These guys pick and sing great together
— Byron Berline
 
 

Richard Starkey grew up in Hartford, Connecticut, where his exposure to folk and old-time music was a bit limited, until the day he first saw Doc Watson flatpicking the guitar on the Pete Seeger television show. His life would be changed forever. Richard spent hours on end, working to perfect what he was hearing Doc do on his recordings. Soon, he was traveling around, to Bluegrass and Folk music festivals, jamming, competing in contests, and eventually, having chances to play onstage with music heroes like Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan and Vassar Clements. Eventually, Richard's love for the guitar landed him jobs at the Ovation Guitar factory, then C.F. Martin Guitars, learning to expertly build and repair acoustic instruments, while still playing music at every opportunity. Richard now resides in the Franklin, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville, where his dual skills as guitarist and Authorized Martin Repairman, keep him very busy, especially, now that he is half of Starkey & Clark.

 

Bobby Clark was raised in a musical family, in Oklahoma City. His dad, Charlie, and brother, Mike, played banjo and guitar, and at age 11, Bobby fell in love with the mandolin. Soon, he joined a band of young musicians called the Bluegrass ReVue. Bobby found himself in a fertile learning environment, as they spurred each other on, learning several new songs each week. As he progressed, Bobby was soon winning mandolin and guitar contests, culminating with wins at the Walnut Valley Mandolin Championship, in Winfield, Kansas, and the Buck White International Mandolin Championship, in Kerrville, Texas. Bobby soon moved to Nashville, where he worked a stint with Vassar Clements, before he before holding down the mandolin job, for 16 years, with Mike Snider on the Grand Ole Opry. Now, Bobby builds Dr.MoJo Custom Guitars, as well as, being half of Starkey & Clark.