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|Birth name||Richard James Joseph Dobson II|
March 19, 1942|
Tyler, Texas, U.S.
|Died||December 16, 2017
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician|
|Years active||1970s – 2017|
|Labels||Buttermilk, Rinconada, RJD, Brambus, Sundown|
|Associated acts||State of the Heart, Dick & the Dirt, Earthmover|
Richard James Joseph Dobson II (March 19, 1942 – December 16, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter.
His songs have been recorded by famous artists such as David Allan Coe ("Piece of Wood and Steel"), Guy Clark ("Forever, for Always, for Certain"; "Old Friends"), Lacy J. Dalton ("Old Friends"), Nanci Griffith ("Ballad of Robin Winter-Smith"), and Kelly Willis ("Hole in My Heart").
His song "Baby Ride Easy" was recorded as a duet by Carlene Carter and Dave Edmunds as well as by Billie Jo Spears and Del Reeves and by the Carter Family. For the TV show Christmas On The Road in Montreux in 1984 it was performed by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Their duet version was released in 2014 on the posthumous album Out Among the Stars.
He wrote an account of his years with Townes Van Zandt and the others mentioned above, The Gulf Coast Boys, first published in 1979. A second book, Pleasures of the High Rhine — A Texas Singer in Exile, was published in February 2012. He irregularly published a newsletter, Don Ricardo's Life & Times, which was mostly about his personal experiences, first in print and later published on his website. A collection of his newsletters from 1978 to 2012 were released as a book in 2013.
He moved to Switzerland in 1999 and lived there until his death in 2017. In November 2005 he recorded an album in Nashville with Thomm Jutz, a friend and musician he often played and recorded with in Europe. The album On Thistledown Wind was released in 2006. The following album, Back at the Red Shack, was recorded at the same studio in Houston, Texas where his first two albums were recorded. He returned to Thomm Jutz's studio in Nashville again in 2008 for the recording of From a Distant Shore and in 2013 for Here in the Garden.
Richard Dobson died on December 16, 2017, aged 75.
|1977||"Baby Ride Easy" b/w "Learning to Forget You"||Buttermilk|
|197x||"The Hard Way" b/w "Swamp Rat"||Rinconada/Buttermilk|
|1977||In Texas Last December||Buttermilk|
|1979||The Big Taste||Rinconada|
|1983||Save the World||RJD|
|1988||Live at the Station Inn||RJD|
|1990||Hearts & Rivers||Brambus|
|1993||Blue Collar Blues||Brambus|
|1994||Amigos - Richard Dobson Sings Townes Van Zandt||Brambus|
|1995||Backtracks: Save the World/True West||RJD|
|1995||One Bar Town||Brambus|
|1996||Love Only Love||Brambus|
|1999||Global Village Garage||R&T Musikproduktion|
|2001||Hum of the Wheels||Brambus|
|2003||A River Will Do||Brambus|
|2006||On Thistledown Wind||Brambus|
|2007||Back at the Red Shack||Brambus|
|2009||From a Distant Shore||Brambus|
|2013||Here in the Garden||Brambus|
|2014||Gulf Coast Tales||Self-Released|
- "Richard Dobson". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
- "Johnny Cash - Out Among The Stars". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
- "The Gulf Coast Boys". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
- "Three Richard Dobson books now available on Amazon". No Depression. 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
- Richard J. Dobson. The Years the Wind Blew Away: Don Ricardo's Life and Times. The Newsletters of Richard J. Dobson. Diessenhofen, Switzerland (2013); ISBN 978-1493519521.
- "Revered Songwriter and 'Heartworn Highways' Performer Richard Dobson Has Died". Savingcountrymusic.com. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
- Official website
- Guide to the Richard J. Dobson collection, 1962-2014 (Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA)
- Richard Dobson Online Exhibit in Houston Folk Music Archive (Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA)
- Richard Dobson Online Newsletters, Feb. 2016-Jan. 2017
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