Robert Richter

Robert Richter

Portland, Oregon, USA

As a solo, duo or with his band delivers a powerful performance with exceptional playing and an energetic "fun" style connecting with a wide range of audiences. Often described as "Outlaw Folk."
Versatile with the ability to perform many different styles and genres.



Singer songwriter guitarist Robert Richter is an energetic performer creating music that blends different genres from folk to blues to rock all played with passion and energy entertaining audiences around the Pacific Northwest and beyond. His descriptive songwriting and storytelling covers a number of topics dealing with everyday life. Major influences include Dylan, Merle Haggard and Steve Goodman.

Portlander Richter began teaching himself guitar at the age of 12 when he purchased a Sears "Silvertone" guitar from a neighbor for $5 and the promise to mow his lawn for a month. (He still has the guitar) Over the years Richter has become known as a versatile singer/songwriter and guitarist.

Richters credits include a recent television appearance on the German produced documentary television series called Mare. He has also performed live on KGWs Live at 7 and appeared on Tom May's nationally syndicated radio program "River City Folk," carried on more than 250 NPR affiliates nationwide. In addition, his music was played on the "Bob Dylan Radio Hour" heard on the Sirius Satellite Network and on KUSF-FM in San Francisco.

"Robert Richter is a charismatic entertainer that gives his all every time he performs and is a stellar musician. Morry Feldman, WQED-FM Pittsburgh, PA.

Solo or with his band he performs regularly around the Northwest at festivals, outdoor concerts and other venues. He has also opened for a number of regional and national acts. His two latest CDs are titled Change of Heart, and Robert Richter Live.

Richter also hosts the weekly radio show Local Roots heard on KMUZ-FM in Salem and streaming online at Featuring music from NW artists it airs Sundays at 7 pm.

Recent venues and festivals played:

Aladdin Theater Portland 2006 and 2008

2012 Performed on KGW Channel 8 (NBC affiliate) "Live at 7" segment

2011 Rose Quarter Commons Performance on "The Morning News Show," seen live on "KOIN-TV Channel 6." (CBS affiliate in Portland)

Calico Spring Music Festival Yermo, CA May 2011

Portland Rose Festival "Main Stage" at Waterfront Pk 2011

NW Folklife Festival Seattle 2010 and 2012

Portland Park Bureau "Movies in the Park Series" Summer 2011 (6 concerts performed)

McMenamins Kennedy School Portland 2009

The Woods Portland 2010

LaurelThirst Pub Portland 2012

daVinci Days Festival Corvallis 2009 and 2011

Ft. Vancouver 4th of July Fireworks, 2010, 2011,2012

Oregon State Fairgrounds Salem 2010 and 2011

Clark County Fair (Vancouver, WA) 2011, 2012

White Eagle Portland 2006-2012

Landmark Saloon Portland 2012

Mandolin Cafe Tacoma 2011

Skylark Seattle 2012

The Mix Seattle 2011

Ft. George Brewery Astoria 2012


Let It Go

Written By: Robert Richter

Some people just can’t leave the past behind
Carrying heavy loads way too hard to hide
They don’t understand it’s just too much to tow
And they don’t know when to let it go

Some people hold on to hate
They never figure out that its always too late
Putting too much time into making themselves feel low
And they don’t know when to let it go


Sometimes I find myself sinking down
Waking up lying on the ground
My life moves much too slow
When I don’t know when to let it go

Some people worry too much about things they can’t control
And the pain hits them right into their soul
Like falling into a deep dark hole
And they don’t know when to let it go


Robert Richter 2011
"Change of Heart" (Recorded Live) 2012

Set List

Original songs focusing on Folk, Celtic and Blues. We also perform traditional folk and Celtic music.