Richard Walton

  • Home
  • About
  • Photos
  • Video
  • Gear
  • Past Shows

Home


In December 2016, Richard was honored and inducted into the Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame.

 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

Rich & Famous: acoustic rock duo                                                                                                  

Rich & Infamous: acoustic 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, 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, "Appalachian Spring": Bernstein Conducts Copeland, "Pat Metheny Group" - Pat Metheny Group,  "Sgt. Pepper" - Beatles, "Through The Past Darkly" - Rolling Stones, "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,  "Song For Juli" - Jesse Colin Young, "Talking Book" - Stevie Wonder, "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, "Teaser" - Tommy Bolin, "In Rock" - Deep Purple, "Bird Of Paradise" - Djavan, "Celebrate Me Home" - Kenny Loggins,  "Homecoming" - America, "Tapestry" - Carole King 

 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Fairway Lounge at Alexandra's,  Ellicott City MD
(6-9 PM)  Returning to Alexandra's Restaurant @ Turf Valley: Maryland's 'best kept secret' for food, prices & atmosphere.  Maryland Entertainment/Music Hall Of Fame inductee Richard Walton performs totally interactive with the crowd and requests; knowing hundreds of popular songs (without a music stand or setlist) and award-winning original songs. Richard's 11 CD's will be available, including the 2017 newly remastered "Vessel" CD; expanded edition (with bonus tracks).. 
View Event 356822
ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Turf Valley Country Club,  Ellicott City MD
(6-9 PM)  Returning to Alexandra's Restaurant @ Turf Valley: Maryland's 'best kept secret' for food, prices & atmosphere. Maryland Entertainment/Music Hall Of Fame inductee Richard Walton performs totally interactive with the crowd and requests; knowing hundreds of popular songs (without a music stand or setlist) and award-winning original songs. Richard's 11 CD's will be available, including the 2017 newly remastered "Vessel" CD; expanded edition (with bonus tracks).
View Event 356826
ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Friday, May 5, 2017
Serpent Ridge Winery,  Westminster MD
(6:30 - 9 PM)  Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee, Maryland Music Award & WAMMIE nominee Richard Walton. Richard never uses a set list or music stand; complete crowd interaction. Great venue & staff!!!  All of Richard's 11 CD's / download cards will be available for purchase, including the 2017 newly remastered "Vessel" CD; expanded edition (with bonus tracks).
View Event 354040
18+ SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Glen Rock Mill Inn,  Glen Rock PA
(8-11 PM)  Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee, Maryland Music Award & WAMMIE nominee Richard Walton. Richard never uses a set list or music stand; complete crowd interaction. Great venue & staff!!!  All of Richard's 11 CD's / download cards will be available for purchase, including the 2017 newly remastered "Vessel" CD; expanded edition (with bonus tracks).
View Event 354039
ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Friday, May 12, 2017
Southgate Grill,  Berlin MD
(9 PM - midnight)  Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee, Maryland Music Award & WAMMIE nominee Richard Walton. Richard never uses a set list or music stand; complete crowd interaction. Great venue & staff!!!  All of Richard's 11 CD's / download cards will be available for purchase, including the 2017 newly remastered "Vessel" CD; expanded edition (with bonus tracks).
View Event 354038
18+ SOLO ACOUSTIC
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Maggie's,  Westminster MD
(9:30 PM - midnight)  Return performance!  THREE'S A CROWD (Singer Vicki Scarinzi & Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee, Maryland Music Award & WAMMIE nominee Richard Walton) They never use a set list or music stand; complete crowd interaction. Great venue & staff!!!   All of Richard's 11 CD's / download cards will be available for purchase, including the 2017 newly remastered "Vessel" CD; expanded edition (with bonus tracks). 
View Event 355134
18+ FREE ACOUSTIC
Friday, May 19, 2017
Serra Brothers Sports Pub,  Eldersburg MD
(8 PM - midnight)  Return performance!  THREE'S A CROWD (Singer Vicki Scarinzi & Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee, Maryland Music Award & WAMMIE nominee Richard Walton) They never use a set list or music stand; complete crowd interaction. Great venue & staff!!!   All of Richard's 11 CD's / download cards will be available for purchase, including the 2017 newly remastered "Vessel" CD; expanded edition (with bonus tracks).
View Event 355791
18+ FREE ACOUSTIC
Saturday, May 20, 2017
(Noon-3)   Richard Solo Acoustic ~ Corporate Function,  Private
View Event 356601
FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC PRIVATE
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Bethany Boathouse,  Bethany Beach DE
(6-10)  RICH & FAMOUS (Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductees: Frank Frazier & Richard Walton). Bassist/vocalist and founding Appaloosa musician Frank Frazier & Maryland Music Award & WAMMIE nominee guitarist/vocalist Richard Walton. Great venue & staff!!!  All of Richard's 11 CD's / download cards will be available for purchase, including the 2017 newly remastered "Vessel" CD; expanded edition (with bonus tracks). 
View Event 356604
ALL AGES FREE ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Friday, May 26, 2017
(5-8)   Richard Solo Acoustic ~ Corporate Function,  Private
View Event 356602
FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC PRIVATE
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Brian Boru Restaurant and Pub,  Severna Park MD
(8:30-midnight)  Richard returns Solo Acoustic at the wonderful Brian Boru in Severna Park. Richard (recent Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee) performs totally 'off the cuff' with no music stands or set lists. Songs will include cover material and loads of original, award-winning published compositions. All of Richard's 11 CD's / download cards will be available for purchase, including the 2017 newly remastered "Vessel" CD; expanded edition (with bonus tracks). Great food, staff & ambience!
View Event 355976
18+ FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Sunday, May 28, 2017
The Lobster Shanty,  Selbyville DE
(6 - 10 PM )  Joe Mama, Rich & Famous  (Joseph Wirt (drums/vocals) , Frank Frazier (bass/vocals)  &  Richard Walton acoustic/harmonica/vocals)      Delaware's Joe Mama & 2 Maryland Hall Of Fame Inductees .....gonna be a blast. We did this once last year at another venue, gonna rock it again this time at The Lobster Shanty!  
View Event 356596
18+ FREE DEBUT SHOW
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Fairway Lounge at Alexandra's,  Ellicott City MD
(6-9 PM)  Returning to Alexandra's Restaurant @ Turf Valley: Maryland's best kept secret for food & atmosphere'.  Maryland Entertainment/Music Hall Of Fame inductee Richard Walton performs totally interactive with the crowd and requests; knowing hundreds of popular songs (without a music stand or setlist) and award-winning original songs. Richard's 11 CD's will be available, including the 2017 newly remastered "Vessel" CD; expanded edition (with bonus tracks).. 
View Event 356823
ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Turf Valley Country Club,  Ellicott City MD
(6-9 PM)  Returning to Alexandra's Restaurant @ Turf Valley: Maryland's 'best kept secret' for food, prices & atmosphere. Maryland Entertainment/Music Hall Of Fame inductee Richard Walton performs totally interactive with the crowd and requests; knowing hundreds of popular songs (without a music stand or setlist) and award-winning original songs. Richard's 11 CD's will be available, including the 2017 newly remastered "Vessel" CD; expanded edition (with bonus tracks)..  
View Event 356827
ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Bare Bones Grill and Brewery,  Ellicott City MD
(7-10 PM )  Solo Acoustic ~ Returning to the best ribs in Howard County!  Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame Inductee, Maryland Music Award & WAMMIE nominee Richard Walton) Totally crowd interactive/fun....no set lists or dreadful music stands!  Richard's 11 CD's will be available.
View Event 357163
ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC