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Kris Richards is already well known throughout the Maritimes (Canada) for his versatility as a lead guitarist. The 24-year-old Music Arts grad has played the biggest stage east of Montreal at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, where his band shared the same bill as country sensations, Eric Church and Toby Keith. Kris has also performed at the East Coast Music Awards, Music Nova Scotia Week, The Tall Ships Festival, The International Balloon Fiesta and many other festivals.
In addition to opening for Canadian artists, including Doc Walker, The Stellas, Jason Blaine and Tara Oram, Kris has opened for American acts including Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, and Joe Diffie. He has performed with the Toronto-based group, Classic Albums Live. Kris Richards has also had televised performances on Breakfast Television and on Candy Palmater’s (Nova Scotia Music Weeks Award Gala 2011 host) nationally broadcasted hit, The Candy Show.
Kris has recorded with Australian artist Kat La Key, and local musicians, including New Brunswick award winning ECMA country singer, Mike Biggar; Young Performer of the Year, Molly Thomason; Paul Randy Mingo, Yvette d’Entrement; Kelly Blair; and Alexa d’Entrement. Whether it’s country-rock, jazz-fusion, blues, classic rock or honing his skills for a theatre score, Kris’ musicality makes him a sought session guitarist in the recording studio:
“Kris Richards is my #1 choice of session players when I need a top-notch, dependable guitarist. His uncanny choice of notes and unique feel, always harmonizes with what’s in my head, and as a producer, I need that transparency. Kris’s musicianship is second to none and reaches new highs every time I hear him play.”
T. Feswick (Producer, Feswick Music Productions)
When he’s not in the recording studio or on the road, Kris can be found teaching lessons, performing at private functions or composing music. Currently Kris plays with several bands (CMT’s Big in a Small Town finalists, Mark Cameron and Amanda Riley; and JD Clarke).
A talented guitarist with panache for solos, Kris is always keen for the next stage to perform on, collaborating with artists, and seeing where the open road takes him.
Kris put together this great video on the .45 Caliber OD. He really showcases the tonal versatility of the pedal when using both a Strat and a Les Paul…just like the sounds coming from a 1962 JTM 45!