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RICHIE REINHOLDT began playing guitar in his early teens, performing with Country, Rock, and Bluegrass bands in California and Oregon. In 1976, Richie moved to Lake Tahoe where he joined the band “The Live Wire Choir,” adding guitar and banjo work to the group. Richie toured with “The Live Wire Choir” throughout the States for four years and recorded two albums, opening for such acts as: Asleep at the Wheel, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Vassar Clements, Doc Watson, Elvin Bishop and Newgrass Revival, and was well received at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1978 and 1979.
After Live Wire Choir disbanded in 1980, Richie and "The Waybacks" alumnus Chojo Jaques formed the all-acoustic band “Dirkhandle Twist” (a “dawg” music band), opening for the David Grisman Quintet in 1980.
Richie played electric guitar with a variety of Country and Rock bands throughout the eighties, notably, the regional success story "The Skanksters", touring with Bo Diddley in 1987. In the late eighties / early nineties, Richie became involved with the formation of "Pinegrass", a progressive bluegrass/newgrass band and "The Psyclones", touring central Europe in 1993-1996. Riche then spent some time playing sideman with such local favorites as “The Cory Heydon Band” and “The Tom Catmull Band”, recording albums with each.
Richie currently performs with “The Acousticals”, “The Country Kings”, and “The Bop-A-Dips” and has released many solo albums, including:
“Dog Oink” (1995),
“Talk to the Paw” (2005).
“Lies of Love” (2006),
“Glory Days” (2007),
“Manic Heart” (2008).
“The Sound of Her Smile” (2009)
“Shelf Life” (2009)
"Honky Tonkin" (2010)