Richardson passes passion for music to sons, makes career as insurance adjuster

Father and sons, from left Cale, Johnny and Zane Richardson, strum their guitars during a family jam session. (Photo provided by Connie Richardson)

An interest in cars and music has helped shape one Frenship High School graduate’s life.

Johnny Richardson graduated in 1970 from FHS, where he said few of his classmates knew he played guitar.

After high school, Richardson began singing as well as strumming his guitar to country, blues and rock, and even played a few solo dates in the 1980s.

“Then I kind of got out of it for a while,” he said of his performances. Still, he said, “There were always guitars and music around the house.”

That’s probably what led his sons to play guitar. Richardson has been married to his wife, Connie, for 33 years. Together, they have two sons, Zane, 27, and Cale, 23.

“I taught them everything I could, and then they got better and started teaching me some things,” Richardson said with a bashful laugh.

His sons’ interest in music led Richardson back into playing publicly. He’s now a member of Wolf Creek and plays country dance music at a standing date at the Lubbock VFW lodge on the second and fourth Fridays of each month.

Zane is now a member of Lubbock rock band, Evading Arrest, while Cale has moved to Austin to perform with Texas country music band Honeybrowne.

The three Richardson men play together “every chance we get. It’s hard since Cale moved away. But sometimes at family events, we get our acoustics out and have a jam session,” said Richardson.

Professionally, Richardson is an insurance adjuster for Allstate, where he has been working since 1996.

“I kind of migrated to this. This is what I was always interested in: cars. I got into repairing cars, and it kind of evolved into this,” said Richardson.

He went to Texas Tech University for two years following high school. He returned to Tech to receive his degree in 1992.

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