Born and raised in New Orleans, Richard has been playing the guitar since the age of 16, and can be seen here on guitar, around 1961, along with the Infernos backing-up Big Joe Turner.
He recorded Fee-Fi-Jumbo-Li with Eddie Bo, and worked with Jerry Burns, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Eddie Powers, Bobby Mitchell, Oliver Morgan, Art & Aaron Neville, Big Joe Turner, Jean Knight, Ernie K-Doe, Tommy Ridgley, The Sugar Lumps, The Tick Tocks, The Barrons, Gerri Hall, Benny Spellman, and Joe Jose Francois.
Shown here backing-up Tommy Ridgley at the House of Blues in New Orleans
Richard has performed and recorded with Kermit Venable & Beau Bassin Cajun Band, Allen Fontenot and the Country Cajuns and Three time Grammy Award Songwriter Winner Al Rapone and Queen Ida (first lady to receive a Grammy Award for Zydeco Music).
He has also worked with many other Cajun groups such as: LaTouche, The Re-cycled Cajuns, Curtis Coubello and the Can't Hardly Playboys.
The “N-Turns” were formed when some of the best New Orleans local musicians came together just to record these original songs for this cd. There is much history involved with these musicians and the making of this CD. Here is a brief description of the talent that went into these recordings.
Vocals by Michael Demola, (Vocals). Mike was formally of the 1960’s Masque Lounge “Infernos” band. The sweetness of Michael’s voice hides his dynamic “live” performances where he invites the audience to join him... standing on chairs, tables, bars, and in some venues, people were actually swinging from the exposed ceiling beams during the performance