I Hope I Don't
12 Step Plan
My Heart's In
Richard now has four children, mostly grown, and 14 acres just north of Nashville with horses and lots of pets. His wife (Debbie) has always been supportive of his writing passion and tolerant of his non-traditional workdays. Richard has become one of the Nashville song machine cogs, writing and co-writing with hit writers, producing, and supporting other songwriters and emerging artists.
In late 2005 he opened Ri’chard’s Louisiana Café
in an historic building that he renovated. When you visit Ri'chards's,
you feel like you are in New Orleans even though you are 10 minutes north of
downtown Nashville! Ri'chards's is a friendly place where
customers come for the jambalaya, creole, or gumbo and to hang out for the
evening listening to the music of visiting songwriters. As work in the
kitchen permits, Richard visits with his guests or, better yet, he and his
chefs take to the stage in white hat and smocks to play and sing their own
works. Ask him to tell you about the shrimp creole he has simmering on the
stove and Richard’s face lights up with pleasure. Ditto for his music. He’s
a man with dual passions, but which is he first: a restaurateur or a
songwriter? “I’m a chef,” Richard answers with no hesitation whatsoever.
“The dictionary says the chef is the chief of the kitchen. That’s what I am.
But the music,” he adds, “feeds my songwriter’s soul.” Fortunately, both the
food and the music sate the souls of those who tarry at Ri’chard’s
Louisiana Café. You can hear more of Richard's songs by visiting
come hear him "live" at Ri'chard's Café.