JOHNNY CHOPS To Perform at Steamboat Music Fest (Jan 6 & 7)

December 18, 2018 by 1888media

Hot on the heels of his ‘Lone Star Holiday’ tour of Texas, guitar-slinging, singer-songwriter Johnny “Chops” Richardson has announced two appearances at the 34th annual MusicFest in Steamboat Springs, CO.

Presented by Dickson Productions, the acclaimed MusicFest, held at Steamboat Ski & Resort, is the only festival that brings the finest Texas and Americana music to the snow, sweeping the Colorado Rockies for a full week of sport and song.

Over six days from January 5-10, fans will be treated to 200+ hours of live performances featuring free après-ski concerts, evening concerts at varied locations and special engagements. This year’s edition features an increasingly diverse line up of artists with styles ranging from country to rock, blues to bluegrass, folk and western swing and everything in between.

Scheduled to appear are Turnpike Troubadours, Reckless Kelly, Cody Canada & The Departed, Dirty River Boys, Bri Bagwell, Kimberly Dunn, Hayes Carll, American Aquarium, and Jack Ingram. Chops will play with Randy Rogers Band, as their longtime bassist, on Sunday, January 6 at 9:30pm with a solo show on Monday, January 7 at 8:35pm in the Dung Beetle Saloon.

The appearances will continue to promote his critically-acclaimed sophomore album, Johnny Chops & The Razors. Christened, “Powerful, lyrically and musically,” by The Rock Father Magazine, the album was co-produced by Reckless Kelly guitarist David Abeyta, who helped Johnny establish a signature sound, one that Glide Magazine dubbed “an eclectic mix of bluesy southern boogie, vintage tones, southern soul, and pure rock ’n’ roll.” Americana tastemaker No Depression championed “Ten Cent Talkers,” the album’s rambunctious third single.

“The Razors” refer to his all-star studio crew which includes Reckless Kelly co-vocalist Cody BraunEric “Ebo” Borash (John Fogerty, Radney Foster, Jack Ingram), Aden Bubeck (touring bassist for Miranda Lambert), The Gospel Starz, and rising star Brandy Zdan, who duets on a cover of the Willie Dixon classic, “I Just Want To Make Love To You.”

During the course of the 11-track trek, Richardson guides the listener on an expansive journey of geography and history. From the foot-stomping Louisiana grit of “Believer,” to the Southern muscle of “Medicine,” from the soulful Memphis swing of “Tombstone Flowers,” and “Taking a Chance on Me,” to the bluesy Texas twang of “Ten Cent Talkers,” and “Gimme Sugar,” to the Motown boogie-woogie of “Rock Bottom, to the Crossroads-inducing, gut-check of the blistering 7-minute “Only When You’re Breathing,” Chops and The Razors aptly strut their stuff.

Logging 100-150 dates per year, playing solo shows and touring throughout the U.S. with Randy Rogers Band, with whom he’s played bass since 2002, Richardson will be on the road throughout 2019.

Tour Dates:
12/13 – Conroe, TX @ Red Brick Tavern
12/14 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s (w/ Reckless Kelly)
12/15 – San Angelo, TX @ Penny Tap House
12/20 – San Antonio, TX @ Sam’s Burger Joint (w/ Jack Ingram)
12/21 – Amarillo, TX @ Hoot’s Pub
12/22 – New Braunfels, TX @ River House Snack Bar
12/27 – Round Rock, TX @ Round Rock Tavern
12/28 – Uvalde, TX @ Lone Star Saloon*
12/29 – San Antonio, TX @ Cowboys Dancehall*
12/31 – Fort Worth, TX @ Billy Bob’s Texas*
01/04 – Denver, CO @ Grizzly Rose*
01/06 – Steamboat Springs, CO @ The MusicFest*
01/07 – Steamboat Springs, CO @ The MusicFest
01/11 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues*
01/12 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues*
*w/ Randy Rogers Band
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