John Richards is a world class jazz and blues player and BMI songwriter with over 50 years of professional music experience. He continues to gift the world with his amazing guitar playing and vocals.
John is a Nashville born and raised who began his career playing as a teen on the famed Ernest Tubb “Midnight Jamboree”. He has backed many legends, including Tanya Tucker and Barbara Mandrell, and was named the Marion James Blues Society's Guitar Player of the Year. His work has been featured on NPR, and on the PBS series Jazz.
Richards is at home in multiple musical genres, including country, pop, rock, blues, and his true love, jazz, for which he is known worldwide. He has been compared to Django Reindhart, George Benson, Lenny Breau and Chet Atkins.
He is one of those rare guitarists who can take a song you thought you were familiar with, and show you a music inside it that you never knew was there. The song can be jazz, blues, country, or a pop standard, and the effect is the same: a musical revelation.
Using chords the way most players use melody notes, he weaves together a new tapestry that remains true to the spirit of the song he is playing. His vocals complete the picture; without affectation, they go to the heart of a lyric and his orginal compositons are at the same high level.
John has performed on stage as Django Reinhart in the Broadway play "All That Jazz", and in the production of "Blues, the Father of Jazz". Television appearances include the Ralph Emery show, The Bill Anderson Show, The Young Country Boyce Hawkins Show a live special for Windows on the Cumberland, and WSMV's Saturday Morning Show, and he has toured with his late friend Vassar Clements.