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Richard Wilson is a soulful ,electric blues and gospel artist living and performing in Memphis.

He writes smooth melodic songs with a swing and jazz feel ,drawing soulful inspiration from his new hometown.

Originally from UK - his sound has been influenced by a wide range of music : basically everything from Bobby Darin to The Staple Singers via Muddy Waters!

Performing weekly in Memphis he has become recognized as a familiar face on the music scene and Radio Memphis.

He grew up in the 1960’s listening to the Beatles, sixties folk music such as Peter Paul and Mary,Donovan and Simon and Garfunkel- and learned to play guitar with traditional folk songs.

The emergence of Punk and New Wave in 1977 in the UK , galvanized him to write songs , form a band , play live and create an individual sound - which was the requirement at the time: basically start something exciting, new and fresh!

Switching to bass he fronted many different New Wave bands -inspired by the energy of The Police and The Stranglers- playing his own compositions.

Playing in pubs and the university circuit in the early 1980’s toughened up his performance and songwriting chops.

He has always been influenced by a wide range of music ,primarily: blues, soul ,jazz and gospel - the bedrock of all music in his view.

Wilson summarizes his current writing style as follows:

If you like the smoothness of Bobby Darin with the blues shuffles of Howling Wolf and a little gospel, tinged with jazz overtones - this is for you - an all original genre!

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Wilson naturally and organically fuses a jazz sensibility with a subtle blues influence to create sparse, soulful songs that could have been crafted in the ’50s.

Alex Greene - Music Editor -Memphis Flyer

Albums

https://soundcloud.com/richard-wilson-159

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