Radka's story

Radka Kasparcova is a guitar talent from Collegeville, PA who has already establish herself as a major blues artist. Despise to her young age, she was mentioned in Blues- E-News magazine as one of the Top 25 women in blues worldwide. Radka was invited to the stage by blues superstar Buddy Guy and his protégé Quinn Sullivan. Performing with them in front of 2,000 excited fans inspired her first original single “High School Blues”, released the same year. Radka fell in love with blues as she wrote her second single, “Wasted Years”, on which she collaborated with local talent, including Grammy-nominated harmonica player Mikey Junior and producer Glenn Barrett, and blues vocal master Jessi Teich. 

 In September 2016 Radka started her studies at DePaul University in Chicago as a Jazz Guitar Studies and Finance major. Since her move to Chicago to study Jazz Guitar and Finance at DePaul University, Radka has been extremely busy in the Chicago blues scene. She currently plays with Rick King’s Royal Hustle on a weekly basis. She had the honor of sitting in with musicians such as Joanna Connor, Mississippi Heat, Smiley Tillmon, Tom Holland, Marty Sammon, Mike Wheeler, and Linsey Alexander at venues such as House of Blues, Kingston Mines, Buddy Guy's Legends, and River Roast. Radka performed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis twice since her move.

 Radka is an experienced performer with over 400 performances at more than 150 different venues, nationally and internationally. Radka has also been an active participant in the local (Philadelphia) blues jam scene, performing at hot venues such as BB King Blues Club, The Red Lion, The Reef, The Bitter End, and many others along with invitations to numerous sit-ins with major local blues acts. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 Radka was a recipient of the scholarship from the Blues Foundation which led to her attendance to five blues guitar summer camps across the USA including Berklee Guitar Sessions, and she won several awards including Berwyn’s Picks and “Best Musician” at Methacton High School. 

Starting Out:

     After receiving her first electric guitar at the age of 10, she began to take lessons at “Music Training Center”. While she was there she participated in multiple All Stars Rock Band Camps, played in guitar and jazz ensembles, and performed on multiple occasions at the World Café Live as a part of their “Kids Rock for Kids” series. Radka was a member of her Methacton High School Jazz Band, and she took lessons with legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino as her appreciation of the guitar flourished.

     In 2012, Radka teamed up with her friend, Tori Melhart, a rising teen country artist, to record an album titled “Not A Fairytale”. The team traveled to Nashville, where they performed at several venues, including the famous Bluebird Café, and their song, “Just Have to Stay”, won the prestigious Philadelphia Songwriters Award in the youth category. She has been featured three times at That’s So Philly, an organization featuring young musical talent in the Philadelphia region.

Time Gap:

     Her first teenage blues band, Time Gap, created from young local blues artists in 2015, was a refreshing breath of fresh air with a collection of original and cover songs, which they performed regularly at the blues festivals and charity events such as Bethlehem Musikfest and Phoenixville Blues Festival, and major venues such as The Sellersville Theater and the Twisted Tail. The band represented Philadelphia at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2016. Just before their trip to Memphis, Time Gap released an EP titled “Flashback”, composed of all of their original, modern blues music. This CD was very well received by the critics and it is getting major airplay all around the world. In the spring 2016 Time Gap won overall Philadelphia Songwriters Award.

Equipment:

     Radka currently plays Gibson ES-335, Gibson Les Paul Studio, Fender American Standard Telecaster, and a cigar box guitar made by Thundaburke CBG. In acknowledgement of her musicianship, Daisy Rock Guitar Company endorsed Radka into their artist roster as well. She is mainly using her Fender Blues Junior III, and her favorite pedals are King of Tone by Analog Man and Dunlop Crybaby Wah.