Live! at the Richmonds
JES RICHMOND ..."brings to the stage such warmth, talent, and diversity to his music, that it's hard to call this anything but an adult contemporary sound, that doesn't pound or pulsate, but resonates with real life! Penned with substance and performed with passion." So says Tom Provenzano, entertainment critic with the L.A.Weekly Magazine. David Bradford, music editor for The Bloomington Voice..."I've been listening to Jes Richmond's "Full Circle" CD -the first time because it's my job, the dozen or so times after that because it's that enjoyable. If Richmond's solo acoustic show is anything like the layered driven music on this disc his act will be very popular indeed!" "Jes Richmond has indeed come Full Circle, with his first CD. As the song expresses, 'what you do comes back to you.' It's obvious that Jes has paid his dues and the hard work spent mastering his craft has brought success back to him with the release of this exciting new CD." - written to the Indianapolis Star by Ben Taylor, Master Luthier Of Indianapolis. Jes is a singer, songwriter, rhythm guitarist extraordinaire, that has worked as a professional musician in Los Angeles, California for many years. Jes hails from Shelbyville, Indiana where he got his first guitar at the age of 12 from his Grand Daddy, Major T. Jester, (his namesake, I might add!). From that day he cloistered himself with James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, Cat Stevens, Crosby Stills & Nash records and his first Yairi Alvarez. Jes learned his own style of guitar playing, hoping that what came 'naturally' might be worth something someday. After graduating high school Jes took off for parts unknown, eventually finding himself as a solo opening act in Denver and surrounding ski resorts from 1975-'79. He pushed on across the country and ended up performing at "The Great American Food & Beverage Co." from 1980-'83 having fun performing in the Bohemian environment with the likes of Peter Tork of The Monkees, Eric Lowen of Lowen & Navarro, and Vonda Shepherd of Ally McBeal fame. From 1984 through 1990 Jes became guitarist and bandleader for his casual band Topaz. During this stint, Jes was called on by many to do guitar work and vocals. He worked for Curb recording artist, Jann Browne touring and opening for The Desert Rose Band, Emmylou Harris, and Willie Nelson. In 1990 he was invited to be the premier act at a private club opening in Osaka, Japan. So, he loaded up the band and off they went. It was a 6-week gig that ended up being 2 years! Jes soon decided to make his way back across America to his native Indiana. He took a year to seek out the best players Indy had to offer, and began the Jes Richmond Band. He also traveled to Chicago quite often to do studio work for BMG Holland recording artist Faith Pillow with jazz bassist Billy Dickens. They had such sweet chemistry together, they soon started co-writing material. Recording artist Sam Bush, formerly of New Grass Revival fame recently released one of these co-writes entitled "Face Tomorrow" on Sugar Hill Records. Jes built his dream house and released his debut CD all by 1997. Jes loved life in Indiana, but lo' and behold, there's not many recording companies in that part of the world. Realizing it was time to get back to L.A., he packed it up and here he is! Upon Jes' return it didn't take long before he was signed to co-write a project for Sonoton Records out of Germany. He orchestrated this CD of library music aptly titled Acoustic In The Heartland with his collaborator Kimberly Cummings. After finishing this project, Bob Applebaum, (best mandolin player on any planet!), invited him to sing the title track on Bob's latest release, "All The Way Home". Jes is looking forward to his next experience in the musical community, hoping to add something 'special' if not inspiring to those he's working with. Since returning to Indiana, Jes has been working the clubs of Indianapolis and for private events as a solo artist, as the leader of his 5 pc. Band, The Jes Richmond Band, with his wife Vicky as a duo, in the 6 pc. ^#^jazz band Heavenly Mambo and as a member of Soul Bus with Tad Robinson and Gordon Bonham. In short, Jes Richmond is an accomplished musician with a unique perspective gained from 35 years of real-world experience.....in the studio and on the stage.... from neighborhood bars to concert stages for thousands....Jes delivers the goods! ...Jes does this every time he picks up his guitar and sings.