Don Richmond’s home, home on the web
Hello, my dear friends out in the wide world! Thanks for stopping by my website. If I’ve been doing my job keeping up with things, there’ll be occasionally updated info on the activities of Don Richmond (go to the blog page), The Rifters (the band I currently play with), Hired Hands, Howlin’ Dog Records and Recording, and music in general in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. You can order recordings from Don, The Rifters, Hired Hands, my old group Tumbleweed, or lots of other people through the Howlin’ Dog Records link. You can also order a copy of my book Getting Your Music Past the Fear (to order, click this link) or look at some excerpts. Check it out, and let us know what you think!
About Don Richmond –
Don is a multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter, performing on guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, pedal steel guitar, dobro, harmonica, accordion and trumpet. He has been making his living playing music in the Colorado – New Mexico area since about 1970. For 17 years he was a member of the Colorado band Tumbleweed, which achieved a strong and devoted following around the region for their varied country-rock-whatever-they-wanted-to-play sort of show. He made the move toward more acoustic-folk-bluegrass music with Rock Bottom Band, and later Taos-based Hired Hands, and thus began performing more in New Mexico in the Taos and Santa Fe music scenes. Don has released six solo recording projects as well as four with Tumbleweed, three with Hired Hands, and three with the Rifters, the band Don has been playing with since 2004. Don also owns and runs the recording studio Howlin’ Dog Recording and has recorded and often played on numerous recording projects (and live shows) by area artists such as Chipper Thompson, Kim and the Caballeros, Bill Hearne, Rick Fowler, Michael Hearne, and many others. He has composed and recorded musical soundtracks for three documentary films seen nationally and internationally; Still Waiting – Life After Katrina, seen nationally on PBS, the civil rights documentary We Did It All Ourselves, aired on PBS and seen at international film festivals, and Roy Bedichek’s Vanishing Frontier that also aired nationally on PBS. Don has also been Artist in Residence and Aesthetic Institute Instructor with the Colorado Council on the Arts and has authored a book on the psychology of creativity and performance titled Getting Your Music Past the Fear, available through Amazon. There is also a website devoted specifically to the book – www.musicandfear.com .