John Del Toro Richardson grew up around Houston, Texas, and you can hear it in every note he sings and plays. You can hear the Latin music that is his birthright – his uncles, aunts and grandparents played in touring mariachi bands, and often got together to play on the back porch. You can also hear the influence of the country and R&B music that was played in his home, particularly the blues that drifted strongly over his grandparents’ backyard fence from the next neighborhood and took hold with John to be the centerpiece of his musical identity.
As a guitar player, Richardson's general approach to making music is what you’d call a steady rolling blues man – loping, rumbling, and swaggering through a tune, determinedly unstoppable with the rest of us happy to be along for the ride. His playing style draws from a page out of Albert King’s book that a lot of guitarists would benefit from studying, the one that warns against choking the life out of a note to substitute angst-laden sustain for creativity.
LocationEmpress Lounge, 330 Virginia St, Vallejo, CA 94590
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