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Jonn Richardson's musical journey began at an early
age. He was raised in a musical family, with his grandmother and her
brothers all being singers. It spread to his uncles--all musicians--and
finally to Jonn. He received his first guitar from his Uncle Tino who
was home for a brief moment from touring. The guitar was a box full of
guitar parts with a body and a neck and two strings. Jonn put it
together and made it work. His other Uncle infected him about the same
time when he took Jonn to a gig with him where Jonn heard something that
would change him forever: an eight piece big city blues band, known as
Bert Wills and the Crying Shames.
Jonn has found himself on stage with many of his musical heros such as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Johnnie Johnson, Willie "Pinetop" Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Steady Rollin Bob Margolin, Earl Gilliam, I. J.Gosey, Texas Johnny Brown, Guitar Shorty, Otis Taylor, and many others. He is welcomed on stage by the blues elite as a young player with style and intensity who caries the torch and is respected by the great players.
Jonn and Diunna now tour nationally and internationally, as a major act for blues festivals - with several dates a year in Switzerland. He has played Category 5 amps for the past year and has been instrumental in their development. His amp of choice is an Andrew x 2 x 10 combo.