Jonn Del Toro Richardson
About the Artist
Jonn Del Toro Richardson grew up around Houston, Texas, and you can hear it in every note he sings and plays. You can hear the Latin music that is his birthright – his uncles, aunts and grandparents played in touring mariachi bands, and often got together to play on the back porch. You can also hear the influence of the country and R&B music that was played in his house, and particularly the blues that drifted strongly over his grandparents’ backyard fence from the next neighborhood and took hold with Jonn to be the centerpiece of his musical identity.
And now, Jonn steps up with his long-awaited personal debut, TENGO BLUES. Jonn wrote and sings all the songs, and his powereful guitar playing is featured throughout. The natural choice to produce this record was Anson Funderburgh, who also contributed some rhythm guitar and co-wrote two songs. TENGO BLUES features Nick Connoly on keys, Nathan Rowe on bass, Wes Starr on drums, Jonn’s uncle Lawrence Del Toro on percussion, and the mighty TEXAS HORNS on seven tracks.
Tengo Blues Reviews
“I stood with the audience and applauded as Jonn Del Toro Richardson broke our hearts with a beautiful, moody song from Tengo Blues. Behind the microphone, Jonn savored this sweet breakthrough moment. Get used to it, Jonn. And you, get ready to be moved!” — Bob Margolin
talent. -- Ron Weinstock Jazz and Blues Report, Issue 365
Tengo Blues is a thrillingly enjoyable debut from Richardson, who is clearly a serious talent. This is one of this reviewer’s favorite albums of the year. – Rhys Williams, Blues Blast
As a guitar player and in his general approach to making music, he’s what you’d call a steady rolling blues man – loping, rumbling and swaggering through a tune, determinedly unstoppable with the rest of us happy to be along for the ride – Rick Allen, Vintage Guitar
It was a long journey for Richardson to reach this debut and he flourishes as a leader. Nearing the end of 2015, count this as one of this year’s strongest blues releases.
– Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine
This is the set we’ve been waiting for from this young bluesman!
…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.
Kicks BUTT!!!! I loved every single minute of this CD. I added it to my collection already. Some really great traditional blues music on this CD. It really shows what Jonn Del Toro is capable of. He shows his versatility in clear cut form. ….Matt @WYCE
Fair warning: fire comes out of that sea-green Fender when Richardson starts to wail. –Houston Press