Johnny "Chops" Richardson, of Randy Rogers Band, Issues Soulful New Single "Taking A Chance On Me"
Otis Redding-Inspired Track Features The Gospel Starz and Appears on Sophomore Album 'JOHNNY CHOPS & THE RAZORS' (March 23). Official Video Premiere via GLIDE Magazine. Solo Texas Shows + Jan/Feb U.S. Tour Dates with Randy Rogers Band
Born into a musical family in Lubbock, Texas, Richardson lives and breathes music, in particular, the craft of writing songs, which he's successfully been doing for the past two decades. Influenced by Tom Petty, Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, and Social Distortion, he's landed several songs on albums by the Randy Rogers Band, whom he's played bass with since 2002. His contributions include "Ten Miles Deep," a staple of RRB's live show, "Last Last Chance," which garnered a Texas Music Chart #1, "Shotgun" a cinematic, hard driving country rocker from the acclaimed Trouble album and "Wicked Ways," which was chosen for the band's appearance on Late Night with David Letterman.
Richardson's first foray into a solo career began with 2013's Sticks & Stones which No Depression dubbed an "Entertaining romp of raunchy blues, country twang, sparse folk and soulful rhythms." The album featured the emotional anthems, "Coming Home Easy," and "Heartbreak Goodbye," both of which became most requested at radio and during his live show.
Buoyed by the incredible response to his debut, Richardson began writing a new batch of songs in 2015 and finally entered the studio at the end of 2016 to begin recording. On the new collection, which releases March 23, Chops seeks to establish a signature sound, featuring bluesy grit and soulful vocals all backed by a all-star band, The Razors. For his new sonic adventure, Richardson teamed up with Reckless Kelly guitarist David Abeyta to co-produce. Building on the bold muscular sound of Sticks & Stones, Chops and Abeyta commissioned a heavyweight cast that includes RK co-vocalist Cody Braun, Eric "Ebo" Borash (John Fogerty, Radney Foster, Jack Ingram), Aden Bubeck (touring bassist for Miranda Lambert) and rising star Brandy Zdan, who duets on a cover of the Willie Dixon classic, "I Just Want To Make Love To You." Tracked at Cedar Creek Studio in Austin, ground zero to recordings by Jimmy LaFave, Wayne Hancock, Kris Kristofferson, James McMurtry, Uncle Tupelo, who immortalized their final opus, "Anodyne," and the Dixie Chicks who used the facility to craft their 6x Platinum album, "Home."
On the road 100-150 shows per year with the Randy Rogers Band, Richardson currently resides in Austin with his wife, Andy, and their two stubborn rescued Basset hounds, Reggie and Emmylou.
Jan 10 - Austin, TX @ Guero's Taco Bar (Texas Radio Live)
Jan 11 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill
Jan 12 - Lake Charles, LA @ Golden Nugget*
Jan 13 - Norman, OK @ Riverwind Casino*
Jan 17 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox at the Market*
Jan 18 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom*
Jan 19 - Boise, WA @ Knitting Factory*
Jan 20 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory*
Jan 24 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater*
Jan 25 - Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues*
Jan 26 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues*
Jan 27 - Mesa, AZ @ Denim & Diamonds*
Feb 02 - Chicago, IL @ Joe's on Weed St*
Feb 03 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater*
Feb 09 - College Station, TX @ Hurricane Harry's*
Feb 10 - Donna, TX @ Chisholm Trail Festival*
Feb 14/18 - Kansas City, MO @ Folk Alliance International
Feb 23 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works*
Mar 14 - Austin, TX @ SanJac Saloon
*w/ Randy Rogers Band
Sticks & Stones (2013)
"Believer" (single) [10/13/17]
"Taking A Chance On Me" (single) [1/12/18]
Johnny Chops & The Razors (March 23, 2018)