Kern Richards began his musical life as a small child sitting and listening beneath the Steinway piano being played by his musically gifted mother. That, along with relentless reading of Webster's English-language dictionaries and access to his father's Kay acoustic guitar set him on a trajectory to the musical place which he now inhabits; if you are seeking a Roots-music academic or scenester, look elsewhere.

With his Tom Waits-like gravel voice and Johnny Cash style, Kern Richards speaks to the Country Western traditional audience as well as to the rocker in us all. His songs of heartbreak, loneliness and dissolution are sung by a master storyteller with a unique sense of humor, irony and warmth.


A native of Southern California, Kern started his solo musical career at the historic Palomino Club in North Hollywood, and has played at various venues including Ronnie Mack’s Barn Dance, The Cinema Bar - where he is a regular guest, The Blue Cafe in Long Beach, The Claremont Folk Center, The Fret House, Healdsburg Performing Arts Center and in various clubs throughout Southern California as well as the Midwest. He performs his own style of Americana/Roots/Folk as a solo act, and also with his prestigious band mates; Mark Shark, guitarist (Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Kris Kristofferson) and Mike Barry - veteran rhythm section bassist (Freddy Fender, Chris Gaffney). Featured on the album are virtuoso guitarists Tony Gilkyson ( Bob Dylan, X) and Jeff Ross (Rank & File, Brooks & Dunn). Anywhere But Home is produced by multi-instrumentalist Jim Shirey (Leon Russell, Steve Gillette).

Kern Richards has shared the stage with a diverse range of elite performers including American Folk Legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Country songwriter Chris Gaffney, L.A. Bluesman Top Jimmy, Dave Alvin (The Guilty Men, Blasters, X), I See Hawks in L.A., Western soul artists the Hacienda Brothers, Flea, and percussionist Stephen Hodges (Tom Wait’s band, Mavis Staples) among many others.


Photo: Hiroshi Clark