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

Richard signed a publishing deal with a major California-based music firm, representing his vocal & instrumental work.

 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; sometimes a band

 

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

 

Sunday, May 27, 2018
The Lobster Shanty,  Selbyville DE
(6-9 PM)  Return Performance!  JO MAMA w/ special guests RICH & FAMOUS.  (Richard, Frank & Joe Wirt)  We never use a set list or music stand; complete crowd interaction. Great venue & staff!!!   Richard & Frank are Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductees, 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 SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Thursday, May 31, 2018
The Manor Tavern,  Monkton MD
(6-10 PM) Debut performance! Solo Acoustic~ Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee, Maryland Music Award & WAMMIE nominee. He 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 SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Friday, June 1, 2018
Black Ankle Vineyard,  Mount Airy MD
(6-8:30) Solo Acoustic ~ Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee, Maryland Music Award & WAMMIE nominee. He 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 370379
  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Saturday, June 2, 2018
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). 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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  NEW ALL AGES FREE ACOUSTIC
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Michael's Cafe,  Timonium MD
(2-6 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 lists 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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  ALL AGES FREE ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Bare Bones Grill and Brewery,  Ellicott City MD
(7-10 PM)  Solo Acoustic ~ Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee, Maryland Music Award & WAMMIE nominee. He 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 370381
  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Saturday, June 16, 2018
(1-5 PM) Richard, solo acoustic. Private Corporate Function
View Event 371175
  NEW FREE ACOUSTIC PRIVATE
Friday, June 29, 2018
The Greene Turtle,  Burtonsville MD
(4-8 PM)  Return performance! SOLO ACOUSTIC Richard Walton, Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee, Maryland Music Award & WAMMIE nominee. He never use a set lists 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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  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Saturday, June 30, 2018
(5-9 PM)  Return performance, corporate function! RICH & INFAMOUS GROUP (Bryan Miller, Joe Allen &  Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee, Maryland Music Award & WAMMIE nominee Richard Walton). They never use a set lists 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 370900
  ALL AGES FREE PRIVATE OUTDOOR
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Jungle Bar and Restaurant,  Ocean City MD
(4-7 PM)  Debut performance!  RICH & FAMOUS (Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductees Frank Frazier & Maryland Music Award & WAMMIE nominee Richard Walton). They never use a set lists 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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  ALL AGES FREE ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Friday, July 6, 2018
Elks Lodge #469,  Towson MD
(8-11:30 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 lists 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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Sunday, July 8, 2018
Hard Yacht Cafe,  Dundalk MD
(5-9 PM)  Return performance!  SOLO ACOUSTIC  Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee, Maryland Music Award & WAMMIE nominee. They never use a set lists 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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Saturday, July 21, 2018
Abbot's Grill,  Milford DE
(6-9 PM)  Debut 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 lists 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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  ALL AGES FREE ACOUSTIC
Friday, August 3, 2018
Jungle Bar and Restaurant,  Ocean City MD
(4-7 PM)  Debut performance!  RICH & FAMOUS (Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductees Frank Frazier & Maryland Music Award & WAMMIE nominee Richard Walton). They never use a set lists 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 370902
  ALL AGES FREE ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Bethany Boathouse,  Bethany Beach DE
(5-9 PM)  Return performance!  RICH & FAMOUS (Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductees Frank Frazier & Maryland Music Award & WAMMIE nominee Richard Walton). They never use a set lists 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 370903
  ALL AGES FREE ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
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