Conrad Richards

Conrad Richards

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

If Captain Beefheart, Nick Cave, Jon Spencer, Tom Waits, and E from the Eels all shared a cousin: Conrad Richards would be his name.


: Conrad Richards claims to have written over 1000 songs and poems. He has been playing and recording music in his basement studio for years. In the last 5 years he has been playing live at some of Chicago's premier dive bars and music venues. The set-up and number of band mates varies from show to show: sometimes blues-punk, sometimes murder ballads, always odd. His sound has been compared to a mixture of Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits, Eels, and Nick Cave. Monica Kendrick of the Chicago Reader called him "a singer-songwriter working at a riveting level of energy and charisma." She adds, "guitar and harmonica blare and rattle and chug like the soundtrack to a rail-riding hoboĆ¢€™s apocalyptic nightmareĆ¢€”like Captain Beefheart is back and he wants to kill you."


Conrad has self-released many recordings at live shows.

Set List

Conrad has played everything from 1/2 hour sets to 3 hour sets of all original songs. At times, Conrad will do covers of obscure songs, always adding his own twist.