Scott Richmond is Saskatchewan-born singer-songwriter who grew up on a farm just north of Gravelbourg, a small, historically French-speaking community in the south-central region of the province. Growing up, AM country radio would be his main source of music, as well as his parents’ and grandparents’ record collections, which included Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA, Waylon Jenning’s Greatest Hits, and Garth Brooks’ In Pieces. However, it wasn’t until the age of 19 that Richmond began to teach himself to play a guitar he bought with student loan money while attending the University of Regina. By the age of 22, he had won two French-language music competitions, the provincial Gala fransaskois and the Western-Canadian Chant’Ouest, and had been a finalist in the Festival International de la Chanson in Granby, QC, the most prestigious singer-songwriter competition in French Canada.
Following these competitions, Richmond moved to Medellin, Colombia where he worked as a teacher from 2008 to 2010, and where he also did community work with children on weekends. During this time, he also travelled across much of Latin America, an experience that would forever change the songwriters perception of the world. In 2011, Richmond moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he continued developing as a songwriter, and in 2012 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee with his soon-to-be wife, Susannah, his former co-worker in Medellin, Colombia. After several months of living in Nashville, Richmond met with Gabe Masterson, the head engineer at EastSide Manor Studios and developed a plan to record his debut album.
Over a period of 23 days, Richmond recorded his songs with the help of such luminaries as Colin Linden (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, The Band, Bob Dylan), Kris Wilkinson (Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Garth Brooks), and Kim Morrison (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., Ray Charles) to create what would prove to be a truly remarkable debut album. Since the release of Come What May in the spring of this year, the album has been catching the attention of fans, press, and music industry pros alike. Richmond’s songs are receiving airplay on more than 40 radio stations across Canada, his album has reached the Top 20 on multiple independent folk and roots charts, he is making guest appearances on TV and radio for stations like CTV, CBC, Radio-Canada, and GlobalTV, and he performed two showcases at BreakOut West 2014 during the Western Canadian Music Awards. His album has been described as “stunningly compelling” by Kerry Doole of Exclaim! magazine, who also added that “Richmond has a virile, gutsy voice a mite reminiscent of Eddie Vedder, and it’s a perfect vehicle for his literate and gritty folk meets country material. A real contender.”
For his live performance, Richmond and his band combine world-class musicianship with a dynamic and soulful performance, recreating the beauty and innovativeness that his music is known for. Whether it is his high-energy folk or his gritty country doused in blues, Richmond has been captivating listeners all over the world with his poignant lyrics, his enchanting melodies, and his soulful vocals. He is regarded as “an exciting new talent”, as confirmed by Bruce Leperre of CKDM Radio, who adds, “I expect Richmond to make big waves in the world of music.”