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Johnny Rawls

«Live in Europe»
A shot of Mississippi Soul - Johnny Rawls ist eine Soulblues-Legende. Genauer gesagt: Der Begriff «Soulblues» wurde erfunden, um seine Musik beschreiben zu können.

Es gibt kaum etwas, was Johnny Rawls (*1951, Hattiesburg, MS) im Bereich des Soul-Blues und zeitgenössischen Blues nicht kann. Er verfügt über eine grossartige, leidenschaftliche Soul Stimme, als Multiinstrumentalist spielt er Gitarre, Bass, Keyboards, Saxofon und Klarinette, er ist ein begnadeter Songschreiber, arbeitet(e) als Bandleader, Arrangeur und Produzent, führt eine eigene Plattenfirma.

Ob Blues Music Awards, Blues Blast Awards, Living Blues Awards oder W.C. Handy Awards: Sie alle haben Johnny Rawls mit zahlreichen Nominierungen und Preisen geehrt, unter anderem für das Soul Blues Album of the Year und als Soul Blues Artist of the Year. Das Magazin Living Blues widmete ihm 2002 eine Titelstory und bezeichnete ihn auf dem Cover als «Soul Blues Renaissance Man». Daneben wurde der Renaissancemensch des Soulblues gleich an zwei Orten entlang des Mississippi Blues Trail gewürdigt: einmal in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, im dortigen Hi-Hat Club, und ein weiteres Mal in Rocklin, Maine – als Symbol für die Wege des Blues vom Mississippi bis nach Maine.

Bis heute hat Johnny Rawls über ein Dutzend Alben unter eigenem Namen veröffentlicht, dazu kommen etliche Werke mit anderen Künstlern. Seine Karriere verlief ebenso beeindruckend: Schon zu seinen Highschool Zeiten begleitete er Musiker wie Joe Tex oder Z.Z. Hill. Mitte der 70er schloss er sich O.V. Wrights Band an und blieb deren musikalischer Leiter bis zu Wright’s Tod 1980. Als «Ace of Spades Band» spielte die Gruppe während 13 Jahren für Legenden wie u.a. B.B. King, Little Milton oder Bobby Blue Bland. 1996 veröffentlichte Johnny sein erstes Soloalbum, über das ein Kritiker meinte: «Rawls verfügt über eine so kräftige, soulige Stimme, dass sogar mittelmässiges Material absolut überzeugen würde.»

«Live in Europe» ist Rawls 20. Veröffentlichung. Er wählte eine der besten Backing-Bands der Welt, The Özdemirs. Ein deutsches Trio türkischer Abstammung, bestehend aus Erkan am Bass und seinen Söhnen Kenan an der Gitarre und Levent am Schlagzeug. Zu ihnen gesellte sich Alberto Marsico aus Italien, einer der talentiertesten Hammond Orgelspieler.

Für seine seither erschienen CD’s und Songs wurde Rawls für etliche Awards nominiert, das Album «Ace of Spades» von 2009 wurde mit dem Blues Music Award für das beste Soul Blues Album des Jahres ausgezeichnet.

Johnny Rawls 
Gesang, Gitarre

Erkan Özdemir
Bass

Kenan Özdemir 
Gitarre

Alberto Marsico 
Hammond

Levent Özdemir 
Schlagzeug

«The next time Johnny Rawls heads into town, be sure to check him out. I guarantee that there is no way to not have fun with this band.»
Blues on Stage

Pressestimmen

I bet you heard people say more than once, «They don’t make them like that anymore!» Most of the time, people are right. But, if you’re into this old-fashioned, deep soul-blues thing, you will experience that they do «make them»still «like that» ...and sometimes even better. All you need is a brilliant singer and a splendid band. Also a certain idea of how soul music should be recorded and what blues has to sound like. Mix in a blend of great songs – and there you go. You find all of these ingredients on the record you’re holding in your hands right now. Johnny Rawls, a renowned soul-blues singer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and arranger, has been on the blues-circuit for quite a while now. In 1994, he started making records under his own name at a fairly late age of 43.

«Live in Europe» is Rawl’s 20th release. He chose one of the world’s best backing bands around today: The Özdemirs. A German trio of Turkish decent, composed of Erkan on bass and his sons Kenan on guitar and Levent on drums. They were then joined by Alberto Marsico from Italy, who is one of today’s most gifted Hammond organ players. Together, these great musicians played a tour in Europe in March, 2019. As drummer Levent Özdemir is also a skilled recording engineer, the decision to record the shows came instinctively.


So you’re listening to a live concert, which took place at the famous Bischofsmühle in Hildesheim, Germany. Added to this album is «Stormy Monday», which was recorded at a concert in Vejle, Denmark. The quintet also stopped by Heyman Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark to record the homage «I miss Otis Clay» in just one take. The result is an extraordinary soul-blues album, because every single musician knows exactly how to groove and to be a servant to the song. No one needs to push themselves to the front, every single note fits into the overall work of art. I bet, within a few years, people will listen to this recording and claim: «They don’t make them like this anymore!». 

Credits, January 23, 2020

 

«What’s always been satisfying about Johnny Rawls is that he brings an old-school sense of panache to everything he does. His work is never overdone or overplayed dandyism, but an honest comfort and confidence that elevates any project he is a partner to. With experience comes an innate sense of knowing, so there’s nothing forced or contrived here. No need for that because at this point, the music just flows.» Americanbluesscene

Addendum

  • «Johnny Rawls - Born To The Blues» auf YouTube


    Johnny Rawls is a soul blues legend. In fact, the term «soul blues» was invented to describe his music. With a career spanning more than 50 years, he’s done it all. He’s an internationally recognized recording artist, music producer, and songwriter who tours extensively throughout North America and overseas.

    The Blues Music Awards, Blues Blast Awards, Living Blues Awards, and the W. C. Handy Awards have all acknowledged Johnny with multiple awards and nominations, including Soul Blues Album of the Year and Soul Blues Artist of the Year. Living Blues Magazine described him as a «soul-blues renaissance man» when he was featured on the cover in 2002. Johnny is honored to be mentioned on two markers along the Mississippi Blues Trail – one in Hattiesburg, MS marking the Hi-Hat Club, and another in Rocklin ME marking the migration of blues from Mississippi to Maine.

    Born in Columbia, Mississippi in 1951, Johnny grew up in Purvis (near Hattiesburg) and Gulfport. Johnny’s interest in music began in early childhood. He started out playing clarinet in the school band when he was in 5th grade. Over the next couple of years, he graduated to saxophone, trumpet and other instruments. Johnny became interested in guitar when he heard his grandfather playing one Christmas morning and by age 13 was playing guitar seriously. Johnny’s high school band teacher had a professional band that backed touring soul artists and asked Johnny to join his band as a saxophone player. This began Johnny’s professional career, and at age 15, he was backing artists including ZZ Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, Joe Tex, and The Sweet Inspirations on their tours in the Southeast. In the mid-1970s, Johnny became the band director for soul singer O.V. Wright, and toured with O.V. until his death in 1980. Wright’s band, under Johnny’s leadership, continued to perform as the Ace of Spades band for several years. Then, Johnny became the band director for Little Johnny Taylor.

    In 1985, Johnny began touring as a solo artist and made his first solo recording. A prolific songwriter, hundreds of Johnny’s songs have been recorded. He has released more than 15 albums since his debut solo album, Here We Go, in 1996 on JSP Records. In the late 1990’s Johnny worked as an arranger and record producer for JSP. Johnny has released albums under various labels, including JSP, Catfood Records, Third Street Cigar Records, and his own label Deep South Soul, which he created in 2002.

    The Blues Music Awards (and its predecessor, the W.C. Handy Awards) frequently recognize Johnny’s work. To date, ten of Johnny’s albums have been nominated for Soul Blues Album of the Year, with «I’m Still Around» winning in 2019 and «Ace of Spades» winning in 2010. Johnny has been nominated for Soul Blues Male Artist eleven times, and received one nomination for Song of the Year. Roots Music Report declared Johnny’s 2017 release, «Waiting for the Train», one of the top 50 blues albums of the year. Johnny also has multiple nominations/awards from Blues Blast Magazine and Living Blues Magazine.

    With his 2018 release, «I’m Still Around», Johnny returned to his roots in Mississippi Soul Blues. All the songs on this album were written and arranged by Johnny, and reflect his favorite subjects – falling in and out of love, making love, and enjoying and being thankful for life. Johnny is extremely proud to have won the Soul Blues Album of the year at the 2019 BMAs for this release.

    A true «road warrior», Johnny tours extensively throughout the US, and internationally, playing approximately 200 dates every year. He’s performed at major blues festivals, including the Chicago Blues Festival and the Waterfront Blues Festival multiple times. Whether he’s playing in a small intimate club or at a large blues festival, Johnny always delivers a high-energy show to the delight of audiences everywhere.

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    «The next time Johnny Rawls heads into town, be sure to check him out. I guarantee that there is no way to not have fun with this band.»
    Blues on Stage

    Pressestimmen

    I bet you heard people say more than once, «They don’t make them like that anymore!» Most of the time, people are right. But, if you’re into this old-fashioned, deep soul-blues thing, you will experience that they do «make them»still «like that» ...and sometimes even better. All you need is a brilliant singer and a splendid band. Also a certain idea of how soul music should be recorded and what blues has to sound like. Mix in a blend of great songs – and there you go. You find all of these ingredients on the record you’re holding in your hands right now. Johnny Rawls, a renowned soul-blues singer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and arranger, has been on the blues-circuit for quite a while now. In 1994, he started making records under his own name at a fairly late age of 43.

    «Live in Europe» is Rawl’s 20th release. He chose one of the world’s best backing bands around today: The Özdemirs. A German trio of Turkish decent, composed of Erkan on bass and his sons Kenan on guitar and Levent on drums. They were then joined by Alberto Marsico from Italy, who is one of today’s most gifted Hammond organ players. Together, these great musicians played a tour in Europe in March, 2019. As drummer Levent Özdemir is also a skilled recording engineer, the decision to record the shows came instinctively.


    So you’re listening to a live concert, which took place at the famous Bischofsmühle in Hildesheim, Germany. Added to this album is «Stormy Monday», which was recorded at a concert in Vejle, Denmark. The quintet also stopped by Heyman Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark to record the homage «I miss Otis Clay» in just one take. The result is an extraordinary soul-blues album, because every single musician knows exactly how to groove and to be a servant to the song. No one needs to push themselves to the front, every single note fits into the overall work of art. I bet, within a few years, people will listen to this recording and claim: «They don’t make them like this anymore!». 

    Credits, January 23, 2020

     

    «What’s always been satisfying about Johnny Rawls is that he brings an old-school sense of panache to everything he does. His work is never overdone or overplayed dandyism, but an honest comfort and confidence that elevates any project he is a partner to. With experience comes an innate sense of knowing, so there’s nothing forced or contrived here. No need for that because at this point, the music just flows.» Americanbluesscene

    Addendum

    • «Johnny Rawls - Born To The Blues» auf YouTube


      Johnny Rawls is a soul blues legend. In fact, the term «soul blues» was invented to describe his music. With a career spanning more than 50 years, he’s done it all. He’s an internationally recognized recording artist, music producer, and songwriter who tours extensively throughout North America and overseas.

      The Blues Music Awards, Blues Blast Awards, Living Blues Awards, and the W. C. Handy Awards have all acknowledged Johnny with multiple awards and nominations, including Soul Blues Album of the Year and Soul Blues Artist of the Year. Living Blues Magazine described him as a «soul-blues renaissance man» when he was featured on the cover in 2002. Johnny is honored to be mentioned on two markers along the Mississippi Blues Trail – one in Hattiesburg, MS marking the Hi-Hat Club, and another in Rocklin ME marking the migration of blues from Mississippi to Maine.

      Born in Columbia, Mississippi in 1951, Johnny grew up in Purvis (near Hattiesburg) and Gulfport. Johnny’s interest in music began in early childhood. He started out playing clarinet in the school band when he was in 5th grade. Over the next couple of years, he graduated to saxophone, trumpet and other instruments. Johnny became interested in guitar when he heard his grandfather playing one Christmas morning and by age 13 was playing guitar seriously. Johnny’s high school band teacher had a professional band that backed touring soul artists and asked Johnny to join his band as a saxophone player. This began Johnny’s professional career, and at age 15, he was backing artists including ZZ Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, Joe Tex, and The Sweet Inspirations on their tours in the Southeast. In the mid-1970s, Johnny became the band director for soul singer O.V. Wright, and toured with O.V. until his death in 1980. Wright’s band, under Johnny’s leadership, continued to perform as the Ace of Spades band for several years. Then, Johnny became the band director for Little Johnny Taylor.

      In 1985, Johnny began touring as a solo artist and made his first solo recording. A prolific songwriter, hundreds of Johnny’s songs have been recorded. He has released more than 15 albums since his debut solo album, Here We Go, in 1996 on JSP Records. In the late 1990’s Johnny worked as an arranger and record producer for JSP. Johnny has released albums under various labels, including JSP, Catfood Records, Third Street Cigar Records, and his own label Deep South Soul, which he created in 2002.

      The Blues Music Awards (and its predecessor, the W.C. Handy Awards) frequently recognize Johnny’s work. To date, ten of Johnny’s albums have been nominated for Soul Blues Album of the Year, with «I’m Still Around» winning in 2019 and «Ace of Spades» winning in 2010. Johnny has been nominated for Soul Blues Male Artist eleven times, and received one nomination for Song of the Year. Roots Music Report declared Johnny’s 2017 release, «Waiting for the Train», one of the top 50 blues albums of the year. Johnny also has multiple nominations/awards from Blues Blast Magazine and Living Blues Magazine.

      With his 2018 release, «I’m Still Around», Johnny returned to his roots in Mississippi Soul Blues. All the songs on this album were written and arranged by Johnny, and reflect his favorite subjects – falling in and out of love, making love, and enjoying and being thankful for life. Johnny is extremely proud to have won the Soul Blues Album of the year at the 2019 BMAs for this release.

      A true «road warrior», Johnny tours extensively throughout the US, and internationally, playing approximately 200 dates every year. He’s performed at major blues festivals, including the Chicago Blues Festival and the Waterfront Blues Festival multiple times. Whether he’s playing in a small intimate club or at a large blues festival, Johnny always delivers a high-energy show to the delight of audiences everywhere.

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