 2
Various Artist- The Gift Of Christmas
Rich Eckhardt - Soundcheck
Rich Eckhardt- Cottage City Firehouse
Toby Keith- Hope On The Rocks
Toby Keith - Greatest Hits 2 (Mult-Platinum)
Amazing Grace “A Country Salute To Gospel” Volume II (Grammy Winner)
Sean O'Brian Smith - Tapestry
Fish Heads & Rice
Resurrection-A Journey Tribute
The Hagar Twins (Hee Haw)
Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (Aerosmith)
Derek St. Holmes
Working with music royalty...
Always working steadily as a musician Rich has been fortunate enough to perform with many of music’s top icons including Charlie Daniels, Willie Nelson, Ted Nugent, Sammy Hagar, Merle Haggard, Steve Cropper, Glen Campbell, Joe Perry, Delbert McClinton, Steven Tyler, Shania Twain and Jerry Lee Lewis.
CMT Video Music Awards
CMT’s Flameworthy Awards
On Stage (TNN)
San Remo International Blues Fest (Raiuno)
CMT’s Most Wanted Live
NBC’s Olympic All Star Salute (2002 Winter Olympics)
Paramount Pictures film "Broken Bridges"
(2) National television commercial for Ford Trucks
Jimmy Kimmel Show
Austin City Limits
Rosanne Show (Talk Show)
Music City Tonight
Later Show (NBC)
Donnie & Marie (Talk Show)
Super Bowl XXXVIII
Thanksgiving Day Football Halftime Show
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Movie Soundtrack for the film Providence
IF THERE WAS ANY ONE PATH TO SUCCESS EVERYONE WOULD TAKE IT.