I know it's unconventional to say this, but I love to see my friends succeed. And by succeed I mean garnering the proper attention their art merits. Richard Swift is one of these--a rather prolific singer/songwriter and a sweet guy to boot, Swift had humble beginnings and over the course of 10 years has been making a slow but sure rise to the tippy top.
Back in the day, Swift released several eponymous records under the name "Dicky Ochoa." He then moved to Southern California, had a stint playing keys with Starflyer 59, finally releasing his solo material with indie label, Velvet Blue. Friends and I diligently made it out to every show he played in and around LA in 2003/4, knowing that our time to see him in such intimate settings before he became wildly popular was surely limited.
In 2004 Mr. Swift signed to UK major label, Polydor, also releasing his music stateside via Secretly Canadian. Today, the one and only MySpace has announced the exclusive premiere of his fourth studio album, "The Atlantic Ocean"! Official release date is April 7. He will tour with Vetiver this spring and The Fray this summer. Next thing you know we're going to see him as a VH1 Emerging Artist. Sheesh!
Go see him, go buy his records, go stream the new album on MySpace!! Listen to title track, "The Atlantic Ocean". If it doesn't make you dance, there is something seriously very wrong with you.
Apr 7 Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place Outside Patio w/ Vetiver
Apr 8 San Francisco, CA @Great American Music Hall w/ Vetiver
Apr 9 San Diego, CA @ Casbah w/ Vetiver
Apr 10 Tucson, AZ @ Plush w/ Vetiver
Apr 11 Phoenix, AZ @ Modified w/ Vetiver
Apr 13 Los Angeles, CA @ Eagle Rock Center For Arts w/ Vetiver
Apr 14 Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door w/ Vetiver
Apr 16 Arcata, CA @ The Depot - Humboldt State University w/ Vetiver
Apr 17 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge w/ Vetiver
Apr 18 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe w/ Vetiver
Apr 19 Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore w/ Vetiver
Jun 12 Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre w/ The Fray
Jun 13 Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ The Fray
Jun 14 Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach w/ The Fray
...For tons more tour dates check the MySpace page!