Richard’s first solo CD, “Seventh Day: Acoustic Lap Steel Guitar”, has aired on CBC Radio 1 and on over 100 other blues and roots music programs throughout North America and around the world, receiving critical acclaim here at home and overseas (see “The Reviews”). “Seventh Day” documents the evolution of traditional blues and roots music from the 20th century into the 21st, all rather unconventionally adapted for the acoustic lap steel guitar. We hear the metamorphosis of blues, gospel, and country into early rock ‘n’ roll- all thematically underpinned by a handful of original songs. The CD highlights Richard’s solo work, although, on a couple of tracks he does get a little help from his friends Suzie Vinnick and Carlos del Junco, both multiple Maple Blues Award winners, and Juno nominees. The result, while evocative of blues and folk traditions, is transformational: leading to a vibrant reconsideration of acoustic roots music.
Maverick, the UK’s leading independent roots music magazine, featured “Your Papa Don’t Know”, one of Richard’s original songs, on a covermount CD.