Richard L. Matteson Jr. is a nationally recognized fingerstyle guitarist and author. He has written or been included in eleven books by Mel Bay publications in Pacific, Missouri. His ninth book for Mel Bay, "Right-Handed Arpeggio Forms For Acoustic Guitar," a classic guitar technique book, was published in 2002 and is still in print. His tenth book, Mel Bay's Bluegrass Picker's Tune Book (279 pages with 213 bluegrass songs with stories and info about the songs) was just published in May 2006. Seven of Matteson's books have been based on folk songs or early American gospel songs. He was the acting President of the Piedmont Classic Guitar Society from 1989 until 2005. Matteson was the Program Director in 2006-2007. During his tenure managing the society, the PCGS has hosted concerts by most of the great solo guitarists of our time. Matteson has organized concerts with Manuel Barrueco, the dedication concert for Celedonio Romero, and Christopher Parkening. He has written articles and been featured in workshops in such national publications as Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Soundboard Magazine, and Guitar Review Magazine. Matteson has recorded 4 CDs of fingerstyle arrangements for solo guitar for Mel Bay Publications. He also has solo guitar recordings of three ragtime (Scott Joplin) tunes. In 1996 Matteson performed his ragtime piece, Tar-Heel Rag at half-time of the UNC basketball game in Smith Center before 14,000 fans. A solo recording of the Tar-Heel Rag is also available. He has several other ensemble recordings available besides the 2 CDs with Bluegrass Messengers. A recording available of Matteson's original works for guitar and string quartet was done at Salem College at a concert in the Piedmont Classic Guitar Society Fall series. A recording of Matteson's 1992 performance of three pieces for guitar, harmonica, and cello at the Chet Atkins concert in Reynolds Auditorium is available.