June 24, 2018

You can call it blues, you can call it rhythm & blues, you can call it soul music. In really doesn’t matter because Johnny Rawls is a master of them all.

Rawls has returned with a new release titled Waiting For The Train. The album contains five originals co-written by Johnny and some tasty covers of material by the likes of Wilson Pickett “I’m In Love,” Syl Johnson “We Did It,” and a re-imagined version of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.

Rawls just does not produce bad or even average albums. The passion and enthusiasm are always present. Listen carefully to his new album and you’ll hear a master at work. It’s a train you don’t want to miss.


Tiger In A Cage By Johnny Rawls

May 4, 2016

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Johnny Rawls learned his craft as O.V. Wright’s band leader until his death in 1980. He then continued to lead the Ace Of Spades band for the next 13 years as they backed many of the leading blues artists of the day including B.B. King, Little Milton, Bobby Bland, and Johnny Taylor. In 1996, he released his first solo album Here We Go. Now 12 Blues Music Award nominations later, he will issue his latest album, Tiger In A Cage, on February 19th.

Rawls has one of those wonderfully soulful voices that is able to convey passion and emotion in a released manner.

His new album consists of three covers and nine original compositions. The Rolling Stones “Beast Of Burdon,” Sam Cooke’s “Having A Party” and Jackie Wilson’s classic “Your Love Is Lifting Me (Higher And Higher)” are all transformed into his laid back and bluesy style.

His own compositions; “Born To The Blues,” “Every Woman Needs A Working Man,” “Southern Honey,” and “I Would be Nothing” continue his string of old-school party type music releases.

Johnny Rawls has carved out a nice niche for himself. His latest release, Tiger In A Cage, is a nice addition to his sweet soul and blues legacy.


Tiger In A Cage By Johnny Rawls

April 25, 2016

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Johnny Rawls learned his craft as O.V. Wright’s band leader until his death in 1980. He then continued to lead the Ace Of Spades band for the next 13 years as they backed many of the leading blues artists of the day including B.B. King, Little Milton, Bobby Bland, and Johnny Taylor. In 1996, he released his first solo album Here We Go. Now 12 Blues Music Award nominations later, he will issue his latest album, Tiger In A Cage, on February 19th.

Rawls has one of those wonderfully soulful voices that is able to convey passion and emotion in a released manner.

His new album consists of three covers and nine original compositions. The Rolling Stones “Beast Of Burdon,” Sam Cooke’s “Having A Party” and Jackie Wilson’s classic “Your Love Is Lifting Me (Higher And Higher)” are all transformed into his laid back and bluesy style.

His own compositions; “Born To The Blues,” “Every Woman Needs A Working Man,” “Southern Honey,” and “I Would be Nothing” continue his string of old-school party type music releases.

Johnny Rawls has carved out a nice niche for himself. His latest release, Tiger In A Cage, is a nice addition to his sweet soul and blues legacy.

 


Soul Brothers By Otis Clay And Johnny Rawls

November 20, 2014

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Otis Clay began his career back in the 1950′s singing in such gospel groups as The Voices of Hope, The Christian Travelers, and The Songbirds. In the early 1960′s he embarked upon a solo career, which culminated with his 2013 induction into the Blues Music Hall Of Fame.

John Rawls has released 16 albums during his career, which have produced 12 Blues Music Awards nominations.

While they have both been involved in the music business for decades, their paths did not cross until about ten years ago. Last year Clay guested on Rawls’ album, Remembering O.V. Now they have joined together to create the album Soul Brothers, which will be released next month.

Soul Brothers is a combination of original compositions and cover tunes. They take Dave Mason’s “Only You And I Know” in a funky blues direction. Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted” is a bit rawer than the original. Tyrone Davis’ “Turn Back The Hands Of Time” emerges as a bluesy track.

The Johnny Rawls penned “Hallelujah Lord” is a return to the gospel music of yesterday when blues and gospel music were first cousins. Original songs such as “Road Dog,” “Living On Borrowed Time,” and “Voodoo Queen” serve both vocalists well as they bring their years of experience to the music. The brass section gives the music an energetic and modern feeling.

Otis Clay and Johnny Rawls are two experienced blues masters who have combined their talent to produce an excellent album that should please any aficionado of the blues.