WIth legendary rhythm kings, bassist Stuart Hamm and drummer Steve Smith, 18-year-old "Richie Kotzen" delivered a set of highly complex instrumentals featuring guitar solos steeped in technique and attitude. Co-produced by Jason Becker, Kotzen's debut album features unpredictable guitar work and lyrical songs. Released in 1989 during the Shrapnel Records shred metal heyday, this CD has been hard to acquire ever since. Prior to the album's release, at the age of 17, Richie had traveled back and forth across the United States, playing in excess of 500 shows. It was during that year that Richie released "Richie Kotzen" on Shrapnel Records and graced the cover of several publications including Guitar World Magazine. Richie's style on this recording travels across rock, fusion and shred, which was initially popularized by Greg Howe on his Shrapnel debut.
Richie Kotzen (Arthur's Museum, Poison, Greg Howe, Vertú, Mr. Big, Forty Deuce, Wilson Hawk, The Winery Dogs) - guitar, keyboards Stuart Hamm (Joe Satriani, Frank Gambale, Steve Vai, Vince Neil, Carl Verheyen) - bass Steve Smith (Vital Information, Journey, Mariah Carey, Steps Ahead, Jean-Luc Ponty, Montrose, The RD Crusaders, Savage Garden) - drums