John Richards

John Richards


Whether on stage or at a campfire, John Richards loves to write songs and roast marshmallows. He welcomes you to listen and hopes you don't mind if the marshmallow is a little burnt.


John Richards writes songs for and fronts the Minneapolis rock band Consolation Champ. The three-piece released its first full-band album, “The Invitational,” in September 2006. In addition to playing with his band, John continues to perform as a solo acoustic act, as he has done for the past four years throughout the Midwest. He released a self-titled solo debut in the summer of 2004, an innocently raw acoustic recording that includes stripped down versions of nine songs.

Looking back, John's musical career may have started when he took piano lessons in first grade and covered the song "Penguins at Play" at his elementary school talent show. It may have also begun when he and his brother used to lock one another in their respective rooms and simply talk/sing into a tape recorder for several minutes at a time. Little melodies and songs came out of those sessions, including "Al," the title track from the cassette, which was a song about a fictitious doggie. John continued his love for songwriting when he found an old Stella Harmony guitar in the back of a closet at home. His mom had bought this guitar way back when to perform "House of the Rising Sun" at a high school talent show. John began trying to play this guitar at age 14 and has since played other guitars, making some of them his own.

After playing in cover bands with names like "Kids Eat Free" during high school, he began to hone his songwriting skills while attending college at the University of Minnesota. Round that time he also began playing in Minneapolis at coffee shops, bars and the U of M campus. For most of 2003, he studied and lived in London, where he played at pubs and "unis" and met other songwriters from all over the world. Upon graduating college in the spring of 2004, John took the summer off to finish his debut album, then jumped into the business world in the fall.

After trying for a year and half to balance his passion for music with a 9 to 5 job, John decided to pursue music full time in the spring of 2006. He's fired up about touring, both with his band and solo acoustic. On October 7, 2006, he had the privilege of opening for Mason Jennings, and Haley Bonar at a benefit show at the U of Wisconsin River Falls. He has also shared the stage with Midwestern favorites such as The Alarmists, Spider John Koerner, Beau Kinstler, Billy Johnson, and Tim Mahoney.

Above all, John Richards loves to write songs and entertain. He is simply having a tremendous time chasing his dreams and making music.


2006 Sept - The Invitational (Consolation Champ debut album)
2004 July - John Richards (John's self-titled solo acoustic album)

Set List

A typical John Richards set includes mostly originals, and he has about two hours of original material. That's not to say he doesn't have hours of cover songs he loves to play as well, with past selections ranging from Paul Simon to Wilco, Cake to the Kinks, Tom T. Hall to Hall & Oates.

John will happily play for however long you'd like him to play.