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About Steve Archer Band




"The hottest band in the land' "KISS"'!" These words were heard by a 12 year old Richie Scharr, which began his dream of becoming a rockstar! At age 13, he got his first guitar and had started a band by age 14. During his teenage years he played with several different bands performing cover songs as well as writing original music.
He was then hired by the band 'Talon, where he mastered his craft while on the road for two years. Richie also toured with the Van Halen tribute band 'Eruption', which included Judas Priest's drummer, Scott Travis.

If you were lucky enough to go to the 1990 winter NAMM show in Anaheim CA, you probably would have heard the musical mazes and screaming solos emanating from one of Kramer guitar's newest demonstrators and clinicians Richie Scharr. Kramer's attention was piqued by this Virginian 'wizard ' when he won three first place awards in three of the most brutal guitar proficiency contests in the east, which landed him an endorsement with the company.
 Richie's passion for the guitar has earned him a reputation for being one of the best shredders in town.Richie's influences include some of the best guitarists of his time including Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, George Lynch, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert and Dimebag Darrell, just to name a few. 

Richie's current projects include 'Beaten Back To Pure' and 'White Trash Circus'. 'Beaten Back To Pure' is an independently signed southern metal band he has been with for the past ten years, and is featured in the movie documentary, "Slow Southern Steel". 'White Trash Circus' is his most recent venture, where he demonstrates his ability to shred 80's metal/hair band cover songs, the music that influenced him to be the guitarist that he is today. 

(Photo by Matt Klingle- K Studios​)


'Jake, a Norfolk native, found his love for the bass guitar when he started taking lessons from Steve Archer at the age of 10 who instilled in him many lessons of music and life. Thanks to Steve, Jake played in his school of rock summer camp as a young 12 year old and eventually and per Steve's guidance, started a local band, Carbon Jam with other school of rock friends.

 Jake performed regularly throughout his middle school and high school years with Carbon Jam and developed a strong passion for gigging.

 He also attended the Governors school for the Arts throughout high school career where he was immersed in jazz and funk styles and took up the upright bass. This experienced allowed him to get in touch with many new styles and facets of the musical world.

It is amazing to him to be in a band with his teacher and mentor now, Cool!