A “free raga style” player, inspired by the classical music of both East and West as well as other folk and world traditions…
exploring the heart with what Dusted magazine called the “exhilarating sense of music being discovered as it is played.”
Richard Osborn studied and performed with legendary Robbie Basho (the acoustic guitar trailblazer who, with John Fahey, created the whole “American primitive guitar” movement) in the early 1970′s. He then disappeared from public view, due to a severe injury to his left hand.

He re-emerged in 2010 with his inclusion on Tompkins Square’s Beyond Berkeley Guitar, and in 2012 published his solo debut album, Giving Voice: Guitar Explorations. Giving Voice has garnered dozens of enthusiastic reviews, has earned Richard a nomination as “Best New Artist of 2012” (Zone Music Reporter), and was #21 in the Top 100 Albums of 2012 in the category of worldfusion/new age/ambient music (ZMR).

Now one of the premier exponents of the “free raga style” of playing first pioneered by Basho, he invites you to share this journey of exploring the heart with what Dusted magazine called the “exhilarating sense of music being discovered as it is played.”

A Singing in the Blood

An improvised raga with Mark Choplin on tabla.

New Ledger Book Stories

A Healing Way song for the restoration of Native American individuals and community.

Heading Home

At day’s end, your horse knows the way home.

A Robbie Basho Clip

Robbie Basho mentions Rich by name during one of his concerts circa 1974.


expanding raga style guitar into a new “American Raga,” Rich pushing the boundaries of improvisation. Freehand, is available at CD Baby and iTunes.

Giving Voice: Guitar Explorations

Rich’s beautiful new free Raga style CD, Giving Voice, Guitar Explorations is available at CD Baby and iTunes.


Voted #21 of the Top 100 Albums of 2012
Zone Music Reporter

Beyond Berkeley Guitar

Rich is on this collection of some of Northern California’s finest acoustic guitarists. Available at CD Baby.


List of Rich’s upcoming events

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Richard Osborn
P.O. Box 2544
Saratoga, CA 95070

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The Enigma of Robbie Basho

Debuts at the Raindance festival in London, Oct 3, 2015

Rich is featured in this new Liam Barker documentary film designed to illuminate and satiate existing Robbie Basho fans while serving as a perfect starting point for the uninitiated.

Robbie Basho Tribute Album

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Release date early 2016

Rich will also be featured on this upcoming album dedicated to… (Rich or his PR guy will write this little text blurb to get readers excited.)

“…the exhilarating sense of music being discovered as it is played.”

– Dusted Magazine
“…an amazingly patient, spacious, and quietly emotive style.”

– Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“…spontaneous, nuanced and engaging.”

– Claude Smith, a fan

“I felt like I was sitting on the lap of the Deity, and we were both smiling!”

– Patrick Horgan, a listener

“…his is easily the most beautiful track here, the melody often played low under a filigree pattern that’s occasionally stripped down to a drone to effectively vary the mood.”

– SoundFix

“I Am Remembering”
Backstage Lounge, Santa Cruz 2012

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