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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.

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

 

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

 

Friday, March 22, 2019
O'Shucks,  Centreville MD
(7-10 PM) Richard, Solo Acoustic. A Maryland Music &  Entertainment Hall Of Fame Inductee. No set lists or music stands.....ever!   Interactive & requests welcome. All of Richard's 11 CD's and Richard's brand new "12" LP may be available as well.
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  ALL AGES 18+ FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Wegmans - Germantown,  Germantown MD
(12-3 PM) Richard (solo acoustic) Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee. No set lists or music stands. Interactive & requests welcome. All of Richard's 11 CD's available as well.
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  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Friday, March 29, 2019
Elks Lodge #469,  Towson MD
(8:30 - 11:30 PM) Singer Vicki Scarinzi & Richard (a Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee). No set lists or music stands. Interactive & requests welcome. All of Richard's 11 CD's available as well.
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  18+ FREE ACOUSTIC
Friday, April 5, 2019
1836 Kitchen & Taproom,  Lovettsville VA
(8-11 PM) Richard, Solo Acoustic. A Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee. No set lists or music stands. Interactive & requests welcome. All of Richard's 11 CD's available as well.


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  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Saturday, April 6, 2019
(2-6 PM) Richard (solo acoustic) Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee. No set lists or music stands. Interactive & requests welcome. All of Richard's 11 CD's available as well.
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  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Hard Yacht Cafe,  Dundalk MD
(2-6 PM) Richard (solo acoustic) Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee. No set lists or music stands. Interactive & requests welcome. All of Richard's 11 CD's available as well.
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  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Monday, April 8, 2019
(1-4 PM) Corporate Event ~ Richard (solo acoustic) Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee. No set lists or music stands. Interactive & requests welcome. All of Richard's 11 CD's available as well.
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  FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC PRIVATE
Saturday, April 13, 2019
(1-4 PM) Corporate Event ~ Richard (solo acoustic) Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee. No set lists or music stands. Interactive & requests welcome. All of Richard's 11 CD's available as well.
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  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC PRIVATE
Saturday, April 13, 2019
The County Cork Wine Pub,  Eldersburg MD
(8 - 11 PM) Richard, Solo Acoustic. A Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee. No set lists or music stands. Interactive & requests welcome. All of Richard's 11 CD's and new "12" LP available as well.
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  ALL AGES 18+ FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Friday, April 19, 2019
Black Ankle Vineyard,  Mount Airy MD
(6-8:30 PM) Richard (solo acoustic) Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee. No set lists or music stands. Interactive & requests welcome. All of Richard's 11 CD's available as well.
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  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC OUTDOOR
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Bar Louie,  White Marsh MD
(9 PM - midnight) RICH & MITCH (Richard, with special guest percussionist Mitchell Shaivitz). A Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee. No set lists or music stands. Interactive & requests welcome. All of Richard's 11 CD's and new "12" LP available as well.
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  18+ FREE ACOUSTIC
Saturday, April 27, 2019
DeJon Vineyards,  Hydes MD
(1-4) RICH & INFAMOUS  Bryan Miller w/ Richard (A Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame inductee).  No set lists or music stands. Interactive & requests welcome. All of Richard's 11 CD's and new "12" LP available as well.
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  ALL AGES FREE ACOUSTIC
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Bar Louie Owings Mills,  Owings Mills MD
(9 PM - midnight)  Richard, solo acoustic   A Maryland Music & Entertainment Hall Of Fame Inductee. Never a music stand or set list. 300+ songs, by memory. Award winning originals to cover songs from 1960's to today. All of Richard's 11 CD's will be available. 
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  ALL AGES FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC
Saturday, May 18, 2019
The Tidewater Grille,  Havre de Grace MD
(8-11 PM)  Richard, solo acoustic   A Maryland Music & Entertainment Hall Of Fame Inductee. Never a music stand or set list. 300+ songs, by memory. Award winning originals to cover songs from 1960's to today. All of Richard's 11 CD's will be available. 
View Event 381823
  18+ FREE SOLO ACOUSTIC