Johnny 'Chops' Richardson: Austin, Texas
Johnny 'Chops' Richardson, Country Artist
Austin, Texas

Born into a musical family in Lubbock, Texas, Johnny “Chops” 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

On the new collection, which will release in early spring, Johnny 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 have 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.”
For more on Johnny “Chops” Richardson, please follow the artist on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Also, be sure to buy his new single on iTunes, 'Believer'.
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Mount Bonnell.

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Movies at the Alamo Drafthouse.

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The sound of a great band leaking out the front door of the Continental Club

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Tie between enchiladas at Casa Garcias on William Cannon and Manchaca or the smell (and taste) of Valentina’s brisket.

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A Mexican Martini at Trudy’s.

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"Texas Flood," by Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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Welcome to Austin! Uh, no, no, no… don’t worry, it's just really hot here, come back…it’s heaven, I promise, it just FEELS like that other place…

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