J.R. Richards, the former lead singer of Dishwalla and current independent solo artist, will be among the many big names performing at the Wampus Cat Festival near Sanford on May 13-15 at Gross Farms II. Richards talks to The Rant about growing up with music, the songs that inspire him, how a massive hit like “Counting Blue Cars” changed his life and his engagement with fans on social media as a solo artist.