Rich Hepner was spotted by the Magic Band whilst they were on tour. Hepner was playing guitar in a band called the Fantabulous Jags at a bar in Denver. The Jags’ gimmick was the preposterously huge pompadour hairstyles all the band sported (see pic. Rich is second from top).
His playing was sufficiently impressive for Alex St Claire to move from guitar to drums to accomodate him. Although he was only in the band a short while he did get to record on the A&M sessions with them as well as playing a number of live gigs. John French recalls seeing him play and was very impressed with his B.B. King style blues licks.
Rich’s brother, Tom, contacted us to give us a bit of background information:
He is eight years my senior from my dad’s first marriage so I didn’t really know him well until I was in my 20s. Rich left home he was around 16, joined the Air Force when he was 17 so we didn’t see him for almost a decade.
We grew-up in Napa, Calif. He told me once that when he was a teenager, he would sneak into the blues clubs in Vallejo. That’s where he fell in love with the blues. Even though he has the best BB style vibrato I’ve ever heard, I believe Albert King was his favorite player. When he was discharged from the military, he spent a few years in the south playing on the chitin circuit. He played a Standel (Deluxe 102) guitar which I believe, he still has.
Rich has continued to play since those days but currently no details are available.
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