Years Performed: 2018
Jonn Del Toro Richardson got his start at an early age, growing up in a musical family. His grandmother and her siblings played in a mariachi band that toured through the Southeast and Southwest. After watching his uncles play at family gatherings, he picked up a guitar in his early 20s. On a diet of Country, Motown, R&B, Classic Rock and other genres, Jonn continued learning his chosen instrument and worked in various bands playing all types of music.
Once he heard the Blues, Jonn knew he had found his place. Richardson’s partnership with Diunna Greenleaf and his role in the Blue Mercy Blues Band and the support of the Blue Shoe Project in Dallas led them to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2005. At that same competition Richardson was honored with the Albert King Award, the most promising blue guitarist of the competition.
In 2007 Jonn played on the Grammy winning album The Last of the Mississippi Delta Blues Men. He continues Perkins’ legacy by working with the Pinetop Perkins Foundation. You can hear his influences on his various recordings and live. Jonn has worked with Blues artists Diunna Greenleaf, Otis Taylor, Bob Margolin, Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Bob Stroger, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Anson Funderburgh, Ronnie Earl, Rich Del Grosso and many more.
Jonn released two CDs with other artists. In 2011 Jonn released Time Slips On By with Rich DelGrosso to great reviews. It garnered a Blues Blast nomination for best traditional album and was named one of the top 100 blues CDs of 2011 by Billboard Magazine. In 2013, a duo effort with Sean Carney, Drivin’ Me Wild, was released. This album also got great reviews and led to several European tours.
Jonn’s first solo album, Tengo Blues, was released in November 2015. Produced by Answon Funderburgh, Tengo Blues stayed in the top 10 Blues charts for months and garnered rave reviews. It also and earned him a Blues Blast Award nomination for Best New Artist in 2016. In May 2017, Jonn won the Blues Music Award from The Blues Foundation for Best New Artist Debut Award for Tengo Blues.
Tengo Blues, 2015