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December 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Chad Richard (pronounced REE-shard) is a native of the Sabine River bottom, where the river merges Louisiana with Texas’ soil as it winds along. Steeped in the mingling influences of the region, Richard’s songwriting and musical sensibilities fuse Cajun, Texas swing, country and blues styles into an effortlessly born offspring of each side of the river.
Growing up in Louisiana, Richard watched and was up onstage in his father’s popular regional Merle Haggard to Ray Charles influenced cover band starting from the tender age of 7. By 12, he was a budding drummer and went on to form teenage bands of his own, later moving to Texas where he learned left-handed guitar and began penning songs.
Richard writes songs from the heart. Like so many of us, he has loved, laughed, experienced fatherhood, suffered break-up, sorrow, and divorce, and loved again. The experiences of trying to do all the right things as single Dad shaped his songwriting in unique ways, as much as the musical influences surrounding him did. Holding it all together by day, working in a chemical plant, he’d still play solo gigs at night. When Walt Wilkins happened upon Richard at one of these gigs in 2012, Wilkins invited Richard to sit in Wilkins’ band, at about the same time Todd Purifoy (producer and photographer for the Texas Music Scene) approached him about making a record. Forces aligned, connections solidified and before long Walt was producing Richard’s successful debut album: Veteran’s Grocery (2015).
Come join us for an early dinner as the Chad entertains us with his great tunes!
See more at Chad’s Website!