Slim Richey (born February 11, 1938) in Atlanta, Texas is the guitar player for Jitterbug Vipers. He won the "Best Electric Guitar" at the 2013-2014 Austin Music Awards.
Founder of Warehouse Music, he is a pioneer in music education publishing, with worldwide mail order distribution of instruction books, tapes, and videos in fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass and all folk and bluegrass instruments. He specialized particularly in enabling students to learn from transcriptions, a method which has been proven with musical virtuosos in the improvisation and folk tune world. Before the digital era, Mr. Richey created the mail order market for variable speed tape machines which could slow down a piece of music to facilitate transcription. With his own group of record labels under Ridgerunner Music (Ridgerunner, Amazing, Tex-Grass and others), Slim Richey filled a gap in the world of specialized record labels which brought acoustic string music to life after the Woodstock era. Slim Richey's proclivity for recording musicians in his home area of North Texas took full advantage of the area's position as a crossroads for national and traveling musicians, and helped focus on Texas as a rich source of music.
His 1977 LP Jazz Grass remains a seminal document of the era, folding jazz into the newgrass genre behind the featured support of Ricky Skaggs Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Joe Carr and Alan Munde.
Marty Stuart discography includes the Slim Richey Sessions (1978). Big Bill Lister's return to commercial recording came in 1983 with the album "Sho' 'Nuff Country Stuff! (The Second Time Around)," produced for Slim Richey's Tex-Grass label by D. Lee Thomas and Michael H. Price, with accompaniment by the Salt Lick Foundation, a Texas string band that includes Lister's nephew, Harris Kirby. Lister performed extensively during 1983 in Dallas and Fort Worth with the Salt Lick Foundation and with Michael H. Price and Slim Richey's jazz ensemble, Diddy Wah Diddy.
On Friday February 24th 2012, He was hit by a hit-and-run driver while packing up after a show at the Volstead in East Austin.
Born Michael Richey, in the small East Texas town of Atlanta, Texas near the border with Arkansas border, he became a Jazz enthusiast. His older sister played piano exposed him to musicians such as Texan Charlie Christian. He started a swing(music) band in high school. He went to college at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. Studying with Benny Garcia, he took up the style of jazz guitar playing epitomized by Hank Garland and Barney Kessel. When he moved to Texas he combined their bluesy twang with the robust solo style of T-Bone Walker, and created a signature lead guitar style while also doubling on country fiddle and working with young vocalists who he would develop into local headliners. His career trajectory has been the opposite of the traditional professional musician, who may have a traveling and performing career while young and then go into a different part of the music business later. Slim Richey was a publisher and producer in younger years and then became infatuated with performing as a club date and touring musician, which he is today. He moved to Austin in 1992 and played at the Elephant Room on fiddle with the Jazz Pharaohs. He formed the Dream Band with Meaux Jeaux and a string of singers including Julie Lowery, Alice Spencer, Lady Lacynica, and Leeann Atherton.