Ronnie Richards
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Ronnie Richards

Kansas City, Missouri, United States | INDIE

Kansas City, Missouri, United States | INDIE
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Ron Richards provided the musical entertainment for our Hallmark Cards Global Procurement Division Holiday Luncheon last December. Ron did a splendid job of providing a steady stream of beautiful guitar music during our meal. His outstanding and unique ability, variations in style and tempo from song to song, and obvious mastery over the instrument all combined to make Ron a huge hit with everyone who heard him.

I can recommend Ron to anyone looking for a professional quality instrumental guitar performance. The musical background that Ron provided changed the entire mood and feeling of our event from “ordinary” to “classy”. We would definitely invite Ron back again any time we wanted to provide a huge upgrade to the quality and enjoyment of another event.

Tom Freeland
Senior Strategic Buyer
Global Procurement
Hallmark Cards
Kansas City, MO
- Hallmark Cards, Inc.


2008 KCCM Best Album Award Winner.

This mellow acoustic guitar CD, The Pursuit, by Ron Richards brings you through a journey of original and cover tunes that will satisfy anyone who has a love for guitar music.

Ron brings acoustic rock and folk music to a beautiful place in this new collection of music. This new all-instrumental CD opens up with “Taking It To the Streets,” an easy-going relaxing cover song originally written by Michael McDonald that shows off his gentle picking action and precise timing. I really appreciated hearing such a good guitar player play. The album picks up the beat in the next song “Play That Funky Music White Boy,” written by Robert W. Parissi, as Ron shows that he can also be energetic and upbeat.

The whole CD ranges from mellow to hopping and stays fresh. His intricate yet gently rolling picking seems to paint pictures in your mind of beautiful, peaceful settings. It’s very clear which songs the covers are and the listener is drawn in to almost a sing-along even though there are no voice tracks.

This is definitely a professional and relaxing album that anyone loving guitar music would love to have in their CD collection. (by Connie Whitlock, King Cat Music) - King Cat Music


Ron's new CD "The Pursuit" is a unique piece of work. His fingerstyle guitar work is exceptional and his interpretations of other artists music is very creative and soulful. The original music on the CD is outstanding. The songs all have a story behind them and are very expressive of the thoughts that went into creating them. Ron is a fine musician and a great person to know. I hope the listeners of this CD enjoy the music as much as I did helping him record it. - Dave Storms, Destiny Audio


Discography

CD The Pursuit (2008 KCCM Award Winning Album)

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My name is Ron Richards (I grew up with the name Ronnie). I grew up in a small town of Indiana and at an early age of 13 I learned to play Fingerstyle guitar from a great gentleman named Derrell Blake. You can read that story on my website at www.ronwrichards.com. When the 1970's came I got hooked on the old Rock bands and started playing in some high school bands. I played lead guitar and loved to try to imitate some of the great guitar players.

After marriage, and then children, I drifted more and more from playing. It wasn't until after my two kids moved out I got the itch again and bought a new acoustic guitar. I played some before then at Church, or a special occasion but I would only play my old stuff.

I found a coffee house nearby and contacted them about playing. They invited me to an open mic night and people liked what I played and I kept getting the invite back to play more. I soon discovered that I needed more material if I was going to start playing some gigs.

I started arranging some Seventy tunes after listening to a few on the radio and thinking, "I wonder what Chet Atkins would do with a Disco song?". After arranging "Play That Funky Music", I heard "Takin' It To The Streets" on the radio one day. I was curious and began experimenting with it. After a couple of days, I found a good way of simulating the syncopated beat and bass on my guitar. Then came one of my favorite Chicago tunes, "Saturday In The Park". I really enjoyed just trying to do something different with the guitar and thinking outside the box (no pun here!).

Then I began experimenting with several styles of playing, such as Laurence Juber, Leo Kottke etc. Several of my originals came out of this and I am finding that my style tends to settle in a story line type of playing. My songs, "Letting Go, The Embury Road, The Weeping Willow, Thumbing It Home", and some other new ones lean toward presenting memories or stories through my guitar.

Once I had enough material I started playing out more and people began asking for a CD. So, I hit the studio and put down 11 songs. I called it The Pursuit. One of the reasons for the name is I realized all my songs were really a result of different stages in my life that I have played - the Seventies, my guitar teacher's fingerstyle tunes, and then some of my originals. There is definitely some memories in my CD as well as a sense of direction that life has taken me in my spiritual journey as well.

I live in Kansas City, MO (near the historic Liberty, MO town). I work full-time as an IT Consultant for a local firm in town.

2008 2nd Place Kansas State FingerStyle Guitar Winner