Welcome to my webstore.  Please look at the links to see which items can be purchased directly through the store’s shopping cart and those that require outside vendors (such as iTunes or Amazon).  Currently the In-Tuition CD Sampler, Hootenanny!, the Tablature Subscription, and all 4 years of Richter Camp T-Shirts are available for purchase through this store.  That shouldn’t should stop you from buying the other items, however!

Quick Links to Store Items:  

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Richter Mandolin: Postmodern Blues, Rock & Alt-Folk Mandolin iBook (new edition)

Richter Mandolin 3rd Edition








In Richter Mandolin: Postmodern Blues, Rock & Alt-Folk Mandolin, mandolinist Jim Richter shares insights and techniques that punctuate his style of blues, rock, and folk mandolin.  Key to this edition are three chapters that address stylistic development, motivation, and self-conceptualization as a mandolinist.  Almost 50 pages of tablature and 10 pages of diagrams in this 140 page volume cover concepts such as soloing, pentatonic scales, back-up, double-stops, and arpeggios.  This book would not be considered a method book; rather, it could be considered a tip book for rock and blues styling. This 3rd Edition of Richter Mandolin represents an extreme rewrite of Edition 2.  The 3rd Edition is almost twice the length, has improved readability, more tabs, more lessons, color photographs, three chapters on musical motivation and stylistic development, an enlarged glossary, and increased interactivity.  Unlike Edition 2, this edition is not a free upgrade to previous owners. More information: Buy at iTunes:

Richter Mandolin: Blues, Thoughts and Junk iPad ebook (prior edition PDF)

Richter Book








In Richter Mandolin: Blues, Thoughts, & Junk blues and rock mandolinist Jim Richter shares some of his insights and techniques that punctuate his style of blues and rock mandolin.  Almost 30 pages of tablature cover concepts such as pentatonic scales, blues back up, double-stops, and arpeggios.  This book would not be considered a method book; rather, it could be considered a tip book for rock and blues styling.

What’s New in Version 2?

This Second Edition has expanded the original book by over 20 pages that include new exercises, tabs, rewritten chapters, a linked glossary, sound samples of exercises, and video demonstrations. Tablature/sheet music are now full screen viewable by simply tapping on the score. This is a free update for original purchasers of the First Edition! A new preview for version 2.0 has been posted to demonstrate the updates. Notes: This edition is now over 300MB in size. Please download via a WiFi connection. Also, iBooks 2 and iPad 2 or newer advised for successful viewing.

iPad edition (strongly recommend as a complete experience w/ interactive media): Available on iTunes

Also available for immediate download as a PDF (without the associated media of the iPad edition)

Price is $5 (immediate digital download-14MB)


Tablature posted to this website is available through a $5 per year subscription.  This $5 contribute helps pay for the bandwidth of this website, as it receives 50,000 visitors yearly.  More information is available at the Tablature Registration Page.


In-Tuition Series:  “Blues” & “Mandopoly”

In-Tuition: Mandopoly album cover In-Tuition: Blues album cover








Learn more about these albums at their dedicated page

Buy “Blues”:  Buy at Amazon    Buy at iTunes

Buy “Mandopoly”:  Buy at Amazon    Buy at iTunes


In-Tuition Series: Sampler

In-Tuition Sampler CD








Learn more about this CD only release at this dedicated pagePrice is $11 plus $2 shipping in the US

The Forecasters:  too damn cold






Released in 1998, “too damn cold” proved to be a well-received album for The Forecasters (JJ Perry, Will “The Weatherman” Scott, and Jim Richter), garnering good reviews in blues magazines such as Blues Access and Blues Revue. Built around Will Scott’s gnarly west-side Chicago influenced songwriting and guitar playing, the album remains a testament to those who love dirty urban backstreet blues.

Format: CD audio

Available for purchase at CDBaby or through iTunes!

Songs on the CD include:

  • Cold Comfort
  • I Believe to My Soul
  • Sweet Mama
  • Keep On Lovin’ You
  • Juarez Blues
  • What I Ain’t Got
  • Country Girl
  • Oh Ee Ohna
  • Cold In Chicago
  • The Weatherman
  • Murdered My Baby

The Road Home:  A Tribute to Butch Baldassari.









All proceeds to create a college fund for Butch’s son, Blake

20 tracks contributed by those who loved Butch, including Tim O’Brien, John Carlini, Ricky Skaggs, Will Kimble and Jim Richter, Mike Compton, Roland White, Chris Jones,  Ron Block, John Reischman, Scott Tichenor, David Grisman, and other

Available for purchase through Sound Art Recordings (

Yank Rachell Tribute CD









Spearheaded by mandolinist Mike Butler, this tribute CD brought together many notable mandolinists and blues musicians to celebrate the music of Yank Rachell, as well as to raise needed funds for Yank’s family (especially his granddaughter and former bassist, Sheena, who is ill).

Included on the CD are myself and Gordon Bonham (doing the Sleepy John Estes tune “Brownsville Blues”), Tim O’Brien, David Grisman, John Sebastian, Bert Deivert, Rich Delgrosso, Mike Seeger, Peter Rowan, and others.

The CD can be purchased at


Hootenanny!! A Blues and Old-Time Country Pickin’ Party: Bonham & Richter









Originally released on DVD and now out-of-print, Hootenanny! is again available–this time as a digital download.

Filmed live at the Crazy Horse Pub in November, 2003, blues master Gordon Bonham and mandolinist Jim Richter explore the rich overlapping of Blues and Old-Time Country music and show how one is not too far removed from the other. 70 minute concert video plus DVD extras such as photos, bios and extra footage.


Worried Blues

Sitting on Top of the World

Low Down And Blue

Highway 65

Looks Like Trouble

How Long Blues

Walkin’ Blues

Take Me Back Blues

Lonesome Indian

Broke and Hungry

My Baby Left Me

Aberdeen, Mississippi Blues

CC Rider Blues

Old Joe Clark

Texas Gales

Label: Richter Digital Arts Production

Released: November, 2004

Price is $10 (immediate digital download-600MB)


2020 Richter Camp Ball Cap

The 7th Annual Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us featuring Don Julin ball cap is embroidered featuring a design by Jim Richter on a ball cap made out of finest cotton material. Only available in black.  One size fits most.











All T-Shirts are high quality black Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirts with professional printing by CustomInk.  All are crew “men’s” shirts (no V-necks).  All Designs by Ron Bird at Designworks.  Each shirt is $20 with shipping included in the continental USA.

2011 Richter Camp T-Shirt (1st Year)

2011 T-Shirt








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2012 Richter Camp T-Shirt (2nd Year)

2012 Camp T-Shirt








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2013 Richter Mandolin Camp T-Shirt (3rd Year)

2013 Richter Camp T-Shirt








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2014 Richter Mandolin Camp T-Shirt (4th Year)

2014 Richter Camp T-Shirt








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