about Rich Mahan


Guitarist/singer-songwriter Rich Mahan lives in Nashville, where he recorded his solo debut, Blame Bobby Bare in 2012. His new single, "Politics & Murder" was released in October 2016.

Mahan switched from piano to electric guitar in junior high after seeing girls go crazy for a local band playing Rainbow’s “Since You Been Gone” at a talent show. He grew up loving the blues (Freddie, Albert and B.B. King), garage rock (Chocolate Watch Band, The Standells, The Action), and post-British invasion bands (The Jam and Secret Affair), but credits the Grateful Dead with opening his ears to all styles of music, and agrees with his Uncles who told him someday he would love country music. 

Mahan lived in California most of his life — moving up and down the Pacific coast between Los Angeles and the Bay Area — where he spent his time surfing, jamming, recording, gigging, and developing a deep love for Mexican food.

Over the years, he’s toured and recorded with several groups, playing roots rock with Jam Band Avocado Sundae and co-founding the alt-country band Shurman, which was signed to Vanguard Records in 2004. Recently, Mahan has been playing with the Nashville-based The Tangled Hearts as well as sitting in with a various acts as a guest artist, including appearing on Music City Roots and the TV show Nashville.

He moved to Nashville in 2010 to make music and join the city’s growing population of former Californios, or, as he says, Golden State Refugees. 

"Rich Mahan is a Roots music Buddha whose songs always make sure the faithful leave with a grin..." ~ The Alternate Root