To the folks in Atlanta, Barry Richman may very well be the next Jimi Hendrix. A local hero and buddy to Eric Johnson and Carlos Santana, Richmond is gleaning praise from his peers across the board. His unique style combines arresting technique and musical soundscapes with dripping reverence for the six strings he caresses nightly in the beer-soaked dives of Atlanta. Richman is proud of his influences and doesnt think twice about wearing them proudly on his sleeve. Case in point are Richmans two CDs, The Moment Of Now and Temporary Eternity. A psychedelic blend of original tunes The Moment Of Now, pays homage to Jimi Hendrix (Mr. Jimi) and Jeff Beck (Thank You Jeff). Richman also covers Robin Trowers Day Of The Eagle and Santanas Europa. The later caused John Heidt of Vintage Guitar Magazine to declare, Richman takes Santana's 'Europa' and makes it his own.
On his current disc, Temporary Eternity, Richman continues his musical journey moving closer to Jazz-fusion ala Jeff Beck. Zambi, 151 Avenue B and Simbas Revenge showcase Richmans ability to communicate on a number of different levels. His blues is never too far away as Here Again and Macon move into the Delta. Even a dash of Middle Eastern influence spice up And The Dogs Made Love. Pop hit Jellybread triumphs as a Robin Trower-like fretboard workout baked in soul with vocals handled by soul sensation Angi Aparro.
The albums title Temporary Eternity features the genius of Tomas Ramirezs alto sax building around the guitarist jetting Fender stokes. At its rockin best is the albums Black Texas Highway a full tilt power surge. Richmans solo gigs are standing room only and with a standard three-set-per-night no stone is left unturned. Richman is also touring with the Col. Bruce Hampton and Friends outfit.