"Talented steel-string guitarist steeped in the classical tradition, though he’s known to rock out on occasion. His EP Hands On features his fine stylings which reveal influences from Michael Hedges and Leo Kottke to Pete Townshend and Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre."
– Ian D’Giff (Long Island Voice)
Rich Stein’s music is a reflection of his deep love and commitment to the guitar. His effortless yet virtuostic performances create warm and relaxing tones for sheer listening pleasure.
– Steve Vai (major label recording artist)
"Stein…writes his own music and communicates phrases and themes like Pablo Casals communicates Bach."
– James Yarsky (Long Island Voice)
"Rich Stein is an imaginative talent whose music is as melodically moving as it is technically precise. A great player…who really knows how to twist a penguin."
– Jim Dexter (WUSB 90.1 FM)