Rick Shubb has always been fascinated with bluegrass music and its instruments. He has recorded and performed often playing his five-string banjo. He grew up in the Berkeley area and met many performers including the members of the Warlocks that would later become the Grateful Dead. Rick designed many of the band’s concert posters, as well as work for other performers in the area. Later he designed a banjo capo and then a guitar capo, which launched the Shubb Capo business in the early 1980s.