Richmond concert and studio dedication is October 1
Jim, Ed, and Don Richmond, sons of Adams State vocal professor Edward Richmond, will celebrate the release of their new CD "Roots and Branches" in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct.1, in Leon Memorial Concert Hall on the Adams State campus. Tickets are $20 and all profits from the concert and CD sales will go to a scholarship fund to benefit future Adams State vocal students. Tickets are available at the Adams State Music Department Office and Narrow Gauge Books in downtown Alamosa.
The three brothers came together in 2009 from their busy and separate lives to begin the recording of "Roots and Branches" as a celebration and expression of their love of music and for the joy of doing a project together. The songs they selected for the project were songs gathered along the pathways of their lives -- songs that had meaning and significance to them for one reason or another. The brothers decided to put the profits from sales of the CD toward the Richmond Scholarship, which was first established in their father's name when he passed away in 1982.
Jim Richmond began playing in local bands while attending Alamosa High School, graduating in 1965, and then moving to the Denver-Boulder area to pursue his musical career while attending CU. He later followed the music to Texas and toured around the country while playing with the Tennessee Hat Band and such artists as David Allen Coe, Rusty Weir, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Jack Ingram and Tommy Alverson. Jim is still playing around Texas with the popular band Three Fools on Three Stools and also teaches high school physics in North Richland Hills, Texas.
Don Richmond also began playing in bands around Alamosa while still in high school and then helped form the popular regional band Tumbleweed in 1973, playing in that band until 1990, when he began playing more in the Taos and Santa Fe music scenes with bands such as No Strings Attached, Rock Bottom Band, Hired Hands, and his current band the Rifters. He also followed a solo career as a singer-songwriter, releasing six CDs under his own name. Around 1990 Don began recording other artists and helping them release their own CDs, establishinghis studio Howlin' Dog Recording, where he has recorded and played on well over a hundred releases for local, regional and national artists.
Ed Richmond chose not to follow the path of music professionally, working in high-tech manufacturing and computer network administration, but his love of the music was never far away. He sang at many a gathering and sing-along, and as anyone who hears the "Roots and Branches" CD can attest, more than holds his own with his more experienced brothers.
Adams State Homecoming Weekend is September 30 and October 1. It is certainly a homecoming for the Richmond brothers, who will be joined for the concert by several other area musicians as well as some native Alamosans coming home from far away for the occasion, like keyboardist Sam Hendricks flying up from Austin, Texas, and possibly Bill Clark coming in from Maryland.
The Adams State Music Building recently underwent substantial remodeling and expansion, including the addition of a dedicated recording studio facility, which will be named the Richmond Recording Studio, in honor of Edward Richmond, at a dedication ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. The building will be open for tours the same evening between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. These events are free and open to the public.
The Richmond Brothers Reunion and Fundraiser Concert tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Adams State Music Department or the Narrow Gauge Bookstore in Alamosa. Currently the "Roots and Branches" CDs are available for sale at Firedworks, Treasure Alley, the Alamosa Food Coop, Narrow Gauge Books, and the Green Spot, all located in Alamosa. Call 719-587-7621 for information.