Call Richard Julian a "singer songwriter" or a "folk artist" if you must, but there's much that sets this artist apart from the pack. Think more Mose Allison...but with an acoustic guitar. Tight compositions. An off-speed wit. Sophisticated, but not precious. And lyrics that fearlessly venture toward the confessional. Tonight, Julian celebrates the release of Sunday Morning In Saturday's Shoes, produced by the legendary Mitchell Froom. After seeing Julian's appearance at Lincoln Center's prestigious American Songwriter Series, The New York Times said he "writes aphoristic folk-rock songs packed with sly, joking wordplay. Keen social observation is tinged with a hipster's sarcasm." Randy Newman calls him one of the best songwriters/record makers he's heard in a very long time. Sunday Morning In Saturday's Shoes could be a metaphor for life's little hangovers, wake-up calls and transitions or it could just be a great f*ckin' record. You decide.
After three independent-label releases, New York-based songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Richard Julian made his major-label debut in 2006 with Slow New York (Manhattan Records/EMI), introducing what Harp Magazine calls Julian’s “nimble lyricism” and “keenly observational songs” to a broader audience nationally and internationally. A ubiquitous presence of late, he has also enjoyed success as a member of The Little Willies, a country side-project featuring himself, Norah Jones and Jim Campilongo, and as a co-producer, writer, and performer on vocalist/songwriter Sasha Dobson’s bossa-tinged Modern Romance (Secret Sun Recordings). Slow New York, produced by Brad Jones and the partner-team of Lee Alexander and Norah Jones, proved a critical favorite. The Washington Post opined. ”…may be one of the year’s best albums…” and Julian has spent the last year traversing the globe in support of it, most notably on tours with Bonnie Raitt, Rosanne Cash, and Madelleine Peyroux. His “time off” has been spent touring with The Little Willies and as a sideman for Dobson. “It certainly has been a busy year for me,” says the unassuming Julian, “if not a bit musically schizophrenic.”