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Rich Dickinson's Driving Force

Blues Rock
Rich Dickinson:

From a young age I grew up listening to such groups as The Beatles, The Kinks and The Rolling Stones, but it was when I saw Jimi Hendrix playing guitar on television that I really fell in love with that instrument. My parents bought me an acoustic guitar for my 10th birthday which I still own.

Over the years I have toured with countless acts from a wide mix of genres including Joe Brown, The Tremolos, Screaming Lord Sutch, Andy Ross Orchestra and Chas and Dave and in later years the Datsunís, Blackfoot, Frank Marino's Mahogany Rush.

I consider myself first and foremost a live performer and have developed by own playing style over many years, drawing my influences from Jimi Hendrix, Garry Moore, Rory Gallagher, Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen and many others.

I have a long and personal association with Marshall Amplification and currently use a JCM 800 head and 2x12 hand wired cab.

I play mainly 70ís Stratís (Including my aluminium bodied Peter Kellett Custom Strat), most loaded with Seymour Duncan and/or DiMarzio Pickups plus a brace of Gibson Les Pauls.

I had the chance to produce music for Channel 4 on the 100 best and 100 worst series and have also appeared on national and local television and radio in connection with the launch of the JH signature series Marshall 100 amplifier based on serial number 7026 an amplifier I had owned since the early 70ís (See Hendrix Amp Page.), Guitarist Magazine featured a detailed history with an adjoining CD featuring music I recorded with Jimi's amp at the Marshall theatre performance stage.

I play in two bandsÖ

KAOS Rocks! A mix of original and classic iconic rock covers.
Rich Dickinson's Driving Force, who play blues rock-based tunes in the style of Joe Bonamassa, Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher etc plus some slide guitar.

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