RICHARD BATES

The inspiration for Richard to learn to play the guitar came from the tunes of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. A twelve-string at the local pawnshop was all he could afford, but soon he mastered it and began writing his own songs.

Traditional themes of love and family wind through his songs like the red dirt roads of East Texas he grew up along; and raised under the sometimes less than watchful eye of Granny, he had a childhood of freedom and recklessness that still stirs in his music today.

No stranger to honky–tonks, Richard has played for his share of beer and enjoys the stage as much as he enjoys sitting around a fire playing with his friends and family.

His style is a great mix of Americana and good old-fashioned country that comes straight from his heart… Pass It On.