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In June 2019, Richard's new LP "Twelve" (VINYL & CD) hit the shelves. The record features most of the critically acclaimed bands Crack The Sky (Rick Witkowski, Bobby Hird, Joey D'Amico, Joe Macre, Glenn Workman & John Palumbo) & Richard Walton Group (Michael Bronson, Mike Gottleib, David Meer, Mitch Shaivitz & Eric Robertson). Co-produced by legendary Crack the Sky guitarist Rick Witkowski. Other significant creative contributions on "Twelve", are from friends & musicians Tom Alonso, Scott Smith, Ellis Woodward & Bob Margolis.

In December 2016, Richard was honored as one of the youngest musicians inducted into the Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame.

In early 2016, Richard signed a publishing deal with a major California-based music firm, representing his vocal & instrumental work. His songs are now featured in major network television shows.

 Richard Walton has been a Mid-Atlantic professional music performer since his teens. From spontaneous solo acoustic performances to multi-genre instrumental group concerts, he has earned the respect of his peers and the general public for his professionalism. Richard has been composing, performing and producing original music for over 25 years. He is best known for leading The Richard Walton Group, an all-original, award-winning, multi-genre, instrumental group, celebrating 25 years. He has released 12 critically acclaimed CD’s to date and received 41 songwriting awards from various international and regional songwriting contests. His current CD's are: 2019 "Twelve" (solo), 2017 remastered/expanded "Vessel" (solo),  2015's "Under The Current" (Richard Walton Group)  and 2013's "Cover Me" (solo).

In 2016, Richard Walton Group was nominated by Maryland Music Awards as Best Jazz Artist.

In 2016, Richard Walton Group's CD "Under The Current" received a WAMMIE nomination for Best Jazz Recording and placed 4th as Most Popular Mid-Atlantic Area Musician/Artist.

Richard’s music and recordings can be heard on various radio & satellite stations around the United States, including Pandora Radio. His music is found and sold on all the major digital sites, including I-Tunes, Amazon, CD Baby, etc...

Richard's songs have been licensed for major television networks, various CD compilations and tribute CD projects. He has over 150 of his compositions (co-writes or solo) published and has vast experience in successful, professional music business leadership and networking. 

Educated & trained as a classical violinist at an early age, Richard gravitated towards singing, bass & acoustic guitar. His advanced high school electronic music courses gave him the basic education for engineering & production. He works as an energetic solo performer in a variety of situations, including restaurants, corporate functions, coffee houses, schools, pubs, churches, concert halls, weddings, private parties, retirement communities, charity events and house concerts. Richard has also served for over 10 years on several worship teams at churches in the Howard County region, currently serving at Bethany Methodist Church in Ellicott City, MD & The Crossing in Milton/Lewes, DE.  He also is a freelance musician and performs regularly in duo/trio/band situations with other professional musicians.



Richard Walton Group: award-winning, multi-genre (world beat, jam, fusion) instrumental 

Solo Acoustic  acoustic (covers & originals)

Three's A Crowd: female / male acoustic pop/rock duo (covers & originals)

Rich And Infamous: acoustic pop/rock duo & band (covers & originals)

 

Musical influences (no order, all equally important): Pat Metheny, Jimmy Webb, NRBQ, Sergio Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Michael Franks, Stanley Clarke, Faces, Laura Nyro, Temptations, Jeff Beck, George Duke, Chicago, Badfinger, Djavan, Joni Mitchell, Hollies, Toto, Glen Campbell,  Peter Frampton, The Association, Smokey Robinson, Glenn Hughes, Jack Bruce, Dan Fogelberg, Crack The Sky, Free, The Who, Phil Keaggy, Beatles, Thin Lizzy, Billy Cobham, Poco, Todd Rundgren, Zombies, Tower Of Power, Big Star, CSN&Y, Tommy Bolin, Seals & Crofts, Asleep At The Wheel, Kings X, Jaco Pastorius, Deep Purple, Bread, Yes, Zeppelin, Todd Rundgren,Three Dog Night, Jellyfish, Cheap Trick, Steven Curtis Chapman, Fleetwood Mac, Doors, Bob Marley, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jessie Colin Young, Joe Walsh, Manhattan Transfer, Van Morrison, Raspberries, Loggins & Messina, Eric Johnson, America, Ambrosia, Genesis, Humble Pie, etc..


Records that changed my life or wore out the grooves to: "Court & Spark" - Joni Mitchell, "Spectrum" - Billy Cobham, "#1 Record"- Big Star, "Diamond Girl" - Seals & Crofts, "Pat Metheny Group" - Pat Metheny Group,  "School Days" - Stanley Clarke, "At Yankee Stadium" - NRBQ, "Sgt. Pepper" - Beatles, "Innervisions" - Stevie Wonder, "Through The Past Darkly" - Rolling Stones,  "Teaser" - Tommy Bolin, "Deja Vu" - CSN&Y, "Aretha's Gold" - Aretha Franklin, "Tommy" - The Who,  "Something/Anything" - Todd Rundgren, "Crazy Eyes" - Poco, "Tiger In The Rain" - Michael Franks, "The Garden Of Love Light" - Narada Michael Walden, "No Matter What" - Badfinger, "Home Free" - Dan Fogelberg, "What A Day" - Phil Keaggy,  "Rides Again" - James Gang, "Song For Juli" - Jesse Colin Young, "Talking Book" - Stevie Wonder, "Hey Jude" / "Revolution" - Beatles, "Tumbleweed Connection" - Elton John, "A Trick Of The Tail" - Genesis, "Humble Pie" - Humble Pie, "Wired" - Jeff Beck, "Crack The Sky" - Crack The Sky, "You Are The Music, We're Just The Band" - Trapeze, "The Yes Album" - Yes, "Montrose" - Montrose, "In Rock" - Deep Purple, "Bird Of Paradise" - Djavan, "Celebrate Me Home" - Kenny Loggins,  "Homecoming" - America, "Tapestry" - Carole King, "Motherlode" - Loggins & Messina, "Sergio Mendes Presents Brasil 66",  "A Nod Is As Good As A Wink" - The Faces, "On The Boulevard" - New Grass Revival, "Ozark Mt. Daredevils" - Ozark Mt. Daredevils

 

Thursday, October 29, 2020
Main Stage Grille,  Woodstock MD
(3-7 PM)  Richard, Solo Acoustic.  No music stands or setlists ever.   Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame.Supporting his new LP "Twelve". All of Richard's CD's & LP's will be available.

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Friday, October 30, 2020
The Winery at Bull Run,  Centreville VA
(4 - 8 PM) Richard, acoustic.  Supporting Richard's new 'Twelve' vinyl LP....available at all shows!   Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame. All of Richard’s CDs and vinyl will be available. 
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  TODAY! ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Old Westminster Winery,  Westminster MD
(1-4 PM) Richard, Solo acoustic.  Supporting Richard's new 'Twelve' vinyl LP....available at all shows!   Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame. All of Richard’s CDs and vinyl will be available. 
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  18+ FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Main Stage Grille,  Woodstock MD
(4-7 PM)  Richard, Solo Acoustic.  No music stands or setlists ever.  Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame. Supporting his new LP "Twelve". All of Richard's CD's & LP's will be available.

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Friday, November 13, 2020
The Greene Turtle,  Burtonsville MD
(5-8 PM) Richard, Solo acoustic.  Supporting Richard's new 'Twelve' vinyl LP....available at all shows!   Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame. All of Richard’s CDs and vinyl will be available. 
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Saturday, November 14, 2020
DeJon Vineyards,  Hydes MD
 (1-4)  THREE'S A CROWD (Vicki & Richard) Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame. Supporting Richard's new LP "Twelve"
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  NEW ALL AGES FREE ACOUSTIC
Friday, November 20, 2020
(7-10 PM) Corporate Event .  Richard, Solo acoustic.  Supporting Richard's new 'Twelve' vinyl LP....available at all shows!   Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame. All of Richard’s CDs and vinyl will be available. 
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  ALL AGES SOLO ACOUSTIC PRIVATE
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Bare Bones Grill and Brewery,  Ellicott City MD
(6:30- 10) We're Back!!    Pre Thanksgiving Day Bash. RICH & INFAMOUS BAND (Bryan Miller-guitar, lead vocals,harmonica ~ Matt Perich - lead guitar ~ Larry Ruckman- drums, vocals ~ Richard -  bass guitar, lead & harmony vocals, harmonica)  Covers & Originals.  All of Richard's CD's will be available, including his new LP "Twelve"
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  18+ FREE
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Main Stage Grille,  Woodstock MD
(4-7 PM)  Richard, Solo Acoustic.  No music stands or setlists ever.   Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame.Supporting his new LP "Twelve". All of Richard's CD's & LP's will be available.

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