- Kerrville New Folk 2010 Winner
- Opened for Loudon Wainwright III in Nov 2009
- Winner of the 61st Annual Ozark Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, Nov 2008
- Mountain Stage New Song Contest – Southeast regional finalist, Fall 2007
- Opened for Gretchen Peters and Sara Hickman at Memphis House Concerts
- Performed in December 2008 with Hall of Fame songwriter Matraca Berg and hit songwriters Deanna Bryant and Marcia Ramirez in Nashville
A performing songwriter, who thrives on involving the audience, Richardson encourages her fans to "experience" her shows rather than just watch and listen. Her songs live with a lot of humor and attitude, accompanied by a percussive acoustic guitar. Based in Memphis, she tours throughout the SE and recently stretched her boundaries to Chicago, playing Uncommon Ground, to Baltimore and Minneapolis performing house concerts. She has also played the Bluebird in Nashville, The Grey Eagle in Asheville, the Arkansas Heritage and Blues Festival in Helena, and Memphis In May in (you guessed it) Memphis. Richardson was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year by the Memphis chapter of the Recording Academy and recently was a regional finalist in the Mountain Stage New Song contest performing at Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta. more >>
Music Matters - Michael Devlin
You don’t have to look at her bio to know that Kim Richardson has been honing her craft in front of live audiences. She’s a dynamic guitar player and singer with an expressive voice and song to sing. She is surrounded on this album by musicians who play everything from old-fashioned country to spirited light rock. True North has just the right mix of fun, reflection and grit.
FAME - Frank Gutch, Jr.
When I heard Kim Richey's Chinese Boxes album, the first thing that came to mind was that if I was a musician and looking for good material, I would hijack some of hers. I feel the same about Kim Richardson. She has a good voice and a presence, but it is the song… Makes me wonder if there are any other Kims out there writing tunes. Might be something in that. more >>
Bluegrass Special - David McGee
Arkansas native and Memphis resident Kim Richardson is demanding to be heard with True North, her second solo album...the artist's literate, perceptive songwriting and the deep, human quality of her clear, ringing voice (some will find it reminiscent of the young Natalie Merchant, at times) and deliciously subtle southern twang. She's tough as nails and delicate as a blooming flower all at once, a woman unafraid of expressing her most vulnerable side but unwilling to be anyone's doormat. more >>
The Phantom Tollbooth - Terry Roland
Kim Richardson's sophomore CD, True North is a solid collection of original folk songs in the tradition of the best of the singer-songwriter tradition. Her voice is reminiscent of Carole King, but she has taken that sweet voice into an attractive form of folk with a sensible rock feel including a stripped down foundation and a Dylanesque, Blonde on Blonde era feel. The songs are consistently well arranged and exceptionally written with strong lyrics, melodies and a fresh, intimate sound. What brings all of this together is the inspired unique sound of her voice soaring above the music and straight into our hearts.
Memphis Flyer - Chris Herrington
Singer-songwriter Kim Richardson releases her second full-length album with True North, a varied collection of acoustic-based folk-rock with a strong country undercurrent. With assistance from an impressive mix of collaborators, including William Lee Ellis and Amy LaVere, Richardson stretches out from her sturdy folk base, pushing her vocal range on the wistful, warmly detailed "Cause You're Mine" ("... in my mind") and the urgent "Jump On." Musically, she tries on different styles, going bluesy and grave on "Midnight, MS" or bluegrass-playful on "Devil on a Sunday," while flashing some fingerpicked guitar on "Bury Me in the Sky" and the intimate "Virginia." Another highlight is "Daughter," a song partly driven by sideman Rick Steff's piano fills where Richardson switches perspectives predictably but effectively. ("'Cause You're Mine," "Daughter," "Virginia") ˜ CH
Midwest Record - Chris Spector
The most respectable thing about Richardson's latest is that she isn't trying to set the world on fire, she just wants to be a singer/songwriter that entertains. She puts on a nice show without it being a "show", loaded with jive trappings, fake winks and all the rest of the put on. Strapping on her guitar and unfurling a bunch of solid originals, this amiable folk/rocker simply gets up, delivers the goods and leaves you wanting more. What else does it take. Fine stuff.
WTUL 91.5FM Tulane - The Folk & Acoustic Show, Mark Tobler, Host
I just finished listening to Kim's disc and it is fabulous!! A deeply rich and thick provocative sound.
InnerVisions Syndicated Radio Program - Dave Butler, Producer/Host
I really loved Kim's new album, True North. From the very first song I knew it would be a winner. Kim is an excellent performer and her realness and sense of humor come through in each of the songs.