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Finger Style Guitar

2004 Madison Area Music Awards Nominee:
Best Acoustic Artist, Best Acoustic Album

Visit 'Albums' to hear selections from Richard's 2003 release "Out Of The Blue".
Visit 'Videos' to see 5 solo performances videotaped at Full Compass' store opening Oct. 2009.


Richard Wiegel has been a fixture on the Madison,Wisconsin music scene for more than 50 years. His stirring guitar work has added excitement to the performances of The Midwesterners, Johnny and the Hawaiians, The Wisconsin Opry, Out of the West, The Swing Crew, Clicker and The Bowery Boys.

More recently, Richard has added solo acoustic guitar performance to his credits. His latest CD is a compilation of original acoustic instrumentals, solo guitar and with a loop machine, called "Wiegel Room". On his solo CD "Out of the Blue", Richard covers classic songs from a variety of muscial genres: rock, ragtime, blues, jug band, jazz and rockabilly. The result is an upbeat and seamlessly entertaining album.

Following in the path of finger-picking guitar greats Chet Atkins, Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt, Richard pays tribute to these pioneers with his own treatments of classic songs: St. Louis Blues, Deep Water Blues, La Vie En Rose, A Good Girl is Hard To Find, and even a finger-picking version of Chuck Berry's devilish The Thirteen Question Method. Guitar and vocals were all recorded live at DNA Studios, and mixed by Mark Haines at Smart Studios in Madison.


The Wisconsinite says, "Wiegel's warm, mellow vocals fit the smooth fingerpicking guitar accompaniment very well. If you're a fan of melodic guitar playing, you'll enjoy the album very much."

Rick's Cafe says "Wiegel possesses a smooth, rich voice that is well suited for this type of material."

The Isthmus says, "A nicely realized solo CD that features his finger-style guitar."

Visit Vol 12 2007 for a very nice article on Richard and The Midwesterners.[/size]

Along with original compositions, this is a partial list of songs that are included in Richard's solo repertoire:

Ain't Misbehavin' (Fats Waller)
Jitterbug Waltz "
Up A Lazy River
It Had To Be You
I'll See You In My Dreams
All Of Me
Right Or Wrong
Sunny Side Of The Street
Such a Night (Dr. John)
She's Funny That Way
The Stars Fell On Alabama
Blue Skies
Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
Cabaret "
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
Scotch and Soda
Singin' In The Rain
La Vie En Rose (inst.)
Over The Rainbow (inst.)
Yellow Bird (inst.)
Cielito Lindo (inst.)
Tears (Django Reinhart)
Louisiana 1927 (Randy Newman)
I'm In The Mood For Love Fats Domino
Girl From Ipanema
The Shadow Of Your Smile
Autumn Leaves
Pacebel's Canon in D
Mr. Sandman

Modern Songs
Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash
Here Comes The Sun (George Harrison)
Blackbird The Beatles
Twist And Shout "
Saw Her Standing There "
This Boy (inst.) "
Three Little Birds Bob Marley
Margaritaville Jimmy Buffett
Me and Julio Paul Simon
Werewolves Of London
La Bamba (inst.)
Under The Boardwalk The Drifters
Up On A Roof "
Layla Eric Clapton
Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding
Heart Of Gold Neil Young
Unchained Melody (inst.)

Old Time/Blues
Nobody's Business (Mississippi John Hurt)
My Creole Belle "
Louis Collins "
Can't Be Satisfied "
Deep River Blues (Delmore Bros.)
St. Louis Blues (W.C. Handy)
San Francisco Bay Blues (Eric Clapton)
Nobody Knows You When Your'e Down and Out
Rag Mama Rag (Blind Boy Fuller)
No Matter How She Done It (Tampa Red)
Things ...Bout Comin' My Way " "
A Good Gal Is Hard To Find
Make Me Down a Pallet On Your Floor
Stormy Weather
How Long (LeRoy Carr)
Way Downtown (Doc Watson)
Hesitatin' Blues "
Sittin' Here Pickin' The Blues "
Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia (Jimmy Rodgers)
Can't Forget My Wild and Rowdy Ways "
California Blues "
Frankie and Johnny
Come Rain or Come Shine
Key To The Highway
Deep Elum Blues
Goodbye My Bluebell (inst.)
The Day the Fingerpickers Took Over The World Chet Atkins
Yakety Ax Chet Atkins
Windy and Warm (inst.)
Sloppy Drunk (Jimmy Rogers)
House of the Rising Sun
Goin' To The Country Canned Heat
Wildwood Flower/Foggy Mt. Top Carter Family
The Winding Stream " "
16 Tons (Merle Travis)
Cannonball Rag "
9 Pound Hammer "

Rock And Roll
Let The Good Times Roll
Blue Days Black Nights (Buddy Holly)
Rave On "
Oh Boy "
Guess It Doesn't Matter Anymore "
Can't Catch Me (Chuck Berry)
Johnny B. Goode "
13 Question Method "
You Never Can Tell "
Shake Rattle and Roll (Bill Haley)
Elvis Presley Medley
Wise Men/Love Me Tender (inst.)
Flip Flop and Fly (Big Joe Turner)
The Lion Sleeps Tonight (inst.)
Three Little Birds (Bob Marley)
Jump Jive and Wail (Louis Prima)
Let's Twist Again
Blueberry Hill Fats Domino
Stand By Me

Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
Ring Of Fire "
Get Rhythm "
I Walk The Line "
Ghost Riders In The Sky "
Man Of Constant Sorrow O' Brother Where Art Thou
I'll Fly Away "
Hot Rod Lincoln
Under The Double Eagle (inst.)
Steel Guitar Rag (inst.)
The Bottle Let Me Down Merle Haggard
Today I Started Lovin' You Again "
Walk On By LeRoy Van Dyke
Blue Bayou Roy Orbison
Goodnight Irene Leadbelly
Coconut Island Jr. Brown
Blue Moon Nights (John Fogerty)
Big Train From Memphis "
I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Bill Monroe)
On The Road Again (Willie Nelson)
Crazy "
Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain "
Mind Your Own Business (Hank Williams)
If I Needed You (Townes Van Zandt)
Don't Think Twice It's Allright (Bob Dylan)
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight "
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere "

Children's Songs
Yellow Bird
Hobo Jack Turner
Little Red Wagon
Clouds Gonna Roll Away
You've Got A Friend In Me
There Ain't No Bugs On Me
Three Little Birds (Don't Worry ...Bout A Thing)
The Crawdad Song
Quinn The Eskimo
Rainbow Connection
Over The Rainbow/Wonderful World
She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain
Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life
I've Been Workin' On The Railroad
I Can See Clearly Now
Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart
Oh Susannah
Hokey Pokey
The Chicken Polka
The Sophisticated Rooster
La Bamba
Twist And Shout
You Are My Sunshine
Proud Mary
Brown-eyed Girl
Johnny B. Goode

Christmas Songs
White Christmas
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Run Run Rudolph (Chuck Berry)
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (Brenda Lee)
Jingle Bell Rock
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (inst.)
Angels We Have Heard On High (inst.)
What Child Is This (inst.)
The Christmas Song (Mel Torme)
Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me (Elvis Presley)
Blue Christmas "
Let It Snow
Jingle Bells
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Silver Bells (inst.)
Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)
I'll Be Home For Christmas (inst.)

Wedding Songs
Pachebel's Canon in D inst.
Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
Blackbird/Here Comes The Sun The Beatles inst.
I Will The Beatles
Yesterday The Beatles
Somewhere Over The Rainbow inst.
La Vie En Rose inst.
Love Me Tender/I Can't Help Falling In Love With You inst.
Simple Gifts (Theme For The Common Man)
I'll Fly Away
Rainbow Connection
Let It Be Me Everly Brothers
Stand By Me
Ain't Misbehavin'
Three Little Birds (Don't Worry ...Bout A Thing)
Unchained Melody
I Can't Help Falling In Love With You