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In June of 2021, Richard's album project Straight On Red ‘’Your Love'’ will be released. It's a 17 track CD, featuring the talents of group members Nashville's Drew Davidsen, Tecla Walton, Kevin Doxzen, plus a few special guests. Basically, a remastered & remixed CD EP from 2007, plus 11 new previously unreleased, fresh bonus tracks....finished and mixed during the Covid pandemic lockdowns.

 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

 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
38 Degrees- Bayside,  Selbyville DE
(5-8 PM) RICH MAMA. (Percussionist JOE MAMA & Richard).  Interactive  show, with all social distancing and health mandates in place....spontaneous and fun. We never use music stands or setlists ever.  Covers & Originals. 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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  ALL AGES FREE ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Castaways Campground,  Berlin MD
(1-5 PM) Richard, Solo Acoustic. Interactive show, with all social distancing and health mandates in place....spontaneous and fun. No music stands or setlists ever.  Covers & Originals. Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame. Supporting his new solo LP "Twelve" and STRAIGHT ON RED’s new CD ‘’Your Love’’. All of Richard's CD's & LP's will be available. 
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  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Friday, June 18, 2021
Paradise Grill,  Long Neck DE
(6-10 PM)  WEATHER DEPENDING!! (RAW BAR)  Richard, Solo Acoustic  No music stands or setlists ever....interactive show with all social distancing protocol in place.  Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame. Supporting his new solo LP "Twelve" and STRAIGHT ON RED’s new CD ‘’Your Love’’.  All of Richard's CD's & LP's will be available
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  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Saturday, June 19, 2021
(1-4 PM) Richard, Solo Acoustic. Corporate Event
View Event 400487
  FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC PRIVATE
Saturday, June 19, 2021
Kelsey's Pub,  Ellicott City MD
(6-9:30 PM) Richard, Solo Acoustic. Return performance, Kelsey's is the coolest place!   Interactive show, with all social distancing and health mandates in place....spontaneous and fun. No music stands or setlists ever.  Covers & Originals. Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame. Supporting his new LP "Twelve" and STRAIGHT ON RED’s new CD ‘’Your Love’’. All of Richard's CD's & LP's will be available. 
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  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Friday, June 25, 2021
Black Ankle Vineyard,  Mount Airy MD
(6-8:30 PM) Richard, Solo Acoustic. Interactive show, with all social distancing and health mandates in place....spontaneous and fun. No music stands or setlists ever.  Covers & Originals. Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame. Supporting his new solo LP "Twelve" and STRAIGHT ON RED’s new CD ‘’Your Love’’. All of Richard's CD's & LP's will be available. 
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  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Neptunes Seafood Pub,  North Beach MD
(9PM - midnite)  Richard, Solo Acoustic. Interactive show, with all social distancing and health mandates in place....spontaneous and fun. No music stands or setlists ever.  Covers & Originals. Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame. Supporting his new solo LP "Twelve"  and STRAIGHT ON RED’s new CD ‘’Your Love’’. All of Richard's CD's & LP's will be available. 

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  18+ FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Monday, June 28, 2021
(1-4 PM) Richard, Solo Acoustic. Corporate Event
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  FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC PRIVATE
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Paradise Grill,  Long Neck DE
(6-10 PM) At Raw Bar.....Richard, Solo Acoustic. Interactive show, with all social distancing and health mandates in place....spontaneous and fun. No music stands or setlists ever.  Covers & Originals. Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame. Supporting his new solo LP "Twelve" and STRAIGHT ON RED’s new CD ‘’Your Love’’.  All of Richard's CD's & LP's will be available. 
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  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Frogg Pond,  Rehoboth Beach DE
(9 - 11:59 PM)  AWESOME NEW LOCATION: 19266 Coastal Highway
The Shops at Sea Coast, Unit #1  Richard, Solo Acoustic.  No music stands or setlists ever.....interactive show with all social distancing protocol in place.  Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame. Supporting his new solo LP "Twelve" and STRAIGHT ON RED’s new CD ‘’Your Love’’. All of Richard's CD's & LP's will be available. 
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  18+ FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Friday, July 2, 2021
Paradise Grill,  Long Neck DE
(6-10 PM) At Raw Bar.....Richard, Solo Acoustic. Interactive show, with all social distancing and health mandates in place....spontaneous and fun. No music stands or setlists ever.  Covers & Originals. Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame. Supporting his new solo LP "Twelve"  and STRAIGHT ON RED’s new CD ‘’Your Love’’. All of Richard's CD's & LP's will be available. 
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  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Saturday, July 3, 2021
(1-4 PM) Richard, Solo Acoustic. Corporate Event
View Event 400489
  FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC PRIVATE
Friday, July 9, 2021
Paradise Grill,  Long Neck DE
(6-10 PM) At Raw Bar.....Richard, Solo Acoustic. Interactive show, with all social distancing and health mandates in place....spontaneous and fun. No music stands or setlists ever.  Covers & Originals. Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame. Supporting his new solo LP "Twelve" and STRAIGHT ON RED’s new CD ‘’Your Love’’. All of Richard's CD's & LP's will be available. 
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  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Saturday, July 10, 2021
The Winery at Bull Run,  Centreville VA
(3 - 6:30 PM) Richard, Solo Acoustic.  No music stands or setlists ever.....interactive show with all social distancing protocol in place.  Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame. Supporting his new LP "Twelve" and STRAIGHT ON RED’s new CD ‘’Your Love’’. All of Richard's CD's & LP's will be available. 
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  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Friday, July 16, 2021
Kelsey's Pub,  Ellicott City MD
(6-9:30 PM) Richard, Solo Acoustic. Return performance, Kelsey's is the coolest place!   Interactive show, with all social distancing and health mandates in place....spontaneous and fun. No music stands or setlists ever.  Covers & Originals. Richard is one of the youngest inductees into the Maryland Music Entertainment Hall Of Fame. Supporting his new LP "Twelve" and STRAIGHT ON RED’s new CD ‘’Your Love’’. All of Richard's CD's & LP's will be available. 
View Event 400888
  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
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