The mission statement is a simple one: ROCK THE HOUSE! The Swingin Richards came into fruition January 2001. Their debut show was Feb 2, 2001, in the plaza of the Nations Bank Center in Charlotte, N.C. opening for James Brown.

Now you may say that's pretty good for a debut, yet there's good reason the guys were able to float their boat on something like this. Dues and persistence. The guys have been in some of the Southeast's most beloved, reveled party bands for over 10 years. MegaPhonics, Daddy Blue, do these ring a bell? If not, either you just moved to the area, or are unaware of what's been shaking musically in the Southeast.

"A friend of ours who works in promotions, was looking for a strong local act that would work nicely opening for James Brown. Our past bands had expired, so he suggested the five of us get together and have a go. Only to do this one show. It really came together from that. We've been friends a long time and play well together. So why stop?" - John Wads

What's this band about? GREAT MUSIC and a REAL GOOD TIME!

What makes this band work? SYNERGY, the whole being greater than the sum of its individual parts.

"Each member of the band realizes that everyone in it is indispensable. It takes all of us to take care of the musical business. The byproduct being, cohesiveness and interplay. It produces something greater than our individual selves. For myself, it doesn't get better than this when it comes to being in a band."

Equally accessible to each other, they are accessible to the folks they play for.

"How are you gonna be any good without a good crowd of people to play for? The whole synergy thing plays into the people we perform for. Maybe I should rephrase that, and say, the people we perform with. It takes two to tango. It's always the energy of the crowd that tells us what to do. When the crowd starts kicking, it makes us want to contribute that much more. So, it really creates a circle where everyone is grooving, and becomes quite a joyous event." - John Wads

Steven Engler replies, "It's really about the band and the crowd in the moment."








  • Beach Music
    Bruce Channel - Hey Baby
    Chairmen of the Board - Carolina Girls
    Drifters - Broadway
    Drifters - Some Kind of Wonderful
    Drifters - Under the Boardwalk
    The Dominoes - Sixty Minute Man
    The Temptations - Just My Imagination
    The Temptations - My Girl
    The Temptations - Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch
  • Blues
    Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign
    BB King - Everyday I Sing the Blues
    BB King - Gonna Get A Little
    BB King - Thrill Is Gone
    Cream - Crossroads
    Electric Flag - Wine, Wine, Wine
    Eric Clapton - Alberta
    Eric Clapton - Before You Accuse Me
    Eric Clapton - Further On Down the Road
    Eric Clapton - Hand Jive
    Eric Clapton - Nobody Loves You
    Muddy Waters - Got My Mojo Workin'
    Muddy Waters - I'm Ready
    Stevie Ray Vaughn - Cold Shot
    Stevie Ray Vaughn - Pride and Joy
  • Country
    Allman Brothers - Melissa
    Allman Brothers - One Way Out
    Allman Brothers - Statesboro Blues
    Heartland - I Loved Her First
    Jimmy Buffet - Margaritaville
    Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues
    Johnny Cash - Jackson
    Little Feat - Dixie Chicken
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - Ballad of Curtis Lowe
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Three Steps
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
    Rascall Flatts - Bless the Broken Road
    Rascall Flatts - My Wish
    Zac Brown Band - Chicken Fried
    Zac Brown Band - Whatever It Is
  • Folk
    Ben Harper - By My Side 
    Ben Harper - Steal My Kisses
    Bob Marley - I Shot The Sheriff
    Bob Marley - Jammin'
    Bob Marley - No Woman, No Cry
    Bobby Gentry - Ode to Billy Joe
    Grateful Dead - Friend of the Devil
    Grateful Dead - Truckin'
    Mongo Jerry - In the Summertime
    Neil Young - Heart Of Gold
    Old Crow Medicine Show - Wagon Wheel
  • Rock and Pop
    AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long
    Aerosmith - Walk This Way
    Beatles - All You Need Is Love
    Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There
    Beatles - Something
    Big Head Todd - Bittersweet
    Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
    Black Crowes - Hard to Handle
    Black Crowes - Jealous Again
    Black Crowes - Remedy
    Bob Seger - Old Time Rock N' Roll
    Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
    Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
    Bryan Adams - Heaven
    CCR - Proud Mary
    CCR - Suzie Q
    Cheap Sunglasses - Jesus Just Left Chicago
    Cheap Sunglasses - Waitin' For The Bus
    Cheap Trick - I Want You to Want Me
    Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
    Chuck Berry - Maybellene
    Dave Matthews - Steady As You Go
    Deep Purple - Hush
    Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar on Me
    Doors - Love Me Two Times
    Doors - Roadhouse Blues
    Dr. John - Women Are Smarter
    Elvis Presley - Blue Suede Shoes
    Elvis Presley - I Can't Help Falling In Love
    Elvis Presley - Little Sister
    Elvis Presley - That's All Right Mama
    Elvis Presley - You're Always On My Mind
    Eric Clapton - Lay Down Sally
    Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
    Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
    Jimi Hendrix - Fire
    Jimi Hendrix - Foxy Lady
    Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing
    Jimi Hendrix - Wind Cries Mary
    Joe Cocker - Feelin' Allright
    Joe Cocker - Unchain My Heart
    Joe Cocker - You Are So Beautiful
    Journey - Don't Stop Believing
    Led Zeppelin - Good Times Bad Times
    Led Zeppelin - Hey, Hey What Can I Do
    Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
    Little Richard - Lucille
    Little Richard - Rip It Up
    Little Richard - Tutti Frutti
    Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
    Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
    Paul Simon - She Loves Me Like A Rock
    Paul Simon - Slip Sliding Away
    Pink Floyd - Money
    Pink Floyd - Time
    Pink Floyd - Us and Them
    Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
    Prince - Kiss
    Prince - Raspberry Beret
    Ray Lamontagne - You Are The Best Thing
    Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Woman
    Rolling Stones - Jumpin' Jack Flash
    Rolling Stones - Not Fade Away
    Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
    Rolling Stones - Start Me Up
    Santana - Black Magic Woman
    Santana - Evil Ways
    Santana - Oye Como Va
    Steelers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle
    Steppenwolf - Born to Be Wild
    Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride
    Steve Miller - Fly Like An Eagle
    Steve Miller - The Joker
    The Stray Cats - Rock This Town
    The Troggs - Wild Thing
    The Who - My Generation
    The Who - Squeeze Box
    Tom Petty - Breakdown
    Tom Petty - Last Dance With Mary Jane
    U2 - With or Without You
    Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
    Van Morrison - Crazy Love
    Van Morrison - Domino
    Van Morrison - Into The Mystic
    Van Morrison - Moondance
    Van Morrison - Right Side Of The Road
    Van Morrison - Stone Me
    Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey
    Van Morrison - Wild Nights
    Young MC - Bust A Move
  • R&B, Funk, and Disco
    Barry White - Can't Get Enough of Your Love
    Ben E. King - Stand By Me
    Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
    Bill Withers - Grandma's Hands
    Bill Withers - Use Me
    Billy Preston - Circles
    Cee Lo Green - Forget You
    Commodores - Brick House
    Commodores - Easy
    Dobie Gray - Drift Away
    Eddie Floyd - Knock On Wood
    Hall & Oates - You Make My Dreams 
    Jackie Wilson - Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher
    James Brown - Cold Sweat
    James Brown - I Feel Good
    James Brown - Sex Machine
    KC & the Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes
    KC & the Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight
    KC & the Sunshine Band - Shake Your Booty
    King Curtis - Memphis Soul Stew
    King Curtis - Shotgun
    Marvin Gaye - Grapevine
    Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is
    Marvin Gaye - Let's Get it On
    Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing
    Marvin Gaye - What's Goin' On
    Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
    Ohio Players - Fire
    Otis Redding - Dock of the Bay
    Otis Redding - Hard to Handle
    Otis Redding - Respect
    Outkast - Hey Ya
    Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman
    Ray Charles - Georgia
    Ray Charles - Let's Go Get Stoned
    Ray Charles - Mess Around 
    Ray Charles - Unchain My Heart
    Ray Charles - What I'd Say
    Sam & Dave - Soul Man
    Sam Cooke - These Arms of Mine
    Sam Cooke - Wonderful World
    Sam Cooke - You Send Me
    Sly & the Family Stone - Everyday People
    Sly & the Family Stone - Thank You
    Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely
    Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered
    Stevie Wonder - Superstition
    The Isley Brothers - It's Your Thing
    The Meters - Cissy Strut
    The Temptations - Can't Get Next To You
    The Temptations - Just My Imagination
    The Temptations - My Girl
    The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone
    The Temptations - Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch
    The Temptations - The Way You Do
    Tracy Chapman - Give Me One Reason
    War - Low Rider
    Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
    Wilson Pickett - Can't Stop a Man in Love
    Wilson Pickett - Midnight Hour
    Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally
  • Standards, Swing, and Jazz
    Billie Holliday - God Bless the Child
    Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look
    George Gershwin - Summertime
    John Coltrane - Blue Bossa
    John Coltrane - My Favorite Things
    Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
    Miles Davis - All Blues