Don Richmond named Honorary Artist of the Year by Independent Music Awards Southwest

7 OCT 2014:  Don Richmond of Howlin’ Dog Records and the southwestern-Americana band, ‘The Rifters‘ was named Honorary Artist of the Year for 2014 by the Independent Music Awards Southwest.

Don Richmond

Don Richmond

Richmond is a long time Alamosa, CO resident and musician, and a founding member of the near-legendary Colorado band Tumbleweed (1973 – 1990) and the Colorado-New Mexico band Hired Hands (1992). Don owns and operates Howlin’ Dog Recording, one of the most respected acoustic-oriented recording studios in the region, and has appeared on dozens of recordings by many of the region’s top artists, such as Chipper Thompson, Kim and the Caballeros, Bill Hearne, Rick Fowler, Michael Hearne, and many others. He has composed and recorded musical soundtracks for three documentary films seen nationally and internationally; Still Waiting – Life After Katrina, seen nationally on PBS, the civil rights documentary We Did It All Ourselves, aired on PBS and seen at international film festivals, and Roy Bedichek’s Vanishing Frontier that also aired nationally on PBS. Don has also been Artist in Residence and Aesthetic Institute Instructor with the Colorado Council on the Arts and has authored a book on the psychology of creativity and performance titled Getting Your Music Past the Fear, available through Amazon. There is also a website devoted specifically to the book – www.musicandfear.com .

Richmond is currently working on numerous recording studio projects and touring with The Rifters in Texas.

Richmond, with The Rifters, is represented by Aspenbeat.