Richard “Shepp” Sheppard, Guitar, comes from southern New Jersey. He attended the Berklee School of Music, studied guitar and composition with Pat Martino in Philadelphia, studied composition and aesthetics with Dr. Frank Haas in Vineland, NJ and studied guitar with Attilla Zoller in Southern Vermont.
He has taught guitar, composition, and music theory as a faculty member of Bennington College (Bennington, Vermont) and Pittsfield Community Music School (Pittsfield, Massachusetts).
He has performed and done shows with many different artists. Among these are , Wierd-Al Yankovic, Rick Danko, Hot Tuna, and Vassar Clements and Buddy Cage of the New Riders of the Purple Sage to name just a few as well as played and has been a featured performer at major festivals like the Newport Jazz Festival, The Cape May Jazz Festival and Muzicfest Bethlehem PA to name just a few,
His passion for Gypsy music and love for the guitar in general has lead him towards his own unique style of guitar playing he calls "World Improv Guitar".