Richard March
Richard March "That young man can turn a phrase…he’s a good ‘un.” –Ramblin’ Jack Elliott * * * More "train of thought" than "stream of conscious," more realist than impressionist, Richard March is a song craftsman who spins narratives from the people and places he's known. Born in the summer of '69 to public school teachers, Richard is the third of four children raised in the bay area. After studying music at San Francisco State University, Richard kicked around the local coffeehouse and club scene, becoming part of a thriving songwriter community and sharing the stage with local favorites Matt Nathanson, Noe Venable, Ben Graves and Box Set. He recorded two albums while living in San Francisco, "The Bridge" in 1994, and a self-titled disc in 1999. Both were well-received, garnering him showcase opportunities in radio personality Bonnie Simmon's SFO1 Conference and the city-wide "Making Waves Music Festival." After a stint in Nashville, Richard found himself in Sacramento in 2001 where he grabbed the attention of local critics and music fans alike, quickly putting together a band of accomplished musicians from throughout Northern California. In 2004, he released "These Dreams", his most country effort to date, drawing comparisons to the work of Johns Hartford, Prine and Hiatt. The album was well-reviewed by local critics and received local and regional radio play, with the positive press keeping him busy performing in the region. Now a five-time Sammie (Sacramento Area music awards) nominee, Richard and band (featuring Tyler Ragle on bass, Kevin "the father" Priest on drums and Steve Randall, Outstanding Guitar Sammie winner in 2006, on electric guitar) have just released his fourth album, LEVEE ROAD, to a packed house at Marilyn's on K on March 23rd, 2007. Join Richard & band every Wednesday night as they've hosted the weekly series "The Americana Ramble" at Marilyn's on K since February 15th, 2006. In conjunction with Swell Productions, Richard (solo, duo or full band) has shared the stage with a range of well-known Americana acts since the Ramble's inception, including Ramblin' Jack Elliott, The Tennessee Three, John Hammond, Lee Rocker, Bill Morrissey, Nick Gravenites, David LaFlamme, Steve Forbert and more. * * *