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Slowly, though REO Speedwagon was getting little traction through its self-titled release, guitarist Gary Richrath was beginning to emerge as a major guitar force. Guitar magazines were starting to feature him and his sort of muscular blending of English blues-rock licks with a flashier, more modern technique.
It is 1976, and REO Speedwagon is about to release its sixth album. Guitarist Gary Richrath talks about his guitars, his early days, and his absolute love for Jeff Beck in Part I of this blast-from-the-past interview from the mid-’70s.