October 26, 2017 by 1888media
Armed with powerful imagery that shows that faith and trusting your instincts can overcome superstitious fears, music tastemaker The Boot has premiered “Believer,” the intoxicating new video from Austin singer-songwriter Johnny “Chops” Richardson.
Born into a musical family in Lubbock, Texas, Johnny 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.
“Believer” is the first single from Richardson’s forthcoming sophomore album, Johnny Chops & The Razors (due spring 2018). On the new collection, Richardson 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 his debut opus, 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.”
On the road 100-150 shows per year with the Randy Rogers Band, Richardson currently resides in Austin with his wife, Andy, and their two stubborn rescued Basset hounds, Reggie and Emmylou.
Jan 13 – Norman, OK @ Riverwind Casino*
Jan 24 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater*
Feb 02 – Chicago, IL @ Joe’s on Weed St*
Feb 03 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater*