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"Winner of the 2012 Independent music Awards for Best Concept Album."
The music of Amanda Richards covers a wide and diverse field—from sensuous ballads to old-school rockabilly; soulful bossa-nova to laugh-out-loud country satire.
After gaining some very early experience, sharing the stage with her family of musicians in Modjeska, California, Amanda relocated to Portland, Oregon, where as a teen she hitchhiked, busked on street corners, or lived in her car while honing her skills and crafting her unique style of appropriately called "Bohemian Country" music.
“Country music, the kind of cowboys, outlaws and gunslingers, is one of the few influences that consistently shines through my music.” Says Richards of her musical influences.
“From my grandfather, an 18 year veteran of The Sons of the pioneers, I learned that music should tell a story. His stories are all westerns. When I was 14, my grandpa told me that I should only write positive music to make the world a better place. I've been writing murder ballads and dark country anthems ever since.”
In a few short years, Richards has garnered a lifetime’s worth of experience. She has released three studio albums, one live album, and her music catalog contains over two hundred songs. She has headlined at Portland’s historic Aladdin Theater, appeared on "NPR's River City Folk" in an hour-long interview and has earned 6-Grammy nominations: Song of the Year, Best Female Country Performance, 2-nominations Record of the Year, 2-nominations Best Country Song. Her 2011 release Play Dead earned her an Independent Music Award for Best Concept Album.
Her live shows are a journey through many different styles and moods, but no matter what song she sings or what audience she plays for, she has everyone hanging on every word. Though she is skilled in the recording studio—behind either the microphone or the mixing board—and her albums are beautifully realized, delicately crafted, and highly regarded, Amanda’s true calling remains the live performance, where she proves, night after night, that she was indeed born for the stage.