Scott Richmond
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Scott Richmond

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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"#1 Country/Roots Album of 2014"

1. Scott Richmond, Come What May (Independent)

Richmond’s sound may be somewhat be influenced by the likes of Mumford and Sons or the Strumbellas, but this totally engaging and musically addictive artist is truly one to watch... and definitely hear. - Winnipeg Free Press

"Regina entertainment gurus pick their top albums of 2014"

9. Come What May, Scott Richmond

Showcasing exceptional talent on his own and when backed by a full band, this southern influenced indie debut is just the start of what is guaranteed to be a fantastic career for Scott Richmond. - Regina Leader Post

"This engaging and musically addictive artist is truly one to watch"

Scott Richmond
Come What Way (Independent)

ON his debut album, Scott Richmond immediately demands attention with his unique voice: sort of a fragile and plaintive Ray Lamontagne.
Raised in Gravelbourg, Sask., and based in Regina, Richmond recorded his debut in Nashville with Canadian Colin Linden (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) and a wealth of others who've worked with Springsteen, Skynyrd and Hank Jr., to name a few.

Drawing from blues, rock, country and roots, the music is often celebratory in feel, inspiring foot-stompin' and hand-clappin' whether you want to or not. You'd think the sound would have to be overpowering to achieve this, but Richmond often subscribes to the "less is more" credo, weaving sparse elements of piano, percussion, cello and classically influenced strings to create something pure and pretty.

Among his characters are bootleggers and couples on the run from the law, but he gets personal on Two Years Gone, singing about the homesickness for his native province when he taught school in Colombia.

Richmond's sound may be somewhat influenced by the likes of Mumford and Sons or the Strumbellas, but this engaging and musically addictive artist is truly one to watch... and definitely hear. ****1/2

DOWNLOAD THIS: Rain on the Rooftop, You'll Be in My Heart

-- Bruce Leperre - Winnipeg Free Press

"A Refreshing Offering"

The cover of the CD is earthy and warm as is the photo of this artist so when the first track comes on it is a huge surprise to hear this bluesy strong voice singing out to you.

Scott Richmond is a Southern Saskatchewan musician, composer, and performer who has spent the past decade working on his music. He has won multiple music competitions in Canada and is just about to break loose in the major markets.

This debut album ‘Come What May’ was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with producer/engineer Gabe Masterson at EastSide Manor Studios, this album features several musicians that have performed with some of the most important artists of the past few decades: Colin Linden (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, The Band, Bob Dylan), Kris Wilkinson (Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Garth Brooks) and Kim Morrison (Lynyrd Skynrd, Hank Williams Jr., Ray Charles)

‘Come What May’ is a collection of emotionally charged folk songs, tinged with soul, pop and country, with some tunes pushing the blues as well. From the cinematic Fallen to Rise to the outlaw anthem White Whiskey and Bourbon, to the evocative Fades into Silence, the songs are of stories of love, loss, rebellion, life and death, all put to a great music bed of strong vocals, good melodies and slick musicianship.

The opening track ‘Rain on the Rooftop’ is a surprise from the first note of the opening vocal. A surprising bluesy feel that is not what you expect out of this clean cut guy. ‘Fallen to Rise’ is a full production tune, reminiscent of early Van Morrison, haunting and infectious. ‘Smooth Talker is a swampy Dr. John kinda feel, showing off the musicianship on the CD, with clever rhyming schemes, while ‘Bettin’ Man’ brings you back to the soul of the man behind the music. ‘Slick Stones Green Water’ brings out the best in this singer, once again sounding like a Louisana gospel feel. ‘White Whiskey and Bourbon’ is country in every way, showing the diversity of this singer/songwriter, banjo and violin tying it all together, ‘You’ll Be in My Heart’ continues along in that mode, while ‘Two Years Gone’ is a beautiful ballad, with a mournful lament of life and hope to end up where you belong. The closing track ‘Fades into Silence’ is a wonderful combination of songwriting, vocal delivery and clean production.

This is such a refreshing offering, and so diversified in its content, it is impossible to put Scott Richmond in a music genre. If you love great music this is a CD that you need to own. It gets better every time you listen to it. - Cashbox Canada

"Richmond aims to create songs that are new and different"

REGINA — Recent Regina resident and Gravelbourg product Scott Richmond took his time before getting around in 2014 to releasing his debut album — a well-aged blend of country, folk, blues, soul and even jazz.

Richmond is 28, a ripe age for a new entrant in the recording scene. Six years have passed since he ranked as one of Canada’s top young songwriters in competitions that spanned the nation, he said during an interview to promote a coming show in this city.

It was 2008 when Richmond publicly put his talent to the test and entered a competition for Saskatchewan songwriters. He won the event, and went on to compete against songwriters from throughout Western Canada. He won that event, too.

He went on that year to pit his skill against the top competitors from across the nation. He didn’t win at the national level, but he was a finalist. And it cemented his confidence in his talent, as being real and something he could develop into a musical career.

“Before that (2008) I hadn’t really told anyone about my musical aspirations, even thought I definitely had very serious ones. That success early on legitimized those aspirations, and I could be a bit more public about it,” said Richmond.

“And ever since then I’ve been writing and playing and travelling a lot. And it was a couple of years ago that I decided to pursue things seriously, and I ended up in Nashville and eventually recorded this album.”

The album is entitled Come What May. In support of it, Richmond and his band will play at the Artesian Friday evening. Just to ensure the live performance is true to the recording, he’ll have along some string musicians.

Orchestral-style strings — as opposed to fiddling — regularly punctuate the piano accompaniment that is the basis of Richmond’s song called Fallen to Rise. The pop/folk arrangement couches lyrics that are delivered both sparingly and soulfully.

Earmarked for release as a single is a crossover tune called White Whiskey and Bourbon. It defies pigeonholing, but is bound to please fans of pop country and folk roots music.

Richmond even dares to delve into jazz, in a tune called Smooth Talker. He let this song be what it was destined to be, instead of squeezing the artwork into a marketing niche.

“I give each song its own identity,” Richmond said. “But I think what comes more comfortably to me is the more soulful blues/country stuff.”

He added: “I try to challenge myself to write something new and something different, so I don’t write the same song over and over again.”

And there was plenty of material to choose from, in number and in variety, when it came time to record a sampling of his work.

“This is the first album I’ve released, but I’ve been writing songs for quite awhile. When we picked songs for this album, we picked a few of my favourite songs out of hundreds I had written,” Richmond said. - The Leader Post

"A Warm Reception for Scott Richmond"

REGINA - L’auteur-compositeur-interprète Scott Richmond était de retour dans sa province natale pour en mettre plein les oreilles à ses admirateurs réginois et c’est ce qu’il a fait à la salle The Artesian de Regina le vendredi 12 septembre. En effet, lors d’une entrevue précédant le spectacle, Richmond avait affirmé vouloir offrir le meilleur spectacle possible pour son retour à Regina. « Mon plus grand défi avec ce spectacle a été de trouver des musiciens me permettant de recréer le même son qu’à Nashville », faisant référence à l’endroit où il a enregistré son premier album, Come What May.
Selon Nathalie Franck, membre du public, Richmond a bien relevé le défi. « Ça sonnait beaucoup comme l’album », a-t-elle affirmé après avoir été interrogée sur ses impressions. « Je ne regrette certainement pas ma soirée », a-t-elle ajoutée.

La première partie de la soirée était assurée par l’auteure-compositrice-interprète Megan Nash, qui a su séduire le public avec sa grande présence scénique et son charisme. Megan a ensuite cédé sa place à Richmond qui, accompagné de ses dix musiciens, a fait vibrer le public avec sa musique aux teintes country, pop, folk et soul. Richmond était également accompagné de deux choristes, sa sœur Angele Richmond ainsi que Christie-Anne Blondeau, bien connue dans la communauté fransaskoise pour la puissance et la chaleur de sa voix.

Tant le public que le chanteur lui-même ont semblé ravis du concert. Le lendemain, on pouvait lire sur la page Twitter de Richmond : « Merci à tout le monde d’être venus. Je ne peux pas croire qu’autant de gens soient venus assister à mon spectacle. Je suis très reconnaissant ». En effet, la salle de The Artesian était tellement pleine à craquer en cette soirée, qu’il était difficile pour les spectateurs d’avoir une place assise, puisqu’elles avaient toutes été vendues avant le concert. Les nombreux nouveaux venus ont dû, quant à eux, prendre place à l’arrière et se tenir debout. Cela témoigne bien de la popularité du chanteur dans sa région natale.

Scott Richmond offrira ses prochains spectacles à Winnipeg les 3 et 4 octobre et sera de retour en Saskatchewan le 29 novembre pour un concert au Gaiety Theatre de Gravelbourg, son village natal. - L'Eau Vive

"Mercury Excellence Award presented to Scott Richmond"

Gravelbourg's Scott Richmond and Zenon Park's Véronique Poulin both accepted the Mercure Excellence Award and earned a spot in the semi-finals of the prestigious Festival international de la chanson de Granby to be held in Quebec in September." - Moose Jaw Times Herald

"Scott Richmond, winner of the 19th Edition of the "Gala Fransaskois""

"The solidity of his art...we were all in agreement that it had to be recognized." (comment by Cécile Denis, judge in the 2008 Gala fransaskois) - Radio-Canada

"Scott Richmond, winner again at Chant'Ouest"

Scott Richmond, winner of this years Chant'Ouest and of the People's Choice Award. - Radio-Canada

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"Scott Richmond en toute intimité à Regina"

C’est le vendredi 6 que Scott Richmond remontait sur la scène réginoise au Artful Dodger Café.

La première partie du spectacle a été assurée par l’auteur-compositeur-interprète Colter Wall. Ce chanteur country, à la voix rappelant le charismatique Johnny Cash, a séduit le public dès qu’il eut commencé à gratter sa guitare. Après quelques prestations, il annonça qu’en juin prochain, il sera possible de se procurer son tout premier disque.

Après quelques minutes d’attente, Scott Richmond est monté sur scène devant une foule de près de 180 personnes. Composé de fidèles fans de l’auteur-compositeur-interprète, le public a accueilli chaleureusement le Réginois. Dans une ambiance sympathique, Richmond a chanté ses succès, accompagné de la délicate voix de sa sœur Angèle et la voix puissante de la fransaskoise Christie-Anne Blondeau.

L’ambiance était des plus vibrantes et intenses, si bien qu'une coupure de courant est survenue peu après le début du spectacle. Le batteur a improvisé un solo de batterie afin de combler temporairement le manque d’amplification du son, mais les musiciens ont vite constaté que la coupure serait plus longue que prévue. Ils sont donc descendus de scène pour se placer au milieu de la salle et jouer en acoustique la playlist du spectacle.

Pendant près d’une heure trente, le band a interprété sans relâche les succès de la vedette réginoise, en plus de quelques classiques de la culture country. Dans une ambiance des plus intimes, la foule dansait et chantait au rythme de la musique, tout en éclairant les musiciens de leurs téléphones cellulaires. Malgré la chaleur et la fatigue de sa voix, Scott Richmond a pu compter sur la coopération et l’écoute attentive de la foule pour continuer sa performance.

Après 1 h 30 de chansons acoustiques, l’électricité est réapparue, au bonheur de tous. Les musiciens sont retournés sur scène, sans pause, afin de continuer leur performance.

L'artiste, que j'ai pu interpeller à la fin du spectacle, m'a confié : « C’est la première fois que ça m’arrive ce genre de situation. J’espère qu’on a bien rattrapé le coup et que les gens ont apprécié! ».

Après avoir chanté ses succès anglophones, Scott Richmond a profité de l’occasion pour interpréter la ballade française Aline du célèbre Christophe, agréable clin d’œil à ses racines fransaskoises.

Il va sans dire que les Fransaskois présents s’époumonaient sur les paroles de la ballade, de même que les anglophones qui se laissaient porter sur les notes de la mélodie.

Samedi soir, Scott était en spectacle dans sa ville natale dans le cadre du Carnaval Mardi Gras fransaskois de Gravelbourg. Le 18 février prochain, il s’envolera vers Kansas City au Missouri, où il participera à la conférence annuelle du Folk Alliance Internationale. Cette alliance se veut une communauté internationale visant à supporter, réseauter et offrir des opportunités aux quelque 3 000 membres de l’industrie Folk partout à travers le monde. Une belle expérience pour le jeune artiste qui dit avoir bien hâte d’assister à cette conférence.

Scott Richmond est un auteur-compositeur-interprète fransaskois, originaire de Gravelbourg en Saskatchewan. Habitant maintenant à Regina, Scott est de retour dans sa terre natale après s’être promené dans près de douze de pays, durant les cinq dernières années, afin d’y composer ses succès. C’est d’ailleurs en 2012 qu’il a enregistré son tout premier album Come What May à Nashville, au Tennessee. - L'eau Vive


Come what may (2014)



Scott Richmond is a Regina-based musician and singer-songwriter who has been capturing the attention of listeners everywhere with his unique and soulful take on folk-country and rock and roll. His debut album, Come What May, released in 2014, was recorded in Nashville, TN with such luminaries as Colin Linden (Blackie and The Rodeo Kings) and Kris Wilkinson (Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young). It went on to reach the Top 20 on multiple folk and roots charts across Canada and was named the number one country/roots album of 2014 by the Winnipeg Free Press. 

Since the album’s release, Richmond has toured extensively, performing shows throughout parts of Western Canada, the United States and South America, garnering attention for his engaging lyrics, virile and gutsy voice, and dynamic performance style. He was selected as a showcase artist at BreakOut West during the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards and at the 2015 Folk Alliance International Music Conference in Kansas City, MO. 

Kerry Doole of Exclaim Magazine has described Richmond’s music as “stunningly compelling” and “a perfect vehicle for his literate and gritty folk meets country material”. The Regina-based musician is currently in the midst of recording his much anticipated sophomore album and whether he is performing solo or with his band, in the studio or for a live audience, Richmond continues to make music that is captivating listeners everywhere.  

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