New Artist: Richard J Watson

Technically a child of the West Country, Richard J Watson has lived in a number of locations around the UK, including a few years in Scotland.

With parents not of a musical persuasion, music didn’t figure in any great way until he became a Morris dancer and joined in with the associated folk scene. Three chord guitar playing soon faded after a motorcycle accident made the Morris impossible, and it was not until 2009 that circumstances required a passtime, when Watson took up the guitar in a more determined manner.

Richard consciously chose to write his own material from the start, and despite not being an avid blues fan he found that songs in a blues-to-folk via Americana style is what came out naturally. The songs often comment on social issues garnered from his life journey from privilege to homelessness to being ‘comfortable’ today, bodding around the Stoke arts and music scene.

After cutting his teeth on the local open mic circuit, Richard has grown to playing at local festivals and venues and has appeared on BBC and other local radio stations, co-hosting a show for around a year. There’s nothing he likes better than travelling to new venues and playing to new faces.

Richard also formed a band, Randall’s Stone, but though successful and even featuring on the BBC’s ‘Inside Out’ programme, after a while he concluded that he was better able to express his songs as a solo artist.

Richard has recently created his first album, ‘Under The Stone’, released in 2019, with a lot of help from his friends.

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Also, take a listen to Watson’s track ‘Randall’s Stone’, below…


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