Richards’s recording career began in 2001 with the self-released album Jam the Breeze. Legendary British DJ and tastemaker Bob Harris discovered the album and began playing it on his BBC Radio shows, adding Richards’s song “Why Arizona” to Volume 3 of his Bob Harris Presents compilation albums.
On his 2004 follow-up, Tumblers & Grit, Richards expanded his sound with the help of renowned Americana producer R.S. Field (Allison Moorer, Billy Joe Shaver, Hayes Carll). The album earned rave reviews in publications like The Philadelphia Inquirer, L.A. Daily News, Detroit Free Press, and The Tennessean, and international music magazines MOJO and Maverick. Richards subsequently toured across the U.S.
He took a break from releasing music in the later half of the ‘00s before reemerging with the MOJO-four-star-rated albums Goldenwest (2012) and The Magic Line (2014). Afterlight (2019) is his fifth full-length release.
Richards currently lives in East Nashville, Tennessee.