Jimmy Dale Richardson is rooted in tradition by his grandfather Hubert Pearce. Hubert played honky tonks in the 40`s, 50`s, and 60`s in Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana. Jimmy’s father Melvin is an upright bass player and Melvin’s passion for music turned into a record collecting and sales business. When Jimmy was growing up, he spent most of his time traveling to help his dad with selling records at antique shows. This experience gave Jimmy a lot of knowledge about antiques and textiles, while his favorite part of the experience was learning about a wide variety of obscure music. Honky tonk, delta and jump blues, roots rock n roll, jazz, hillbilly, western bop, mountain and bluegrass were all exciting to him and not something other kids in the 80s and 90s were studying.
Around age 13, Jimmy started strolling through the antique shows playing guitar and singing as well as entering local singing contests for Elvis music to get comfortable in front of people. When Jimmy was just 16, he began playing professionally all over Oklahoma and the surrounding states with his mentor Cliff Major, owner of C Major Guitars from Wichita. During his early years, Jimmy played SXSW and toured with Nick Curran and Smiley Erwin in the late 1990s. Melvin and Jimmy constructed an outdoor Route 66 performance venue on the property of an antique store called the Western Trail which garnered local news coverage and articles. For several years, they performed historic mountain music there every week in the mid 2000s.
Jimmy released his album “Heartaches and Honkytonks” with Wild Records in 2016 with a majority of original material, reaching Japan, Spain, and England with sales and radio play. In April 2016, the UK Rock n’ Roll Magazine published an article citing Jimmy’s story and his family heritage of musicians. Jimmy’s band was nominated for the Academy of Western Artists “Pure Country” award in four categories; Best Male Vocal, Best Duo/Group, Best CD/Album, and Best Song, all for his album “Heartaches and Honkytonks.” He played Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend in 2016, 2018, and 2021 with a great audience reception.
In 2019, Jimmy performed a showcase in Memphis for the Ameripolitan Awards Production. People from all over the world nominated various artists in roots music categories. Jimmy was nominated and won the award for “Best Rockabilly Male.” In August 2019, Jimmy performed for Summer Jamboree festival in Italy and in September, he entertained for High Rockabilly festival in Spain.
After Jimmy protected his music recordings for over twenty years, Jim Heath of Reverend Horton Heat partnered with Jimmy to master and release “The Dallas Barbershop Sessions” in 2020 on Fun Guy Records. These obscure rockabilly cover songs were recorded by Jimmy on vocals and rhythm guitar, Nick Curran on lead guitar, and Smiley Jake Erwin on bass around 1998-2000. Legions of Nick Curran fans all over the world now have recordings of him that no one heard before. The release took place ten years after Nick’s passing.
The next release from Jimmy’s partnership with Jim Heath and Fun Guy Records was made in 2021 with ’58 Buick, an original song written by Jimmy with members of Reverend Horton Heat backing Jimmy on the recordings. Jimmy plays boogie woogie piano in the song. The LP also includes an updated version of “She’s Wild,” a rockabilly screamer that has proven popular at vintage festivals and car shows. The record release was at historic Trees in Dallas, TX and The Jimbo’s Show was featured for the event, including Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats fame with Jim Heath and Jimbo Wallace. Jimmy was thrilled to share the stage performing his original music with such amazing talent. Today, Jimmy’s music is played in over twenty countries around the world and has reached top 10 on the Alt Country Chart several times.
Jimmy married Lynn Crowe-Richardson in 2017 and they own and operate Teaze Dance & Fitness, Oklahoma’s original aerial arts and showgirl dance studio with a vintage pin-up theme. Lynn has owned and operated the studio since 2009 in historic Automobile Alley on Broadway Avenue downtown OKC. The business has been a mainstay long enough that nearly every storefront on the block was vacant for several years during its tenure. Today, there are boutiques and very popular eateries surrounding the studio.
Teaze is in the very building where Lynn took her first ballet and tap dance classes in a small upstairs studio and where she lived with her parents in the 80s. Lynn spent her childhood in dance studios and competing in artistic roller skating. In high school, she participated in every opportunity with dance team performances and musicals. She was in the dance program at the University of Central Oklahoma, obtaining a bachelor of science degree in 2005 with an emphasis in dance and small business management.
Lynn is also the owner of Oklahoma’s only vintage entertainment company, Oklahoma Showgirls. Her group has contracted with Osage Casinos and Kickapoo Casinos for over ten consecutive years among hundreds of other casinos and galas. The dancers were featured in several Osage Casino commercials as well as the film “Yellow” and the 2022 film “Reagan” where Lynn’s costumes and dancers were in scenes as 1954 Last Frontier showgirls with Dennis Quaid as Ronald Reagan. Lynn’s dancers also perform an array of dance genres and focus on the eras. With original choreography, her troupe has performed the can-can for Glitter Ball and Oklahoma City Ballet’s Ballet Ball.
Lynn’s group has provided Vegas showgirls and aerialists for the Miss Oklahoma Pageant. They were 1940s dancers for Oklahoma City Orchestra League’s Maestro’s Ball while Jimmy crooned with The Savoy Trio band. The Oklahoma Historical Society has booked the group for roaring 20s, swing era 40s with tap dancers, and a rock and soul show for the swingin’ sixties event where Jimmy belted out a range from CCR to James Brown tunes.
New show themes with Jimmy and Lynn’s teams are now available and era themed from 1800s through 1990s. Oklahoma Heritage Show features artists from or connected to our home state and a range of music genres from Chet Baker’s beat jazz to Eddie Cochran’s rock n roll and Hank Thompson’s classic country. The most recent addition to Jimmy’s offerings is Route 66 Road Show, a carefully curated list of covers and originals designed to perfectly match the nostalgia of historic Route 66 for its upcoming Centennial celebrations.
Jimmy and Jim Heath recorded more original music in 2022, featuring new honky tonk music, songs with a Route 66 theme, and a Roy Orbison flavor song that everyone is really excited to put forward to the public.
Jimmy Dale Richardson has created some of the most exciting music to emanate from the state of Oklahoma. With his gutsy lead vocals and solid electric guitar leads, Jimmy brings new life to obscure roots music. With Jimmy's music abilities coupled with Lynn's showgirl dance revues and a shared passion for historic art forms, this team are excited to bring their era shows to life around the world.