Remember the “Americana Ramble,” a popular downtown live roots music series produced by Swell Productions in the mid- 2000s and hosted by effervescent singer/songwriter Richard March?
He is back downtown and will bring his dazzling Americana California soul sound on this afternoon show. His stellar propulsive band, together for four years since March’s return from his Peace Corp duty supports the deep, mature storytelling talents of both March and his long-time writing and singing music partner, bassist Tyler Ragle. Their time-honored “brothers vocal” sound is backed by Charlie Serrano (drums) from southern California. He was in drumline in high school and was part of a very popular funk band at Humboldt State University. Charlie brought his long-time friend, former Michigander Brian Steckler (keys) into the band. Brian is a film/TV composer and record producer.
As a songwriter/storyteller, San Francisco-born March is part modern day throwback to the melodic, progressive country music stars of several decades ago when folks like Mickey Newbury, Kris Kristofferson and Glen Campbell were regularly heard on radio and seen on evening television. And with his new band, March has widened his sound- Laurel Canyon-esque with clear nods to one of his heroes, Jackson Browne.
He is a Sacramento Area Music Award (SAMMIE) winner for Outstanding Male Vocalist, received a Best of Sacramento Award from Sacramento Magazine for “Best Americana Artist,” and was awarded “Best Locally Produced Album” for Levee Road in the Sacramento News and Review‘s 2007 “Best Of” issue.