Chad Richard (pronounced REE-shard) is a native of the Sabine River bottom, where the river merges Louisiana with Texas’ soil as it winds along. Steeped in the mingling influences of the region, Richard’s songwriting and musical sensibilities fuse Cajun, Texas swing, country and blues styles into an effortlessly born offspring of each side of the river.
Richard writes songs from the heart. Like so many of us, he has loved, laughed, experienced fatherhood, suffered break-up, sorrow, and divorce, and loved again. The experiences of trying to do all the right things as single Dad shaped his songwriting in unique ways, as much as the musical influences surrounding him did. Holding it all together by day, working in a chemical plant, he’d still play solo gigs at night. When Walt Wilkins happened upon Richard at one of these gigs in 2012, Wilkins invited Richard to sit in Wilkins’ band, at about the same time Todd Purifoy (producer and photographer for the Texas Music Scene) approached him about making a record. Forces aligned, connections solidified and before long Walt was producing Richard’s successful debut album: Veteran’s Grocery (2015).
His second release, Worthy Cause (2019), was recorded at Jumping Dog Studio in Austin, Texas. Again Richard turned to Walt Wilkins (Sam Baker, Jason Eady, Susan Gibson) for production and the album was engineered by Ron Flynt. In addition to Richard’s songwriting, acoustic guitar and vocals, other musicians contributing to the album include Wilkins and Flynt, Marian Brackney on fiddle, Chip Dolan (The Band of Heathens, Greg Trooper) on pianos and organs, Geoff Queen (Kelly Willis, Jason Boland & the Stragglers) on steel guitar, and Corby Schaub (Ryan Bingham) on lap steel. The rhythm section is Ray Rodriguez on drums and Bill Small on bass.
Worthy Cause is an album with songs characterized by stories as only Richard can tell them. “Slow Rollin’ Stateline” spins a tale of growing up on the Texas/LA border with “Zydeco to the east, Texas swing to the west,” as the song bears the musical marks of those influences. “German Angel” recounts a story of a couple living in a historic German house in the Texas Hill country, where the wife believes a ghost resides to watch over the manor, as told from the ghost’s perspective. “Worthy Cause” highlights Richard’s riveting vocals over hushed acoustic guitar and pedal steel, with an imperfect man’s tribute of gratitude towards the good, faithful woman who loves him. “Waters Rise” was inspired by Richard’s first hand experience of the kindness and humanity that shone through the floodwaters in the wake of hurricane Harvey – “waters rise, but people rise above.” “12 More Days of Blue” narrates the poignant tribulations of a loving, single Dad as he masks adult pain in order to experience the best with his child. The entire record showcases Richard’s striking ability to commandeer attention with his powerful vocal presence and compelling direct narrative style.
"I got my first real paying job when I was 11 years old. The man I went to work for gave me some advice. He said “Don’t ever turn something you love into your job! When you do you’ll soon lose the love for it!” I always remembered that and always kept music as a part time escape from my less than favorite job for fear of losing the love for it. Now with 30 years in a chemical plant and only 2 years left till I retire from this less than favorite job, I’m beginning to wonder if just maybe, there’s a possibility, that perhaps, he may have been full of shit!" - Chad Richard
"Chad doesn’t ever have to insist on himself - His completely unique Louisiana-Texas-Soul-Country voice grabs the listener, and in just a few minutes, everyone who hears him likes him," - Walt Wilkins, Texas Songwriting Legend, Producer
Chad Richard - Worthy Cause (2019)
1. Slow Rollin State Line 4:03
2. Love Anyway 2:54
3. German Angel 3:41
4. Right Now 3:26
5. Worthy Cause 5:43
6. Fredericksburg 3:08
7. Waters Rise 3:28
8. The Big and The Little Hand 4:25
9. My Name 3:04
10. 12 More Days of Blue 3:49
11. Shawdy and a Shiner 3:01
12. The game 3:50
All Songs FCC Clean
Focus Tracks: 2, 3, 7, 10
All songs Written By Chad Richard, Barn Noise Publishing (BMI)
RECORDING & PRODUCTION CREDITS:
Produced by Walt Wilkins & Ron Flynt
Recorded at Jumping Dog Studio, Austin, Tx.
Mastered by Jerry Tubb at Terra Nova Mastering, Austin, Tx
Chad Richard-Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Walt Wilkins- Acoustic & Electric Guitars & Percussion
Ray Rodriguez- Drums & Percussion
Bill small- Bass
Corby Schaub-Lap Steel Guitar
Chip Dolan- Piano, Wurlitzer Piano, & B3 organ
Marian Brackney- Fiddle/Violin & Viola
Geoff Queen- Steel Guitar & Dobro
Ron Flynt- Bass, "Waters Rise" & "Shawdy and a Shiner"
Piano, "Waters Rise" & "Worthy Cause"
Wurlitzer Piano, "My Name"
B3 organ, "12 More Days of Blue" & "Waters Rise"
Matt Giles- Electric Guitar, "Slow Rollin State Line"
Kurt Baumer- Fiddle, "Fredericksburg"
Harmonies- Walt Wilkins & Tina Mitchell Wilkins
Artwork- Julie Sckittone
Photography- Cory Hoover Photography