Richard James and The Special Riders
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Richard James and The Special Riders

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"James fusion of old blues, American roots,an swampy punk comes off with class and aplomb.Citing influences ranging from Gun Club/ Cramps to Charlie Feathers/Blind Willie Johnson,James is at once a southern music traditionalist and a key player in the"new" Memphis garage scene."
Lord Rutledge June 12,2007
Now Wave
- Now Wave

"Vexar Entertainment CD & Stage Review"

"Music For People Who Been Wrong(ed)" is the love child of Buddy Holly and Joey Ramone.It combines a rockabilly beat,punk guitars, with a little blues thrown in to create a sound unique to itself that's neither past nor present."
Vexar Dave May 15,2007
Vexar Entertainment
- Vexar Entertainment

"When digging into roots, it's better to go deeper"

For a different and frankly more sucessful take on the blues,check out the debut from Richard James and The Special Riders.Recorded in Nashville,"Music For People Who Been Wrong(ed)" belongs much more accurately to the bands adopted hometown of Memphis,taking as it does it's cues from a long line of roots outsiders and revisionists including Charlie Feathers,Alex Chilton,The Cramps,and Monsieur Jeffrey Evans."
Mark Jordan September 7 2007
The Commercial Appeal - The Commercial Appeal


Jeff Gunn 7"
Raw Roc Roll CD
Music For People Who Been Wrong(ed) CD

"Wounded Animal" featured on Vexar Entertainment Podcast
"Blood in My Eyes" and "Be Good Or Be Gone"on
WRVU playlist for"Goodness Gracious"



Richard James and The Special Riders are a musical cavalcade known for their electrifing live performances and bold sonic sound-scapes.Their 2007 release"Music For People Who Been Wrong(ed)"was produced by Roger Alan Nichols and features guest performances by veteran guitar-zan Reeves Gabriels( Tin Machine,David Bowie) and harmonica ace Mark Holder(Black Diamond Heavies).Their recording brings a blend of haunting gospel rantings,murder ballads, and dark redemptive blues to an unsuspecting public long bewitched into regarding music as a dead language(or at best some kind of historical fiction).
Richard and his fearless riders infuse a healthy dose of punk rock prowess into well respected American genres of country,western,rockabilly,and blues in ways that are both startling yet compelling and decidedly earnest.Traditionalists,consider yourself warned!