My earliest memory of music was Elvis doing his thing and "The Big Bopper" when he was a DJ in Beaumont. I would sneak my transistor radio under my pillow to listen to him at night. I grew up in an area with a rich musical history. Janis Joplin, Johnny...
My earliest memory of music was Elvis doing his thing and "The Big Bopper" when he was a DJ in Beaumont. I would sneak my transistor radio under my pillow to listen to him at night. I grew up in an area with a rich musical history. Janis Joplin, Johnny Preston, Johnny and Edgar Winter, and George Jones; just to mention a few. I started out in the second grade doing Elvis in for the whole school in the auditorium. 'Never was nervous when I was singing.
I was lucky enough to survive a near fatal bout with scarlet fever at 12 that left my eyes extremely sensitive to sunlight. I sang in bands that opened for "fever tree" from Houston, Music Machine, and many others when they appeared in Beaumont. After stints in two hometown bands (The 17th Shade and The Realms of Darkness), I relocated to Corpus Christi for three years after I had trouble accepting the notoriety brought on by several newspaper articles and radio interviews. When I left Beaumont I had one marriage, one divorce, and one "perfect for me" daughter..
I then went to Nashville, where I worked as a staff songwriter for several years ( Welbeck Music - ASCAP and Tuneupon Music - ASCAP). I got a life's education in Music City and learned song structure. I have two super sons who were born there (Also a step - son that I helped raise and still claim). In the 90's I lost feeling in my left arm as a result of three car wrecks which had taken their toll.
The third car wreck (All three my car was hit from the rear while at a complete stop) happened as I was on my way from the Vanderbilt Pain Management Center to pick up my step-son from school. A 78 year old lady hit me and when she went for her brake hit the gas pedal causing her to hit me repeatedly until a police officer in a van behind her got out and reached through her window and turned off the ignition. I've looked on the back of my car for a bulls-eye but haven't found one yet.
I was exiled to the Vanderbilt Pain Control Center in Nashville for two years until I walked away from medical treatment in early 1998. I haven't taken anything stronger than Tylenol since.
My influences weave in and out of my music ( Gordon Lightfoot, Alan Jackson, James Taylor, Beatles, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Jimmy Buffett, Hank Williams, and George Strait ). I am a writer affiliate of Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI)
I could not play the guitar for 8 years. I moved to Galveston on July 1, 1998. I do what I love after I thought I'd never be able to sing and play again. I feel very blessed. Had it not been for my daughters' direction, I would have, in all likelihood, never performed again. When I got to Galveston I was deeply depressed about not having my sons with me. My daughter and her friends pulled me out of the island blues. I still miss my sons and now that my daughter moved off the island I miss her too.
After receiving an email from HAAM I sent a song to zbands.com hoping to have it included on the "Tributes To Heroes" CD being put together for Operation Helmet (http://www.operation-helmet) to raise funds to purchase helmet kits to better protect our troops in IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN. Only the US Army provided the kits at the time. I feel fortunate that "War Is Hell" was included and is the last song on the CD with 'Taps" being played at the end. It's a song written about the Vietnam era. The CD is available through a link provided at the Operation Helmet website, as well as at my site. Dr Bob Meaders heads Operation Helmet and Cher is their celebrity spokesperson. Both have appeared before Congress and on C-Span presenting their case very elloquently.
Now I'm living on island time on the shores of Lewisville Lake.
Press Release: 06.20.2006 by Operation Helmet PRESS RELEASE: June 20, 2006 Galveston, Texas ~ ~ JD Richards is not only a prolific writer, he's also an energetic and giving part of the community, a dynamic performer and a songwriter with rare...
Press Release: 06.20.2006 by Operation Helmet PRESS RELEASE: June 20, 2006 Galveston, Texas
JD Richards is not only a prolific writer, he's also an energetic and giving part of the community, a dynamic performer and a songwriter with rare understanding of life and the ins and outs of relationships.
The one thing that JD loves as much as writing and meeting new friends is living on his island. Moving back to Galveston rather than his hometown of Beaumont added years to his life.
JD lives in Galveston and writes frequently sitting on the Galveston Seawall looking out at the Gulf of Mexico. He says with a wink and a smile that “He was born at the start and then he got older which he discovered at an early age”. Such are JD-isms and punctuate his performances. He sees life with a twist and a tongue firmly in cheek.
His earliest memory of music were Elvis doing his thing and “The Big Bopper” when he was a DJ in Beaumont and JD would sneak his transistor radio under his pillow to listen at night. He grew up in an area with a rich musical history - Janis Joplin, Johnny Preston, Johnny and Edgar Winter, and George Jones; just to mention a few. He started out in the second grade doing Elvis in mini-concerts put on for the whole school in the auditorium. He never was nervous when he was singing in the beginning. Puberty taught me to be nervous in front of pretty girls.
He grew up in bands that opened for “fever tree” from Houston, Music Machine, and many others. After stints as lead vocalist for two hometown bands in Beaumont, Texas (The 17th Shade and the Realms of Darkness), he relocated to Corpus Christi for three years when he had trouble accepting the notoriety brought on by several newspaper articles and radio interviews. He had just gone through a divorce and must have been showing his shy side.
He then went to Nashville, where he worked as a staff songwriter for several years ( Welbeck Music – ASCAP and Tuneupon Music –ASCAP). Looking back he have gone to Austin. He lived a lot in a short time and got a life’s education in Music City and two super sons (Also a step - son that he helped raise and still claims). Not to mention two more ex-wives.
Since returning to Texas,JD has written song after song. Many reflect Galveston and the people fortunate enough to live here.
Recently the “Operation Helmet” CD project selected JD’s “War Is Hell” to be the closing song on their CD to be sent to the those serving in our armed forces.
With partner, Deborah Fox, JD has formed Beachasaurus Music to be home for his songs. He will release two CDs “Beachasaurus” and “Last Old Man Of The Sea” on July 22nd at a signing/performance at Hastings in Galveston from 2 pm till 4 pm. On July 31st he will be interviewed at KPFT-FM in Houston from 3:30 pm till 4:00 pm and sing four of his tunes for Southeast Texas. His performance schedule is available at his website: http://www.myspace.com/jdrichardsgalveston. He can be reached , by phone, at 214-493-3911, or email at :
JD has volunteered his time to work for abused and ill children, and victims of domestic violence without wanting any credit.
If you wish to donate to “Operation Helmet” please got their site – www.Operation-Helmet.org and learn about their work on behalf of our troops. Semper Fi!
Below is a brief description of “Operation Helmet “ and their efforts on behalf of US troops.
Cher and Operation Helmet Join Forces to Help American Soldiers
WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/12/2006 -- Cher has teamed up with Dr. Bob Meaders, founder and president of Operation-Helmet.org to help shed light on current problems with the existing helmets being used by members of the U.S. Military, it was announced today. The Oscar winning actress and singer has committed to working with Operation Helmet to upgrade existing helmets to protect troops against blasts and impact concussions that they face in bomb blasts and motor vehicle accidents. Many of the helmets, including the new Marine Corps lightweight helmet, were designed to protect primarily against bullets and explosive fragments.
Operation Helmet's Dr. Meaders will be appearing with Cher before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces at the request of Rep. Curt Weldon (PA-R) on Thursday, June 15th, 2006 at 3:00 ET. Dr. Meaders will provide first-hand testimony on the current helmet needs as expressed by our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines and their commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan. He will discuss the four major types of helmets in use in the military today and the positive effects and benefits of upgrading the current helmets by using a pad suspension system vs. a strap or sling suspension system. The pad suspension system provides troops with more stability, protection and comfort.
Dr. Meaders will also appear with Cher on C-Span on June 14th at 9:00 a.m. EDT
About Operation Helmet
Operation Helmet is a nonpartisan, charitable grassroots effort that provides helmet upgrade kits free of charge to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. These helmet upgrade kits consist of shock-absorbing pads and a new strap system. Operation Helmet depends on tax-deductible donations. For $75-$100, depending on the manufacturer, added safety and comfort can be provided for a trooper. But donations of any amount are welcome. The donation can be designated for a specific branch of the military, a particular unit or an individual trooper. 100% of donations go toward helmet kits. There are no administrative costs deducted and the Operation's books are available for inspection by anyone who wants to see them. To date, Operation Helmet has sent upgrade kits to over 7,000 troops. For more information, see www.Operation-Helmet.org.