Richard Stillman has been playing bluegrass banjo for over thirty years. He has founded or been involved in a number of influential Northeast bluegrass bands, including the Jersey Travelers (1979-1984), WayStation (1992-2000), The Bogus Family (1995-2001) and his current bands, Adam Dewey and Crazy Creek (1995-97 and 2002-present) and Southern Rail (1985-1989 and 2005-present). He has additional studio recording credits with other New England folk and rock artists. Mr. Stillman was New Jersey banjo champion in 1983 and the 2002 and 2003 New England banjo champion. He is a six-time winner of the annual banjo contest held at Lowell, Massachusetts (1985-1995), where he has given the bluegrass banjo workshop every year since 1996. Waystation, a band he founded, was a member of the Massachusetts Arts Council Touring Roster and winner of the 1994 Northeast Regional championship of the Pizza Hut International Bluegrass Showdown. Mr. Stillman has performed with bluegrass bands on stages including the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, the Thomas Point Beach bluegrass festival and Boston’s First Night.
Mr. Stillman has been a regular on the faculty of Banjo Camp North in Groton, Massachusetts for three years. He has taught workshops and beginning and intermediate bluegrass banjo classes for the Boston Bluegrass Union, teaches banjo as an adjunct faculty member at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, and has many years of experience teaching private students. He is writing a banjo instruction book, tentatively titled “Bluegrass Banjo from All Sides”, for Mel Bay publications.
With the Jersey Travelers: Leavin’ Town (BMA 142, 1981)
With Southern Rail: Looking for the Lighthouse
(Track 8701, 1987) Home (Track 8901, 1989)
With WayStation: Looking for Love (Lakes 5253, 1995)
With the Bogus Family: Reunion (Rock Maple Records, 1996)
Back Where I Come From (Rock Maple Records, 2000)
With Crazy Creek: Adam Dewey and Crazy Creek (B&D CD0001, 1999) Live at the Cantab (B&D CD0002, 2003)
Additional released recordings:
John Michaels, Red Mill Road (Raven Records #1001, 1988) – one track
John Burrows, The Perfect Storm, 1999 – one track
April Hobart, Time to Travel, 2006 – four tracks