Rich was born and raised in New York where he played with a few different local NYC bands. He left in the fall of 1992 hoping to pursue a full time music career in South Florida. After searching for musicians to collaborate with he hooked up with the CRAZY FINGERS BAND in 1993 and started playing with them full time. He left the band in 2007 and returned full time in 2010.
His musical influences include such artists as the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Funky Meters, the New Orleans Radiators, Little Feat, Ray Charles, and Traffic to name a few.
Rich plays a 1978 Ibanez Musician and a custom built fender "Frankenstrat" through a Fender Twin Reverb and a Fender Dual Showman Reverb amp with a 1-12 speaker cabinet loaded with a JBL D-120. His effects include Digital and Analog effects by Boss, MXR, Jetter, Analogman, and TC Electronics.