Richard Dobson

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Richard Dobson
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Background information
Birth name Richard James Joseph Dobson II
Born (1942-03-19) March 19, 1942 (age 75)
Tyler, Texas, U.S.
Genres Country, folk
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1977 – present
Labels Buttermilk, Rinconada, RJD, Brambus, Sundown
Associated acts State of the Heart, Dick & the Dirt, Earthmover

Richard Dobson (born March 19, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter.

He was born in Tyler, Texas. He spent time in the 1970s with Townes Van Zandt, Mickey White, Rex "Wrecks" Bell, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, and "Skinny" Dennis Sanchez.

Although his name is not prominent, some of his songs were 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. It has also been recorded 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.

He wrote an autobiographic book about his years with Townes Van Zandt and the others mentioned before, called The Gulf Coast Boys. A second book, entitled Pleasures of the High Rhine — A Texas Singer in Exile, was published in February 2012. He's also irregularly publishing a newsletter called Don Ricardo's Life & Times which is mostly about personal experiences. It used to be printed but now is published on his homepage. A collection of his newsletters from 1978 to 2012 were released as a book in 2013.[1]

He moved to Switzerland in 1999, and has been living there ever since. In November 2005 he recorded an album in Nashville with Thomm Jutz, a friend and musician he 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. For the recording of his album From a Distant Shore he returned to Thomm Jutz's studio in Nashville again in 2008 and for Here in the Garden in 2013.


  • Singles
Year Single Label
1977 "Baby Ride Easy" b/w "Learning to Forget You" Buttermilk
197x "The Hard Way" b/w "Swamp Rat" Rinconada/Buttermilk
  • Albums
Year Album Label
1977 In Texas Last December Buttermilk
1979 The Big Taste Rinconada
1983 Save the World RJD
1986 True West 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
1994 Mankind Sundown
1995 Backtracks: Save the World/True West RJD
1995 One Bar Town Brambus
1996 Love Only Love Brambus
1998 Salty Songs Brambus
1999 Global Village Garage R&T Musikproduktion
2001 Hum of the Wheels Brambus
2002 Doppelgaenger 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


  1. ^ 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.

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