Richie, 58
Richie, 58

Meet Richie…

The gifts that we’re given in this life are made to be given away and the more we give away the more we get in return.

People ask me why I put the American flag on my guitar. My response, it’s a symbol of my country and the music I play and write is a symbol of this country.

Some people say when I sing, I’m in pain. If that’s true, then it’s a sweet kind of pain. The gifts that we’re given in this life are made to be given away and the more we give away the more we get in return. My mother used to tell me that I made ugly faces when I sang. I don’t trip when I make music. I’m in another place, like a golden eagle on the wine.

When I look around, I know that I’m in prison, but when I sing I connect with people, something I didn’t do so well as a youth, music is my medicine. If I do it correctly it becomes a medicine for other people, too. And I like that. I’ve done enough negatives, now I’m ready to do some good.

I don’t know how to do music other than full tilt. I think that’s one of the things that attract people and my heart is in it.