ReverbNation Artist To Watch: Radka Kasparcova
Photo via Radka Kasparcova’s Website
The best part about music social media like ReverbNation is that it does not discriminate. No matter your skill-level, genre or age, you’re able to have a free piece of the internet to show people what you can do. Radka Kasparcova has created a nook on the Web to show us her knacks: a 16-year-old, blues-playing guitarist of seven years. It’s thanks to places like ReverbNation that I find talent such as hers, which far exceeds her years.
Her newest single, “Wasted Years,” just came out last Saturday, which expresses the aggravation and final realization of trying and trying to help someone, only to be met with a brick wall. The single features The single features Jessi Teich on vocals, Mikey Junior on harmonica and Dan Kauffman on bass/drums, Radka (Kasparcova) on guitar and some very smooth production I may even go on to say that I think she plays guitar wisely, sage-like, even. You can listen to the single on Kasparcova’s website and judge for yourself.
Kasparcova released a single in 2014 entitled “Highschool Blues.” To compare the two singles is a good way of pointing out her growth. If you ignore her age and gender, which are two traits uncommon to the average blues guitarist, then you’re left with an average blues guitarist; Kasparcova throws off the bell-curve, though. Any guitarist at her age (never mind her atypical choice of blues instead of something pop) with her her licks on the frets, is above average; although she’s probably being groomed for greatness, she comes off as humble.
Kasparcova has yet to release a full-length album by herself, but she was featured on Torri Melhart’s album Not A Fairytale. Her guitar work is really something to fall in love with, but this album sure makes me wish there were a full-length Kasparcova album out now. The experience and prowess she displays on the fingerboard is something to envy, even to someone without much instrumental talent (such as myself).
I live vicariously through musicians like her, and grew up around them. I know the traits, I know what to look for in talent, and Kasparcova has it. Her technique produces both pure notes as well as a palpable effortlessness. Like a book with successful imagery, Kasparcova has a way of playing which makes it easy to visualize her hands peeling out on a slide-riff.
You can keep tabs on her music through her website. She doesn’t have a Facebook page for her music yet, but there’s always the easy-to-use ReverbNation. I’m excited to see what road she takes, and hope she never loses the fire that so many greats before her have also had.