John Louis Richardson (born in Champaign, Illinois) is an American drummer who works in rock and alt-country with such artists as 2012 CMA Song of the Year nominee Will Hoge, Gin Blossoms, Badfinger and Wilco guitarist Jay Bennett. He is also owner of Drum Farm Studio in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

John started his professional career in 1980 with seminal Champaign-Urbana band The Martyrs. He was a founding member, along with fellow high school friends Kent Whitesell, Chris Bowe and Charles Andrews. The Martyrs reunited in 2010 for the re-release of their eponymous first album (originally released in 1983) and two live shows at the High Dive in Champaign, IL on January 21 and January 22, 2011. He also played in Champaign-Urbana bands Nix86 and The Vertebrats.

Tommy Keene

On the release of Tommy Keene’s Based on Happy Times in 1989, Richardson was recruited to play drums for the subsequent tour (along with Brad Quinn on bass) opening for The Replacements. He played on all Tommy Keene’s following albums and tours from 1992 to 2009.

Joey Molland of Badfinger

Richardson was tagged to play drums for Joey Molland (Badfinger) in 1990. He has toured the US, Canada and Europe with Molland/Badfinger and played drums on Joey’s solo album, The Pilgrim, released in 1992.

Gin Blossoms

From 2008-2012, Richardson played drums for the Gin Blossoms, touring all over the world and recording on their latest album, No Chocolate Cake, released in 2010.

Will Hoge

Richardson played with Will Hoge in 2012, touring across the US and playing the venerable Grand Ole Opry.



Richardson has toured with many bands including Will Hoge, Gin Blossoms, Badfinger, Tommy Keene, Shoes, Catchpenny, Adam Schmitt, Garrison Starr, Tim Easton, The Bad Examples, Ralph’s World. Three Hour Tour, Weird Summer and the Bay City Rollers. He has toured throughout the United States and in Canada, Japan, England, France, Spain, Holland, Belgium, The Philippines, Brazil, Kuwait, Iraq, El Salvador and Honduras.


In the studio, he has played drums for Gin Blossoms, Joey Molland (Badfinger), Paul Chastain (Velvet Crush, Matthew Sweet), Tommy Keene, Shoes, Adam Schmitt, Keene Brothers (Robert Pollard and Tommy Keene), Garrison Starr, Robynn Ragland, The Bad Examples, Three Hour Tour, Weird Summer, Jay Bennett (Wilco), Billy Davis (Foghat), Randy Forte & the Reconstruction and The Dygmies.

He has worked with producers Jonathan Pines, Adam Schmitt and Mark Rubel (Champaign); Ken Coomer, Tom Bukovac and Joe Baldridge (Nashville); R Walt Vincent and Danny Wilde of The Rembrandts (Los Angeles); Otto D’Agnolo (Phoenix); Willie Wells (Woodstock, NY) and Jeff Murphy of Shoes (Chicago).

Fellow Musicians

Richardson has performed and/or recorded with musicians including Tom Bukovac, Audley Freed (Black Crowes), John Lancaster (Gary Allan), David LaBruyere (John Mayer), Brad Rice (Keith Urban), Brad Jones (Matthew Sweet, Tommy Keene), Ethan Pilzer (Billy Joe Shaver, Jewel, Big & Rich), Jay Bennett (Wilco) and Paul Chastain (Velvet Crush, Matthew Sweet).


Television Appearances

Richardson has performed on Fox News All-American New Year’s Eve and 12 News Phoenix – Downtown Goes Live (with Gin Blossoms), Late Night with Conan O’Brien (with Tommy Keene), WGN News (with Shoes and WGN Morning News (with Ralph’s World).


Richardson is currently sponsored by MapleWorks Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Vic Firth, Groove Juice, Slug Percussion, Heritage Cajon and Alien Ears.