Rich Meyers says that he is the late Mike Miller’s bastard godchild and protégé. Rich grew up in Los Angeles in the 1960s and learned how to play guitar while he was in high school. He attended college in Philadelphia and backed various vocalists to earn pin money. In 1998, he met Mike Miller, who taught him how to play mandolin, Rich’s improvising instrument of choice. Rich accompanied Mike on many occasions over the past 10 years.
Rich describes himself as a musical omnivore, and he has jammed with musicians from a wide variety of genres. He has played professionally in both rock & roll and bluegrass bands. Rich will be leading the Mike Miller Memorial sing as well as a participatory jam for beginners and intermediate musicians. Rich says that Mike gave him all of the tools necessary to carry on the traditions of group singing and jamming at the Festival except for two things: Mike’s wicked sense of humor and Mike’s “look” (and those of you who played or sang Mike over the years know what this was).