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Richard Middleton has worked professionally in the Northwest music scene for over 30 years as a bandleader, solo recording artist, multi-instrumental sideman and session player, arranger, producer, teacher, and writer.

As an award-winning singer-songwriter, Richard has performed throughout the Northwest, and released several recordings on his independent label, Countersine. His latest single/video, "Once Upon Tomorrow," was released in October, 2012. He has also released a full-length album entitled "Web" (2002).

Praise for "Web"

"Brilliant.. a solo tour de force. Middleton is an unflinching lyricist, probing into dark areas to find the raw edge where laughter and tears meet, opening his subjects to the light. This CD is a healing work of art."
— Victory Review

"Terrific.. Fine guitar work, a wide-ranging voice, and skillfully crafted, poignant songs."

In addition to working as a soloist, Richard is a sought-after sideman, session musician, and arranger. He has played lead guitar and keyboards with many highly regarded independent singer-songwriters, including Erin Corday, Kym Tuvim, Joanne Rand, Magdalen Hsu-Li, and Larry Murante. His arranging and instrumental contributions can be heard on albums by Kym Tuvim, Kathryn Mostow, Carrie Clark, Jim Vick, Joe Jencks, and others.

Richard is currently lead guitarist and keyboardist with the celebrated folk-soul band, Reggie Garrett and the Snake Oil Peddlers, and co-producer of their latest release, Seasons.

In the late 80s/early 90s, Richard led the band Slang, showcasing his original songs, lead vocals, and lead guitar. He was joined by noted performers Julie Wolf (Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, Bruce Cockburn) on rhythm guitar, John Silverman (Group Virage, Lee Konitz, Sun Ra) on bass, and Scott Mercado (Candlebox) on drums.

In the mid-80s, Richard was a founding member of the storied Seattle rock-funk band Paisley Sin (on keyboards, guitar, harmonica, and vocals), and in the early-mid 90s, he was guitarist with the legendary jam band Tough Mama, touring throughout the Northwest.

Richard graduated summa cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts in 1989 with a BFA in jazz piano performance. While at Cornish, Richard studied with many acclaimed jazz artists and educators, including Julian Priester, Jerry Granelli, Jim Knapp, Jay Clayton, Dave Peck, Randy Halberstadt, Hadley Caliman, and Chuck Deardorf, as well as composers Janice Giteck and Jarrad Powell.

Richard is a dedicated and respected teacher in his own right. He has taught songwriting at Cornish College of the Arts, and has taught privately since 1988. His private guitar, piano, and songwriting students have included many established and emerging Northwest songwriters and musicians.

Richard is the author of "Rhythm Guitar Secrets," a unique guide to the art and technique of playing rhythm guitar. He was the founder and editor of, a free community website that promoted singer-songwriters in the greater Seattle area (2004-2011).

Richard's other music writing has appeared in Victory Review, SingOut! magazine, and Smithsonian magazine. His popular column, "Inside Music," ran in the Victory Review for four years, and continues to attract appreciative readers around the world through the Inside Music online archive.

Richard has composed and performed music and sound design for dance, performance, and theater, including works by Consuelo Gonzalez (On the Boards' "Northwest New Works" and Composer/Choreographer series, Intimate Stage), John Stone (On the Boards), and Jeff Bickford (Broadway Performance Hall), and several productions with Youth Theater Northwest.

Richard is also a freelance web designer and graphic designer, and he continues to pursue his life-long interests in filmmaking, graphic art, and fiction.

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Richard's comprehensive guide to mastering the art of strumming..

Rhythm Guitar Secrets

96 pages of in-depth instruction to help you keep good time, play rhythm patterns with confidence and power, and much more...

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