Born and raised in New Orleans, Richard has been playing the guitar since the age of 16.
He recorded "Fee-Fi-Jumbo-Li" with Eddie Bo, and worked with Jerry Burns, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Eddie Powers, Bobby Mitchell, Oliver Morgan, Art & Aaron Neville, "Big" Joe Turner, Jean Knight, Ernie K-Doe, Tommy Ridgley, The Sugar Lumps, The Tick Tocks, The Barrons, Gerri Hall, Benny Spellman, and Joe "Jose" Francois.
Played guitar with Tommy Ridgley at the House of Blues in New Orleans, The New Orleans Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest and many other appearances.
Performed and recorded with Kermit Venable & Beau Bassin Cajun Band, Allen Fontenot and the Country Cajuns and Three time Ida (first lady to receive a Grammy Award for Zydeco Music).
He has also worked with many other Cajun groups such as: LaTouche, The Re-cycled Cajuns, Curtis Coubello and the "Can't Hardly Playboys".
Performed and recorded Country music with Russ Russell & the Rustlers, Noel Clark, Bobbie Cupid and worked with Jim Owens, Boxcar Willie, Faron Husky, Scoty Moore, D.J.>Fontanna, Jim Russell, Joan Montel, Sammi Smith, and Norman Wade.
His performances have taken him from The Legendary Bourbon Street (6 years at the Old Opry House), to as far away as Anchorage, Homer, Walsila, Sadota and Girwood (ski resort) Alaska.
He has also performed at many Concerts (David Allen Coe, Fredie Fender), Jazz Fests and Bluegrass Festivals (Black Mountain North Carolina, Blakely, Alabama), Mississippi Gumbo Fest, Zydeco and Blues Fest., Austin Texas, and many Cajun Music Fests including the Cajun Music Awards-Lafayette, Louisiana all the way down to the Blue Crab Festival in Panacea, Florida, over to Queretaro, Mexico.
October 10, 2007, Inducted into the Westbank Musicians Hall of Fame.
Performed with the Art Ryder Jazz Band while riding in many New Orleans Mardi Gras parades (2005 – 2008)
New Orleans Magazine has done a 2 page story called "Richard Rowley's 3-loves"...starts on page 56 of the May 2009 issue. Written by George Gurtner and photo by Frank Methe
Also a BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) songwriter with over 300 original songs which includes many soundtracks for various Cox Cable (New Orleans Local) Community Access television productions.