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Amanda Richards: Big times coming for the singer/songwriter/playwright

Whiskey Dixie & The Big Wet Country, Amanda Richard’s Raunchy Outlaw-Country Musical Nominated for Portland Area Musical Theater Awards & Headed for the Silver Screen

Less than a year after a successful run of her musical stage play, Amanda Richards will begin production of her first feature length film this fall up high in the Oregon Coastal mountain range.

This 6 time Grammy-nominated Country singer/composer could have been in Nashville for a good long while now, and though she has 7 albums under her hand-tooled leather belt, instead she continues to build her performance platform her own way. This time by adapting her self-penned stage play Whiskey Dixie & The Big Wet Country into a screenplay and planting herself again in the starring role of Whiskey Williams, an expiring country singer who finds her first glimpses of notoriety through a viral video involving a vibrator and several traffic violations.

As an instant hit, Whiskey Dixie and the Big Wet Country extended to 5 weeks/20 shows last fall at Portland's Imago Theater. With her eye on taking Whiskey to additional stages, adding additional soundtrack songs album and subsequent media projects, Richards is midstream in her process of building her team of trades people, producers, and creative collaborators for a feature length movie.

Principal photography on Whiskey Dixie & The Big Wet Country will begin late this summer in Vernonia, Oregon with a plan to take a rough cut to the American Film Market in Santa Monica to shop for distribution partners.

In the meantime, you can catch Amanda Richards & The Good Long Whiles at music venues in Oregon including:

Dolly Parton Hoot Night - Alberta Rose Theater- Portland, OR - June 1st - 7pm

Double Mountain Brewery - Hood River - June 20th 9-11pm

Landmark Saloon - Portland, OR - July 2nd - 8 - 10:30pm

Listen to her sing "Poor Personal Hygiene"

The Portland Area Musical Theater Awards (PATMA) nominations for Whiskey Dixie are for Best Original: Musical, Score, Song, & Director (Serah Pope). The ceremony will include entertainment by Portland musical theater stars.

PATMA Ceremony

June 3, 2019 7pm

Winningstad Theater

1111 SW Broadway

Portland , OR 97205

Free & open to the public




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Mark Seibold

I still remember the evening vividly when I first had orchestrated other film making artists with me, to produce several music videos of Amanda in a Gresham coffee house, when she was only 18 years of age. We had set up a complete stage background. I'd already realized then that she had talent beyond many others her age. I've yet to dig up these old film reels, and have it reproduced, showing one of her early numbers that she wrote and performed that night. I've been working on trying to get ahold of the original digital video tapes although I have the sound recorded myself off the sound boards that night, with my own home stereo cassette deck on location at the soundboard, and a diminished reduced VHS cassette tape, as I operated the soundboard as a novice at this process...expect some beautiful rare archived work soon!

Amy Jo Ellis

My husband and I caught this show on it's second night. We sat toward the back of the theater and our birds-eye view provided us with the added bonus of getting to watch the audience's reactions to the play. They were SCREAMING LAUGHING! Arms were flailing. Feet were stomping. People pounding their legs, wiping their eyes, and or holding their ribs!
They moved in giant waves of excitement as this play took them right up to the edge of their comfort zone and then drop kicked them into the outer limits of where humor had never gone before ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS!!!

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