Richard Tillinghast
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Richard Tillinghast

Band Pop Singer/Songwriter


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The issue here is poetry. Don’t expect Richard Tillinghast’s first solo album, Men and Their Machines, to leap into your hands by virtue of its melodies, innovative musical forms, or arrangements. He is a poet; he has traveled America and abroad, with his senses open and attuned and has distilled many thoughts, impressions and feelings into a beautiful, restless volume of verse in song.
He uses the music as a vehicle for his lyrics. He employs his guitar as a percussive force, to drive the words along. Other musicians featured on the album use their talents to complement the song-poems, but never overshadow them. From a purely musical standpoint, the most powerful instrument on the album is Tillinghast’s voice. It is the perfect medium for the subject matter: the longing, the open spaces, the always moving and leaving of which the songs speak.
Tillinghast’s birth signs must be full of air and water, as his songs teem with images of wind, flight, feathers and birds, and with rivers, floods and water. Of course, these are images of movement, travel, and sometimes escape and oblivion.
This is not to downgrade the music itself. Tillinghast is a competent folk guitarist and has assembled a solid group of Upstate talents to Psychopossum Studios in Easley. Former Blue Tattoo partner Jennifer Goree adds her lovely harmonies on three songs, and the flute of Julia Sisk (she appears with Tillinghast in performance) does much to enhance the air and flight matter of the songs. And the final cut on the album, the title song, ends with an interesting instrumental overture.
Still, don’t take this album to your next disco party. If you’re in a dancing mood and want to get funky, try something else. Tillinghast’s stated influences are singer-poets. Buy this album when you are ready to truly listen, and think, and feel. Listen to the wind and rain in the voice. Poetry is what you will hear.
Dave Horner - Creative Loafing Magazine SC
- Creative Loafing


In the music world today it is hard to find artists whose lyrics and music actually mean something. Richard Tillinghast is one of those musicians. His songs come from experience. They contain lots of acoustic guitar and compliment his lyrics wonderfully. The listener can tell he is not simply putting down words on paper; he is speaking from the heart.
Elliot Southard - Time Out Magazine SC
- Time Out


"Men and Their Machines"-1997
"Onehum"- 2004 with Jason Russ



Richard's music reflects his Appalachian roots together with the experiences of seven years of traveling around the globe. While the music has a sound of old-time music of the Carolinas, Richard is a modern storyteller addressing the pressing issues of our times. He sings from the soul with a warm voice and interchanges instruments from his unique 1924 Gibson tenor banjo to slide on his 1969 Silvertine to twelve string guitar and finger picking on his beautiful Taylor 510.