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In 2019, Richard's new LP "Twelve" will be hitting the shelves. The record features most of the critically acclaimed bands Crack The Sky & Richard Walton Group. Co-produced by legendary Crack the Sky guitarist Rick Witkowski. 

In December 2016, Richard was honored and 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 11 critically acclaimed CD’s to date and received 41 songwriting awards from various international and regional songwriting contests. His current CD's are: 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.  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

 

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, 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, "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

 

Saturday, May 25, 2019
Brew Republic Bierworks,  Woodbridge VA
(11 AM -2 PM)  Richard opens the 'all day' Woodbridge Beer Festival
View Event 385167
  TODAY! NEW 18+ MULTI-BAND ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR FESTIVAL ANNUAL
Sunday, May 26, 2019
The Lobster Shanty,  Selbyville DE
(6-9 PM) Host & Drummer Joe Mama & Richard ( A Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee) return!!!  . No set lists or music stands ever. Interactive & requests welcome. All of Richard's 11 CD's available as well.    
View Event 385166
  NEW ALL AGES FREE ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR ANNUAL
Thursday, May 30, 2019
1757 Golf Club,  Dulles VA
(4:30 - 8:30 PM) Richard, solo acoustic. A Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee). No set lists or music stands ever. Interactive & requests welcome. All of Richard's 11 CD's available as well.
View Event 383475
  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Friday, May 31, 2019
Elks Lodge #469,  Towson MD
(8:30 PM - midnight) THREE'S A CROWD  (singer Vicki Scarinzi & Richard, a Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee). No set lists or music stands ever. Interactive & requests welcome. All of Richard's 11 CD's available as well.
View Event 383476
  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC PRIVATE
Saturday, June 1, 2019
(2- 4 PM)  Richard, Solo Acoustic ~ Corporate Event
View Event 385194
  NEW FREE ACOUSTIC PRIVATE OUTDOOR
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Bare Bones Grill and Brewery,  Ellicott City MD
(9-1) RICH & INFAMOUS BAND (Bryan Miller, Matt Perich, Larry Rucman & Richard)  Covers & Originals (Blues, Roc & Roll, Boogie, Country)
View Event 385197
  NEW FREE
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Michael's Cafe,  Timonium MD
(2-6 PM) Outdoor patio. WEATHER DEPENDING!  Richard, solo acoustic. A Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee). No set lists or music stands ever. Interactive & requests welcome. Supporting his brand new 2019 vinyl LP "12" (available at shows) . All of Richard's other 11 CD's available as well.
View Event 385202
  NEW ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Monday, June 3, 2019
(2- 4 PM)  Richard, Solo Acoustic ~ Corporate Event
View Event 385195
  NEW FREE ACOUSTIC PRIVATE OUTDOOR
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Hard Yacht Cafe,  Dundalk MD
(6-10 PM) Richard, solo acoustic. A Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee). No set lists or music stands ever. Interactive & requests welcome. Supporting his brand new 2019 vinyl LP "12" (available at shows) . All of Richard's other 11 CD's available as well.
View Event 385198
  NEW ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Saturday, June 15, 2019
(5-9 PM) Richard, solo acoustic. A Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee). No set lists or music stands ever. Interactive & requests welcome. Supporting his brand new 2019 vinyl LP "12" (available at shows) . All of Richard's other 11 CD's available as well.
View Event 385199
  NEW ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
(5-9 PM) Richard, solo acoustic. A Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee). No set lists or music stands ever. Interactive & requests welcome. Supporting his brand new 2019 vinyl LP "12" (available at shows) . All of Richard's other 11 CD's available as well.
View Event 385200
  NEW ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Friday, June 21, 2019
(Noon - 2)  Richard, solo acoustic ~ Corporate
View Event 385201
  NEW ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC PRIVATE OUTDOOR
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Oscar's Ale House,  Eldersburg MD
(7-10 PM) RICH & INFAMOUS (Bryan Miller & Richard - Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee). Mostly covers from Bryan & originals by Richard. Supporting Richard's brand new 2019 vinyl LP "12" (available at all shows) . All of Richard's other 11 CD's available as well.
View Event 385204
  NEW ALL AGES FREE ACOUSTIC
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Michael's Cafe - Middle River,  White Marsh MD
(2-6 PM) Richard, solo acoustic. A Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee). No set lists or music stands ever. Interactive & requests welcome. Supporting his brand new 2019 vinyl LP "12" (available at shows) . All of Richard's other 11 CD's available as well.
View Event 385203
  NEW ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
DeJon Vineyards,  Hydes MD
(5:30-8:30PM) RICH & INFAMOUS (Bryan Miller & Richard - a Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee). Cover songs by Bryan, originals by Richard who is supporting his brand new 2019 vinyl LP "12" (available at shows) . All of Richard's other 11 CD's available as well.
View Event 385205
  NEW ALL AGES FREE ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
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