Richard Pinney's classic album "Devil Take My Shiny Coins" (Mountain Railroad Records) was on several critics' lists of that year's best. It was engineered by the legendary bluesman, Dave "Snaker" Ray. It featured Bob Dylan's backup players for "Blood On the Tracks" and Bonnie Raitt's first producer, Willy Murphy, on bass.
Early in his career Richard was teamed with Greg Brown. They recorded a live album, "Hacklebarney", now a collectors' item based on Brown's fame and the several songs that can only be found on the disc. The admittedly raw performances showcase the two at the very beginning of their careers.
After they split, Richard toured on the prestigious Coffeehouse Circuit out of New York City.
His songs have recorded by Michael Johnson, Mimi Farina, Jim Post and others.
Richard worked in Los Angeles for eight years where he was on the staff of TriStar Pictures and The Olympic Games. At Chameleon Records, he championed the acoustic duo Lowen and Navarro who were signed to record their first album on the label. He introduced Lucinda Williams to the label and she was eventually signed for "Sweet Old World". He was involved with dozens of independent record labels and genres: punk, alternative, metal, jazz, rock, folk and others.
Returning to Milwaukee, he was an A&R rep (talent scout) for Narada Records (MCA distributed, later bought by Virgin Records). He managed Willy Porter early in his career.
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