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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 

 

Friday, June 30, 2017
Southgate Grill,  Berlin MD
(9 PM - 12 AM)  Returning to Southgate Grill!  Eastern Shore'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)..  
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ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Friday, July 7, 2017
Vienna Town Green,  Vienna VA
(6:30 - 8 PM)  Very blessed to be returning to Vienna Town Green!!!  Multi-genre, Award-Winning RICHARD WALTON GROUP (Michael Bronson, Eric Robertson, Mike Gottleib, David Meer, Dave Krug & Richard)  Bring your blanket, lawn chair & picnic. Richard and Richard Walton Group CD's will be available, including Richard's 2017 newly remastered "Vessel" CD; expanded edition (with bonus tracks)..  
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ALL AGES FREE OUTDOOR ANNUAL
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Turf Valley Country Club,  Ellicott City MD
(6-9 PM)  Returning to Howard County'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)..   


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ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Fairway Lounge at Alexandra's,  Ellicott City MD
(6-9 PM)  Returning to Howard County'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)..
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ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Friday, July 14, 2017
High Stakes Bar & Grill,  Fenwick Island DE
(9 - Midnight)  Returning to High Stakes!!  Yeah!!!  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). 
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ALL AGES FREE ACOUSTIC
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Oscar's Ale House,  Eldersburg MD
(8-11 PM)  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).
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18+ FREE ACOUSTIC
Friday, July 21, 2017
Johnny's Pizza & Pub,  Ocean City MD
(9 PM - 1 AM)  Debut at Johnny's Pizza ...the best!!!   THREE'S A CROWD (Vocalist Vicki Scarinzi & Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee 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). 
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ALL AGES FREE ACOUSTIC DEBUT SHOW
Friday, July 28, 2017
River Hill Town Center,  Columbia MD
(6 - 8 PM)  Very blessed to be returning to River Hill.....Multi-genre, Award-Winning RICHARD WALTON GROUP (Michael Bronson, Eric Robertson, Mike Gottleib, David Meer, Dave Krug & Richard). Richard and Richard Walton Group CD's will be available, including Richard's 2017 newly remastered "Vessel" CD; expanded edition (with bonus tracks)..  
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ALL AGES FREE OUTDOOR ANNUAL
Friday, August 4, 2017
Johnny's Pizza & Pub,  Ocean City MD
(9 PM - 1 AM)  Johnny's Pizza ...the best!!!   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). 
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ALL AGES FREE ACOUSTIC
Sunday, August 13, 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). 
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ALL AGES FREE ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Thursday, August 17, 2017
(6 - 8 PM)  Very blessed to be returning to Dorsey Search, where CBS Television filmed us for a 60 Minutes segment.  Multi-genre, Award-Winning RICHARD WALTON GROUP (Michael Bronson, Eric Robertson, Mike Gottleib, David Meer, Dave Krug, Mitchell Shaivitz & Richard)  Richard and Richard Walton Group CD's will be available, including Richard's 2017 newly remastered "Vessel" CD; expanded edition (with bonus tracks)..  
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ALL AGES FREE OUTDOOR ANNUAL
Friday, August 25, 2017
Big Cork Vineyards,  Rohrersville MD
(6 - 9 PM)  Very blessed to debut at Big Cork, not far from Frederick!   Multi-genre, Award-Winning RICHARD WALTON GROUP (Michael Bronson, Eric Robertson, Mike Gottleib, David Meer, Dave Krug & Richard)  Bring your blanket, lawn chair & picnic. Richard and Richard Walton Group CD's will be available, including Richard's 2017 newly remastered "Vessel" CD; expanded edition (with bonus tracks)..  
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18+ FREE OUTDOOR DEBUT SHOW
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Old Westminster Winery,  Westminster MD
(1-4 PM)  Returning to Old Westminster!  Carroll County's 'best kept secret' for wine & 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)..  
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18+ FREE ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Oscar's Ale House,  Eldersburg MD
(8-11 PM)  Return performance!  RICH & INFAMOUS (Bryan Miller & 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).
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18+ FREE ACOUSTIC
Friday, September 29, 2017
Black Ankle Vineyard,  Mount Airy MD
(6- 8:30 PM)  Richard returns Solo Acoustic at the wonderful Black Ankle. 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!
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18+ FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
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