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"What the Media/Press is saying"

“He's an incredible (NO EXAGGERATION) vocalist ... truly an "undiscovered" talent. "Devil In The Mirror" is a superb song, lyrically brilliant. But what I ENVY (YES - I'm turning green here) is Richie's vocal range. I swear he sings his way through two-and-a-half octaves on this track, and that is ASTONISHING!” - John Lewis, RODEO ATTITUDE

“His six song set at the AID4AUTISM Atlanta Music Festival (www.aid4autism.org) was electric from the first note to the last. Fields bounds onto the stage and from the first note of his silky baritone you know you are in for a ride. His energy sweeps over the audience and, no matter how non-committal I tried to be, I was rocking with the music within a minute and a half. He can hip sway with the best, and takes in the ladies' screams with a hearty laugh, throwing t-shirts with his image out into the crowd with great delight….But real he is, and that is what sets him apart in the industry. No illusions - what you see is what you get, and with Richie Fields you are getting undeniable talent." Jenny Delamotte, Music News Nashville (Review of performance at Wild Bill's - Atlanta, GA)

6/2/2010 Music Row critic Robert Oermann's review of Wichita: "—Dramatic sounding. The descending chords, chiming guitars and stately tempo set up a resonant, throaty baritone who can really deliver the goods. Everything I have heard by this man has been top notch. Surely one of you big labels could use a talent like this."

“Devil In The Mirror” has just the sound I like in a song with its edge and a rich voice easily commanding attention. Another thing about Richie's voice is that it sounds easy and familiar, yet unique enough to stand out in a crowd if given a chance.” - Jennifer Webb, ABOUT.COM

"His wide-ranging singing voice is sturdy, the down-and-out lyric is excellent and the doom-y arrangement is appropriately menacing. Richie's 'Man Enough to Cry' debut single won a Disc of the Day award last May. This confirms his promise." - Robert K. Oermann, MUSIC ROW

“'Man Enough To Cry' is a well-written and produced mid-tempo ballad that showcases Fields’ strong bass tenor vocal. It’s a strong, rich, textured vocal that just sounds better with repeated listenings. Given a true shot at country radio, it would find its place on the charts with the latest Trace Adkins or Sugarland hit.” - Matt Bjorke, ROUGHSTOCK

“Richie has a rich, masculine vocal tone with nice bass dips. His single, 'Man Enough To Cry,' is loaded with hooks and delivers a fine message. A solid winner.” - Robert K. Oermann, MUSIC ROW

“Richie delivers songs that touch your emotions. His voice is deep and mellow and has a strong maturity to it which translates into believability.” - Cathy Anne, GONE COUNTRY

“There is only one thing to say about Country newcomer Richie Fields and that’s REFRESHING.” - Scott Sexton, COUNTRY MUSIC REPORT

“Richie's song ‘Man Enough To Cry’ What an absolutely fabulous song .its enough to leave a lump in the old throat.. it’s a real winner.” - Wyn Machon, Oamaru Heritage Radio ( New Zealand)

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"Great Review from Robert Oermann"

Robert Oermann review of Wichita: "—Dramatic sounding. The descending chords, chiming guitars and stately tempo set up a resonant, throaty baritone who can really deliver the goods. Everything I have heard by this man has been top notch. Surely one of you big labels could use a talent like this."

- Music Row Magazine


"What Booking Agents/Promoters Are Saying"

"Richie Fields is that rare live performer who is also an 'entertainer.' He knows how to get a crowd up - AND keep them going. I would highly recommend Richie for any setting where a great high-energy show is required." - Clif Doyal
Clif Doyal Agency, LLC
Nashville, TN
(former agent for Toby Keith, Lonestar, and Little Texas)

“In the casinos, it is important to appeal to all ages of customers, and Richie certainly does that. His show is simply excellent. Richie's confident, captivating vocals, and his energetic-yet-accessible stage presence puts him a head above most performers.” - Mike Evans, Maximum Talent & Entertainment (Booking Agent for Delaware Casinos)

"Richie had the crowd on their feet! I think he ended up selling more merchandise that night than the headliner!" - Tammy Roop, Fauquier County Fair Manager (July ’08 Opening for Kentucky Headhunters/ Warrenton, Virginia)

“Richie falls into the category of “future stars,” and we are glad to book him here.” - Keith Johnson, VP Virginia Association of Fairs & Prince William County Fair Manager (August ’08 Opening for The Lost Trailers/ Manassas, Virginia)

"Richie and his band always draw in a great crowd with their high energy show!" - Charlie Jeffries, Booking Agent for Cancun Cantina (Hanover/Hagerstown, MD)

“Richie is a true entertainer.” - Roy Lefever, Booking Agent for Winner’s Circle Saloon (Grantville, PA)

“Richie is a class act. He’s a true professional and a dream to work with.” - Kim Venturo, Booking Agent for Beach Wagon (Myrtle Beach, SC)

"Richie Fields and his band have that unique blend of charisma, energy and sound that many artists are still searching for." - Eric Dugovich, Nick's Nightclub (Alexandria, VA)


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""Man Enough To Cry" Video hits #1"

Richie Fields' music video for Man Enough To Cry takes #1 spot for country music videos. - Yallwire.com


"Disc of the Day Award from Music Row"

Friday, May 23, 2008

Robert Oermann-Music Row Magazine

Music Row Magazine gives DISC OF THE DAY Award for newly released single "Man Enough To Cry"

As many of you regular readers know, I like to devote entire columns to indie product from time to time.

The good folks at CDX make this easy. Today, I just popped in Volume 448 and let 'er rip.

The brightest of them is unquestionably Richie Fields, who takes home a Disc of the Day award. The novelty attraction is rapper Mikel Knight, who gets a DisCovery Award for his innovative sound.

RICHIE FIELDS/Man Enough To Cry
Writer: Richie Fields; Producer: Jim Purdy & Dino Pastin; Publisher: Joint Journey, BMI; IGO (CDX) (1-877-999-9975)
—He has a rich, masculine vocal tone with nice bass dips. The song is loaded with hooks and delivers a fine message. A solid winner.

- Music Row Magazine


"CD Review in Gone Country Magazine"


Richie Fields' debut CD "Man Enough To Cry" was co-produced by Jim Purdy and Dino Pastin (Alabama) and incorporates their talents, as well as several other seasoned musicians, such as Larry Hanson (Alabama) and John Hughey (Steel Guitar Hall of Fame). The first track "I Remember That Lonely" gives us a taste of what Richie does best…deliver songs that touch your emotions. His voice is deep and mellow and has a strong maturity to it which translates into believability. He wears his heart on his sleeve in "I Don't Think You're Pretty" and "In a Place Like This" which are sure to be favorites of those in love; while the introspection of "Devil in the Mirror" will most likely speak to many a troubled heart. The title track "Man Enough To Cry" is the perfect description of how Richie comes across in this collection of songs…strong, yet tender…a true cowboy. Listening to "(She's Bound To Be) Somebody's Baby" your imagination wants to create a line dance (any choreographers out there?). If you enjoy listening to a good mix of countrified melodies from romantic, to rocking, to just plain toe-tapping fun, you will want to check out Richie Fields. (Cathy Anne – Gone Country Magazine)

- Gone Country Magazine


"Richie Fields Gets SMACK'D on Inside Music Row TV Show"

TV ALERT
Richie Fields Gets SMACK'D On Inside Music Row
Episode Airs Nationally February 9 - 15
Nashville, TN (February 9, 2009) -- Richie Fields' recent imaging consultation at Nashville's tony Elliston Street boutique SMACK Clothing was captured by cameras from television's Inside Music Row show, and the episode airs nationally February 9 -15. Nashvillians can tune in Sunday, February 15 at 9:30 p.m. to WNAB/CW58 (Comcast channel 18).
Richie has a distinctive style and a voice that’s all his own: His current single, "Devil In The Mirror," highlights his rich baritone and the track is “on deck" this week, sitting at #80 on the Music Row chart. Fields was recently named one of the CMA's Who New To Watch In 2009 artists, and this year's feature appears in the February/March issue of Close Up magazine.
Inside Music Row airs in approximately 80 markets, including WBKO in Bowling Green, KY, WKAG Hopkinsville, KY, KLAS-TV One Las Vegas, KXXV Waco, TX, KCTU-TV 5 in Wichita, KS, WRDW in Augusta, GA, WFFT Fox in Fort Wayne, IN, WHNT-CBS in Huntsville, AL, WWCI TV10 in Vero Beach, FL and on the AMG-TV network. This show is also available online starting Wednesday, February 11 at www.InsideMusicRow.com, www.DigitalRodeo.com, iTunes, and AOL Television.
Fans can enjoy audio and video clips and more online at www.MySpace.com/richiefields and www.richiefields.com. - Inside Music Row


"Richie Fields Assembles Management/ Production Team"

Devil In The Mirror Headed For Market

Richie Fields spent a whirlwind week in Music City, and returned to his Maryland home with a new producer and new management in place.

At the helm of Fields' upcoming recording project will be hit maker J. Gary Smith, and taking over management duties will be Clif Doyal. Smith and Doyal join publicist Martha Moore to round out the Joint Journey Records' artist's team.

Pictured: Richie Fields; Clif Doyal, and J. Gary Smith., Richie made several other stops during his busy week in Nashville: he participated in listening sessions with several of Music City's song plugging wunderkinds, stopped by the CMA offices, rehearsed with his new Nashville-based band, and shopped at Smack Clothing and Boots'N'More for an imaging consultation session which was filmed for an upcoming segment on the television show, Inside Music Row.

"This was an incredible trip," Richie says of his time in Tennessee. "I'm excited about this new team, and can't wait to get started on this project." His current single, Devil In The Mirror, is resonating with fans and radio across the country. - All About Country


"Richie Fields - What Comes Next?"

May 5, 2009
Richie Fields - What Comes Next?

by Jenny Delamotte

I never know what to expect when sitting down with an artist for an interview. Sure, they are always very pleasant, but then they know they have to be if they want good press, don't they? Talking with Richie Fields is like sitting on the front porch on a hot afternoon with a glass of sweet tea. He is tall, trim, handsome, unassuming, and surprisingly upbeat for someone who was up all night dealing with a broken down tour bus.

I began the conversation asking the most obvious thing I could think of - "How do you find time to write songs with seven kids?" (Yes, there are seven of them!) Richie laughingly admits that is problematic at times.

Richie and his impossibly beautiful wife, Mette, live with the children in Maryland. He definitely has a soft spot for her, and it is an endearing quality that seems to carry into his song choices and lyrics. When I asked him had she inspired any of his songs, he sheepishly replied, "None that are for public consumption," although he did admit that he proposed to her with a song he wrote. They met on match.com six years ago (yes, there is hope!).

"I took my profile down after 24 hours," Richie says. "Ten minutes after I met her I knew she was the one."

They married shortly thereafter. I had the pleasure of meeting her briefly and she was as gracious as Richie. Mette travels with him frequently and is his official photographer. Although both would be fine with a move to Nashville, consideration for their children's wishes wins out. When asked if any of his children show an interest in following in his musical footsteps, Fields enthusiastically talks about his twelve year old son.

"He plays the guitar, and he's good, much better than me. He sings and takes it very seriously."

Richie's smile comes easily when speaking of his family.

Family seems to be an anchor in his life. His hero is his dad, who "really taught me a strong work ethic from when I was young." His musical leanings come from his mother, and he feels he is now getting to live out her dreams. His parents travel to his shows that are within a 300 mile radius, staying until 2 in the morning at times. They were the driving force in his decision to make a 2006 New Years' resolution to pursue a music career full time a reality.

I asked if it was scary for him to make that leap

"No," he quickly replies. "I had so much support from my family."

His determination has pretty much driven his life. His athletic abilities in high school led him first to pursue a career in baseball, but he discovered that it was very hard to even make it to the minor leaguess so he switched paths.

I asked what would lead someone who was athletic and with obvious musical ability to be an economics major.

"I wanted to be a lawyer," he says. "I got into pre-law, though, and it wasn't as fun as I thought".

He makes it all sound easy and effortless, but you can feel the underlying determination in everything he does. He plays the guitar, and I would venture a guess that he was being self-deprecating in his assessment of his son outshining him. He doesn't use a guitar in his live performance, however, choosing to devote his complete attention to the fans.

Richie digressed when asked which was more fulfilling - writing or performing. He talked about writing with obvious fond memories. But after seeing his live show, you can tell that his passion lives in performing for an audience. His six song set at the AID4AUTISM Atlanta Music Festival (www.aid4autism.org) was electric from the first note to the last. He has been playing venues up and down the east coast for years, but it is evident he has long surpassed the bar band stage in his career.

Fields bounds onto the stage and from the first note of his silky baritone you know you are in for a ride. His energy sweeps over the audience and, no matter how non-committal I tried to be, I was rocking with the music within a minute and a half. He can hip sway with the best, and takes in the ladies' screams with a hearty laugh, throwing t-shirts with his image out into the crowd with great delight.

His band moves with him effortlessly like a well oiled machine, transforming Wild Bill's in Atlanta instantly into a large stadium. The group harmonies are flawless. At this particular show they covered Queen's 'Fat Bottomed Girls' with an opening reminiscent of the vocal harmonies of Alabama's 'Song of the South'. It was a pleasant surprise for me, as I have never heard Freddy Mercury covered by anyone sufficiently. Fields takes on the task as he seemingly does everything else, in stride and at ease.

He proved he has the chops to take on much more than party tunes with his fourth song, a ballad titled 'The Altar' that will be on his upcoming album. He doesn't just sing the notes; he wraps his voice around them. His goal, he states, is to bring out "a soulful sound of singing country". After hearing him, it becomes apparent this will be another goal he will easily attain.

Richie performed several songs from his new album to be released later this summer. The first single will drop May 25th, titled 'When You Love Someone That Much.' Any of the three tracks I heard would make for great radio play. His style is decidedly country rock, but I would love to hear his voice wrapped around some steel guitar. That may be in the works according to his band, who were some of the most down to earth guys I have met.

I asked Richie what the most played song on his iPod was and he quickly replied "Believe" by Brooks and Dunn. He is an avid fan of theirs. He sang a few bars of the song and I immediately decided that what sets Fields apart from other artists is his ability to take the same notes of any song and, with his voice, make them uniquely his own.

We spoke of upcoming benefits he will also be performing at, including 'Cooking for A Cause' hosted in his hometown. The charity helps needy families in the area.

"Requests for assistance are up over 300% this year," he explains. "Anything child related just pulls at my heart."

The concert will be held on the high school field where he played football, so it will definitely be a homecoming for him.

As our interview wound down Fields took me to see the tour bus, stopping to use a towel and wipe off the stairs that were wet from rain. As he was wiping off the stairs so I wouldn't fall and profusely apologizing, all I could think is "This guy really can't be for real, can he?"

But real he is, and that is what sets him apart in the industry. No illusions - what you see is what you get, and with Richie Fields you are getting undeniable talent.

While he wouldn't commit to being "obsessed" with checking his placement on the charts, he smiled wryly and admitted checking the charts on Thursdays just to see if his song has climbed any higher. I personally think it won't be much longer before he can check having a number one song off of his list of to dos. With his talent, it is pretty much a given.

- Music News Nashville


"Country Rocker Richie Fields Gives Back With Performance at Aid 4 Autism Concert May 2"

Country Rocker Richie Fields Gives Back With Performance at Aid 4 Autism Concert May 2

Joins The Lost Trailers & Others For Charity Event In Atlanta

Nashville, TN (April 13, 2009) - Country rocker Richie Fields joins The Lost Trailers, Georgia songwriter Tia Severino, chanteuse IreneB from Barcelona, Grammy-winning Latin/R&B producer/ remixer Frankie Biggz and teenage rockers Notforgotten for a multi-genre charity event that benefits AID 4 AUSTISM on Saturday, May 2 at Wild Bill's Dance Club and Concert Hall in Duluth,GA. The fundraiser includes a full day of family-style entertainment, educational lectures, and information on available therapy options. In the spirit of giving, Richie will donate 50% of all merchandise sales to the charity. The evening concert kicks off at 7 p.m., with ticket prices starting at $15.

Richie recently recorded the charity's "anthem," "I'm Not Afraid," at Tempo Recording Studio in Deland, Florida with IreneB and Severino. Producer Frankie Biggz (Christina Aguilera, Stefani, Oscar D'Leon) helmed the project. The song's melody was written by 16-year old Matt Savage, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Proceeds from the single will go directly to AID 4 AUTISM. "I have five children of my own," Fields says. "And when Tia came to me with the idea for an annual autism-awareness event, I was 'in.' I have a soft spot in my heart for any child-related cause."

Maryland native Fields is no stranger to Georgia country music fans; his current single, "The Devil In The Mirror," can be heard on radio stations WBYZ (Baxley), WOKA (Douglas), WPPL (Blue Ridge), and WTHO (Thomson) and others. While in Atlanta, Fields will tape a special Father's Day-themed segment for the nationally-syndicated TV show, EVERYDAY WITH MARCUS & LISA, as well as an interview with America's Freedom Broadcast Radio.

Richie maintains a rigorous tour schedule of the Eastern Seaboard and beyond, a journey he says, that's made "a lot easier - and more fun" with a new bus and a hot, new band. Richie heads to the studio later this month with his new producer and Music Row hitmaker J. Gary Smith (Lonestar, Andy Griggs, Mindy McCready) to work on his upcoming album.

- GACTV.com


"Devil In The Mirror climbs onto the chart"

Richie Fields' single "Devil In The Mirror" continues to climb on the highly regarded Music Row Chart and is currently at #59. - Music Row Magazine


Discography

2008 CD "Man Enough To Cry"
The music video for the title track "Man Enough To Cry" climbed to #1 on the popular Yallwire.com internet site. The second radio single from the CD, "Devil In The Mirror" was Richie's first charted single.

2010 CD "Down Memory Lane"
Three songs from the CD have been released as singles to radio so far, "When You Love Someone That Much", "Losing You", and currently "Wichita", which climbed to the #1 spot on the Indie World Chart.

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Bio

RICHIE FIELDS:

Richie Fields' earthy country baritone has already given this up-and-coming singer/songwriter three well-received singles and a #1 music video for “Man Enough To Cry” (Y'all Wire). He's toured nationally, playing at many of the country’s most renowned venues, and is known for his energetic live shows. Now, with well-known producer, J. Gary Smith (Andy Griggs, Lonestar), Richie is ready to take his career to the next level.

Big changes are already taking place for Richie, who was named to the CMA's Who New To Watch list, and made his national television debut on Inside Music Row. In June, Richie made his Country Weekly debut as the magazine's "Who's New" feature, and he will be performing again this year in Nashville during CMA Music Festival week. Recent recording sessions with his new producer Smith have already generated the driving and emotionally-charged single, "Wichita", which went out to radio May 24th and left noted Music Row critic, Robert Oermann, proclaiming "surely one of you big labels could use a talent like this". The track has released from Richie's newest CD, "Down Memory Lane".

“I’ve always been driven,” says Richie. “And I’m fortunate to be working with talented people who share my passion for the music." Fields' passion drove him to devote all of his energies into writing and performing in January 2006. "It was a big decision," Richie says. "But not one I regret." Fields’ focus is paying off and the word is spreading about this talented entertainer who has shared the stage with the likes of the Kentucky Headhunters, The Lost Trailers, Joe Diffie, Keith Anderson, The Eli Young Band, Blue Oyster Cult, and James Otto.

As a testament to the range of his talent, Fields took advantage of a unique opportunity this past spring when he recorded “I’m Not Afraid” with jazz pianist Matt Savage and various R&B artists in Florida. Grammy-winning producer Frankie Biggz (Christina Aguilera) helmed the multi-genre project, which was released in May and benefited the AID 4 AUTISM charity.

Richie’s as likely to seduce you with a powerful ballad as move you with an up-tempo country song; with just a few notes he’ll have you rocking, two-stepping, slow-swaying or crying in your beer. His music draws you in to the party and keeps you close ‘til the lights are low.

And it’s when the lights are low that you’ll see a glimmer of the “closet romantic” in Fields. Richie’s self-penned debut single, “Man Enough To Cry”, reflects this soulful side of his personality, while his second single took on more of an edge. “Devil In the Mirror" (Larry Williams, Kim Williams, Wayd Battle) is a gripping Southern Rock-tinged tale of a man fighting to stay in control, while battling the demons within - and it's bringing this entertainer new fans every day.

The recognition is gratifying for Fields, who says knowing what he wants has always been the easy part, and on the whole, he’s made getting what he wants look pretty easy, too. In reality, though, his success is the by-product of hard work. Richie credits his parents with instilling that strong work ethic in him at an early age and it paid huge dividends for him as a two-letter high school athlete (football, starting QB and baseball, 3B) who graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Economics. With his drive and talent, it's no surprise that Richie’s already making a name for himself with his music.

Fields has come a long way from the playing fields of his youth in Salisbury and Ocean City (Maryland) and Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He now lives in rural Marriottsville, Maryland (west of Baltimore) on a few acres with his wife and children. “I’ve never been happier than I am right now. I’m in a good place,” says the entertainer. “I only wish the days were longer.”

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