About Richard and Dakota Dry
We are a father-daughter duo from Richmond, California, performing original and cover songs. We presently play up to a 2-hour set of harmony-filled acoustic music. I play guitar (and foot-tambourine) and Dakota plays the ukulele (shaker and clave). We have toured the Southwest--From L.A. to San Antonio--and the Northwest--from Berkeley to Port Angeles, WA.
We've been fortunate enough to have won best song (2x) and best performance (2x) at West Coast Songwriter chapters throughout the Bay Area (Berkeley, San Francisco, and Vallejo).
Dakota's first performance might have been at a local restaurant/music store when she was 7 or 8 singing Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City." Dakota went on to play many professional roles the Berkeley Playhouse. In 2013, when Dakota was 10, we began playing open mics. Soon we were winning competitions, playing gigs, and making an EP. Dakota is now a talented songwriter in her own right and plays a mean ukulele. Dakota's mother, Jacqui, is our resident Mama-razzi, taking all the videos and pictures and doing a lot of the behind the scenes work that makes it possible for us to play our music.
In the summer of 2014, when Dakota was 11, we toured the Southwest: California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas in our VW Van. (I do not recommend touring the SW in the summer--I believe Tuscon reached 114 degrees and we had no air conditioning.) In 2015, we toured the California coast, San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, Ventura, Los Angeles, and San Diego. We had wonderful times playing Steve Keys' Songwriters at Play venues and the Sunday at the Bookstore series produced by Ron Sarfaty, both members of the Far West Folk Alliance, another wonderful organization supporting musicians.
In 2017, we hit the road again on a Northwest Tour: CA, OR, and WA.
Check out our schedule for this year.
More About Us
Dakota is a singer songwriter and plays the ukelele. She has shared the stage with the Blues powerhouse Rhonda Benin, the legendary Lady Bianca, and Tony Award Winner Wilson Heredea, from Rent. She loves the songs of Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, and Joni Mitchell, to name a few. She has also performed the lead roles in numerous professional musicals at the Berkeley Playhouse. She loves learning and wants to be a teacher. Dakota attends Oakland School for the Arts.
Richard's song writing is most directly influenced by artists like Cat Stevens, CSNY, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Gillian Welch, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Carol King, STYX, Neil Young, and Paul Simon. His contemporary influences include Ray Lamontange, David Gray, Marc Cohn, and Nora Jones.
Richard was born in Philadelphia and raised for the most part in Venice, CA, although he's also lived in Boulder, New York, Chevy Chase, Maryland, and Boston. He attended Oakwood, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Palisades High, Boston University, UC Berkeley, and San Francisco State, where he received hisMA in Creative Writing. He is the author of the novel Leaving (St. Martin's 2002) and a full-time English instructor at Las Positas College, where he's taught since 1999.
Richard describes his musical journey:
The first song I ever recorded was one he wrote in 5th grade with Jackson Brown, who was teaching a song-writing elective at my elementary school ("He Ain't Good Without Rock and Roll"-- it was hilarious and Jackson Brown was a true sport, letting me circle around him as I thought up the lyrics). I began my musical career as a drummer, which I credit to Stephen Bladd of the J Geils Band. I lived with his friend Josh Hadler, whose father, David, did the concert mixing for the J Geils Band, Traffic, and other bands. At the age of 5, I was at back stage at a J Geils Band concert and Stephen Bladd came out in an all purple body suit and handed me a pair of 5B drum sticks. Since then I've performed in a number of bands: Esme's Dream, Personal Demons, Which is What, The LPC Rawk Hawks, and presently Radiograph, which opened for Savoy Brown and played the SF Library Summer of Love Fundraiser.
If you have any additional questions for us or would like to book us for a gig or house concert, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.