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 “Live Wire Choir,” adding guitar, banjo, and mandolin work to the group. Richie toured with Live Wire Choir throughout the Northwest for four years. Richie recorded two albums with Live Wire Choir and enjoyed success opening for such acts as: Asleep at the Wheel, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Vassar Clements. Live Wire Choir was well received at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1978 and 1979. After Live Wire Choir disbanded in 1980, Richie formed the all-acoustic band “Dirkhandle Twist” -- a “dawg” music band which opened for the David Grisman Quintet in 1980. Richie played electric guitar with a variety of Country and Rock bands throughout the eighties. In the late eighties / early nineties, Richie became involved with the formation of Pinegrass, a progressive bluegrass / newgrass band and currently performs with “The Acousticals” and “The Rocketdogs”. Richie has released many solo albums, including
“Dog Oink” (1995),
“Talk to the Paw” (2005).
“Lies of Love” (2006),
and his latest,
“Manic Heart (2008)
always staying true to his Country-Americana roots in all it’s forms but has come into his own with the release of "The Sound of Her Smile"
"I played with a buncha bands.....I recorded a buncha albums....