Monday, March 12, 2012

New Portrait Illustration: Richie Havens (Folk Musician)

Richie Havens, 2012. By Travis Simpkins

       When I first met Richie Havens, I already knew he would be a nice guy going into it. That rarely happens. Such is the reputation of Mr. Havens and the general consensus about him, which speaks volumes about his character: that his gentle, friendly demeanor could never be misconstrued as being anything but genuine. He is a deep, caring man, whose musical style hasn't changed much over his decades-long career, but remains forever relevant. Perhaps that is what draws people to him, and his music... the sense that he truly cares about and means what he is singing. He's a great singer/songwriter, a wonderful interpreter of songs, and he plays the guitar in open tuning like no one else.

Read more about Richie, and see a full schedule of shows on his website here: http://www.richiehavens.com/official_site/home.html

Richie Havens- "Freedom"- at Woodstock, 1969

Richie Havens- The Key


Richie Havens, 2012. By Travis Simpkins
Richie Havens- Here Comes the Sun (Beatles cover)


Richie Havens, 2012. By Travis Simpkins
Richie Havens- Just Like a Woman (Bob Dylan cover)


Richie Havens, 2012. By Travis Simpkins