Hot Rod Walt" aka Walt Richards, was born in 1966. Lived the first half of his life in the very rural town of Beemerville New Jersey. Moved to North Port Florida in 1989. In 2006,moved to the Atlanta area where the music scene is huge and the southern hospitality is overwhelming. Not only does he play guitar and sing in the Psycho-DeVilles, but works on custom cars and motorcycles, does hand pinstriping and really just about anything you can imagine on a car or bike. He even just hand pinstriped over 160 special edition "Hot Rod Walt" Gretsch Guitars. He also has a pretty cool car collection that includes a couple 51 mercs and a couple 32 Fords. And a 34 coupe, the famed "Yellow Jacket"..... And....he has a very cool wife named Sharlene.
Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho DeVilles was formed in 2002. They have released 6 CDs... "Out of the garage and onto the street", "Psycho Cadillac", "Supercharger", "Night Prowler", "Rockabilly Rodeo" and "Country Gold".... This is Hot Rod Walt's tenth full length Cd overall, having had a few bands in the past as well. He takes pride in recording only original music and has about 200 original songs to his name.
He also takes great pride in playing nothing but Gretsch guitars........ Nothing else compares.
Hot Rod Walt shares the stage with two talented and loyal musicians......Burford T Ogletree on the Upright bass and Steve "Burnout" Barnett the hard hittin' punk rock drummer that never runs out of energy.
Together the Psycho-DeVilles perform a super high energy show. Singing songs about hot rod cars and mean women.................
In 2010 The Psycho-DeVilles had the pleasure of being a part of two TV shows. "Auction Kings" on Discovery Channel. Where Hot Rod Walt auctioned off his Pink 1960 Cadillac.
And "Cafe' Racer" on Discovery HDTheater/velocity, where they brought him a custom built Cafe Racer motorcycle to test ride and build a story on the band.
In 2011 They sent HRW off to the famous Hawleywoods Barbershop for a story on the Pompadour
. In 2012 they made and featured a Music video of there song "Ton UP".
In 2013 The Psycho-DeVilles were featured as the "Tennesee Three" in the Lifetime Movie "Ring of Fire" with Jewel and Matt Ross as Johnny Cash and June Carter.
The Psycho-DeVilles have toured the U.S. and Europe extensively and have been privileged to meet many fine and generous people, and have shared the stage with some of the absolute best musicians.
Hot Rod Walt is also a founding member of Florida's.... Slick Riddle and Acoustic boulevard