The members of Poor Richard—Will Dick, Chris Eastland, Will O’Boyle, and Rich Thieriot—met in high school during the late ‘90s and have been creating music together for over 15 years. Having played over the years in various groups across Manhattan and Brooklyn, Poor Richard is a homecoming, uniting four old friends and collaborators. The chemistry of the current lineup was at once apparent, and the music Poor Richard has created to date has been the most rewarding of the members’ musical careers.
Poor Richard draws its influence from a variety of sources, though its members are all devotees of American rock music—from classic rock and jam band influences such as The Band, The Grateful Dead, Phish, and Steely Dan, to folk and traditional music, bluegrass, and West African rhythms. Poor Richard’s music combines spontaneous improvisation with innovative song structures and powerful, lasting messages. Songs like “Heresy”, “You Told Me Once”, and “Fine Times” offer an introspective, honest look inside the artists themselves, while “70 Women” and “24 and Falling Apart” offer a more roguish take on youth and social mores.
The members of Poor Richard hail from New York, New England, and San Francisco, though all currently call New York City home.