December 2018

Some great new reviews of the album!

The first of them “Friend Of The Devil” has been covered by everyone from Lyle Lovett to Counting Crows (in the interests of full disclosure, when I heard their version 20 years or so ago, I didn’t actually know it was a cover….) while the second is the last song on the album. “Poncho And Lefty” is a fine example of the genius of Townes Van Zandt, but it is to Rawlings’ credit that he finds a different angle to both.
More than that, though, the rest of the songs seem to provide a link between The Dead and Townes.
Rawlings is an experienced musician, a rocker who grew up in Michigan and who fell in love with the blues. He has been Ramblin’ Jack Elliot’s Road Manager (a job in itself, you imagine) and there is a sense of a life well-lived throughout this superb collection.
“I Want To Run Away” like many of them has the harmonies of I See Hawks In LA’s Paul Marshall and actually, it has the air of one of their tunes. There is a laid-back feel here, wherever the music goes.
“No Tengo Palabras (I Have No Words)” ropes in Leonard Cohen’s collaborator Perla Batalla for Spanish harmonies as it explores Latin culture while still using mighty fine Lap Steel.
That sound is all over “Lights Of Marfa” too – one of the true highlights here – it comes from a similar place to Springsteen circa “Devil’s And Dust” and the harmonies from Jaimi Lyn Shue take this to some magnificent heights.
Working here with Rick Shea (a celebrated singer/songwriter in his own right, who’s album I reviewed earlier this year) they have honed something that is beyond the norm. The Gram Parsons-esque “Lost In Time” is beautifully poetic – not to mention being probably the first song I’ve ever reviewed with a cello solo.
That said, for all the storytelling, the brilliant “Lincoln Penny” seems more personal and its country tones make it perhaps the best thing here.
It is run close, though, by “Eye Of A Thief”. If there has been a sense of a debt owed to Dylan throughout, then this one brings it right to the forefront. It is a protest song in the classic mould, and something that Woody Guthrie might have done if he was surveying this current political landscape.
“I Don’t Care What You Say” is more a classic honky tonk shuffle, but it is eclipsed by the mournful brilliance of “Whiskey, Cryin’ Pain” which is proof that any song with a mandolin is always a good one.
The rock guitarist Rawlings was is invoked a little in the lead work to “A Million Miles”, but it is also a superb example of the songwriter that he his too. And, no one will fail to spot the Tom Petty stylings here.
These are songs with the dust of the road in their lungs. Authenticity is something you can’t buy. Garrick Rawlings screams authentic throughout these 11 cuts. Singer/songwriting in the great tradition, it is an album you sense he simply had to make.
Rating 8.5/10

"Garrick Rawlings" (Peloponnese Records)


Kansas-born Garrick Rawlings is a gifted Midwestern balladeer of the old school, weaving his homespun narrative magic with a beguiling charm which has prompted comparisons with such illustrious figures as Woody Guthrie , Guy Clark and the late great Townes Van Zandt. Rootsy Americana has rarely sounded more expressive or immediate, and as an added bonus Rawlings also displays his interpretative skills with captivating covers of the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil" and Van Zandt's much loved "Pancho and Lefty."

Kevin Bryan


October 2018

Another nice review, this one by T. Bebedor:

Nice review by Stephen Rapid of Lonesome Highway:

I was also sent this by Lonesome Highway, must be an alternate edit of the same review in the above link:

Garrick Rawlings Self-Titled Peloponnese

There are two covers on this new album from Rawlings that are compass points to his music. The first is the Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter/John Dawson song, Friend Of The Devil and the second is Townes Van Zandt’s Poncho & Lefty. Between those two songs sits Rawlings own material that range between that easy 60’s feel country rock and some Texas singer/songwriter seriousness. Both versions are credible without replacing or replicating the originals in one's mind.

Another point of interest here is that the album is a co-production between Rawlings and the estimable Rick Shea. That seems very much in sync and Shea’s undoubted skills add much to the album. Recorded in Los Angeles that have brought in some seasoned players to help out, thesed included LA stalwarts Skip Edwards and Shawn Nourse,as well as a number of harmony singers including Jami Lyn Shuey as well as a couple of cello players for one track.

Rawlings has an earthy warmth to his voice that is entirely suited to these songs. The voice, guitar and accordion version of Poncho & Lefty is stripped back and in keeping with the resigned mood of the song. Likewise, Friend Of The Devil fits right in and also sounds like a honest tribute to the Dead. Rawlings own songs are evocative tales of lost love like I Don’t Care What You Say or of the self descriptive Whiskey, Cryin’, Pain … All are graced with melody and the memorability of a new song that feels like one you are already well acquainted with. The arrangements move from acoustic to electric with ease and express the life that Rawlings has lived and the places and people he has loved.

Stephen Rapid


September - November 2018

Hunkering down to work on the worldwide promo for the new album for the next few months - I believe I now have everything going on most of the digital distribution sites for downloading and streaming, and whew!, what a process.  I don't even listen to music that way so the whole thing was a mystery to me but I've been upgrading my luddite ways!  Look at this ridiculous list!


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I had a great album release show at The Raven Cafè in Prescott now heading out to spend some time up in Northern California.


I did a segment on the AZ Daily Mix morning show with Sandy Moss:

July/August 2018


Episode #184: Garrick Rawlings, Singer- Songwriter  - Click the photo for a link to the great Matt Santos' Mile High Show Podcast.

Episode #184: Garrick Rawlings, Singer- Songwriter - Click the photo for a link to the great Matt Santos' Mile High Show Podcast.

Radio Show

Click the  photo there for a link to Tom Agosino's Folksessions radio program with me as the guest.

Click the photo there for a link to Tom Agosino's Folksessions radio program with me as the guest.

Radio News

Hey! Happy to get some good news from my old stompin' grounds in the midwest, Jim Canals show on WWSP Stevens Point, WI added a song of mine to their Acoustic Revival show - playlist below (I'm right in the middle), what great company, honored - thanks Jim! 

Also, I just got news my favorite national syndicated show Undercurrents added three songs off the new album to their library (tons and tons of great company!) - "No Tengo Palabras", "Friend Of The Devil" and "Poncho & Lefty". - Thanks Gregg and Gabriela!

Playlist from this past Sunday's show on 90FM WWSP: 

Rodney Crowell - Earthbound -  Acoustic Classics - RC1 
Cej - Lost Time Blues - Clovis Man - Self 
Tommy Emmanuel - Tittle Tattle - Accomplice One - Thirty Tigers 
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors - Wild World - Souvenir - Self 
Kevin Galloway - hands On The Wheel - The Change - Nine Mile 
Eva Cassidy - Kathy's Song - Wonderful World - Blix Street 
Chris Cuddy - Silver McClean - Dream On - Vanishing Castle 
Folk Soul Revival - Lie To Me - Folk Soul Revival - Self 
Rayland Baxter - Without Me - Wide Awake - ATO 
Simon and Garfunkel - Kathy's Song - the Essential  - Sony 
Roger McGuinn - Eight Miles High - Folk Rewind live - Self 
Jeffery Foucault - Dying Just A Little - Blood Brothers - Blueblade 
Peter Mulvey - Trempealeau - Silver Ladder - Signature Sounds 
Johnsmith - Honeyfest - The Longing Road - Blue Pine 
Ernie Hendrickson - Walking With Angels - Walking With Angels - Self 
Kevin Pulvermacher - Call You Bluff - Midwestern - Self 
Dead Horses Tops - Space and Time - Self 
Adrian and Meredith - Take A Boat - More Than A Little - Vertigo 
Jeff Crosby - Full Moon On Sunset - Postcard From Magnolia - At the Helm 
Garrick Rawlings - I Want To Run Away - Garrick Rawlings - Piloponnese 
The Traveling McCoury's - Lonesome Orny and Mean - The Traveling McCoury's - Self 
Larry Cordle - We Blame The Devil - Tales From East Kentucky - Mightcord 
David Rovics - Pretty Boy Floyd - pay Day At Cpoal Creek - Self 
Johnny Rivers - Th One You'll Love - Land of Dreams - Soul City 
Jack Tempchin - Slow Dancing - Peaceful Easy Feeling - Bluelan 
Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore - July You're A Woman - Yeproc 
Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Mobile Line - Spinning Around The Sun - Elektra 
Dave Alvin - Abilene - The Best of The Hightone Years - Hightone 
Jimmie Dale Gilmore - When The Nights Are Cold - Don't Look For A Heartache - Hightone 
Dave Alvin - Shenandoah - The Best Of The Hightone Years - Hightone 
 The Punch Brothers - Just Look At This Mess - All Ashore - Nonesuch 
Bobby Sweet - Black and White - All These Changes - Self 
Eliza Gilkyson - Down By The Riverside - Secularia - Compass 
Jimmy LaFave - When I See You Again - Highway Trance - Bohemia Beat 
Dave Zobl - Colorado Girl - Simplify - Self 
John Moreland - Lies I Choose To Believe - Big Bad Love - 4AD



Hello!   Well I finally have this new album in my hands - it's ready to go!!!   Check out the Music/Store page on here, where it is available for purchase either digitally or old-school.  I set up some good free listening samples on each song so you can check 'em all out.  I've almost completed getting my digital distribution set up so it should be available at all those download/streaming places any minute now. We worked real hard on this thing for it to sound as good as possible, hope ya'll like it!

I have to pay my supreme respect and gratitude to the great Rick Shea ( who produced the album overall and guided me on what I produced for the album.  Rick approached me a long, long time ago to produce an album for me at right about the time when I could not (that's a whole negligible song in itself!).  To my surprise and delight, when I finally got things going and sent him my demos, he was still on board and helped me put everything in motion to get it done, and I couldn't be happier with the results. Rare, a guy who is as good a friend as he is a pro. 

Rick brought in the bass player from his own band, The Losin' End - Mr. Dave Hall, and from I See Hawks In LA (and many other great acts) - Shawn Nourse on drums while Rick and I handled the guitars.  Turned out to be a rhythm section to die for, and I don't have to tell most of you what Rick can do - they all brought out things in my songs I didn't know were there. 

As if a guy couldn't be fortunate enough with all that, the additional musicians and vocalists we brought in are the cherries on this righteous cake!!!  The amazing L.A. vocalist and songwriter Jaimi Lynn Shuey ( shines on five of these songs singing harmonies and backup, taking everything up a few notches.  For a few notches more... the remarkably talented and spiritual wonder, Perla Batalla (, came in and knocked my "No Tengo Palabras" song out of the park.  She's a writer and arranger, has a handful of wonderful albums of her own out - and she keeps the flame going for that guy way up at the top of the Tower of Song - Leonard Cohen - with her transcendent concerts in tribute to the master.  Perla wrote, recorded and toured with L.C.. 

On the instrumental side, I have to once again compliment Mr. Shea as his acoustic, electric, slide, and steel guitars along with mandolin are all a driving force on this album.  Rick pulled in his pal Skip Edwards ( to play accordion on my stripped-down version of "Poncho & Lefty".    On "Lost In Time", cellist Amanda Shokrian really brought that song together with her lush accompaniment - Tori Ackerman provided the coda on there, which was a special request of mine to adapt J. S. Bach's - Prelude and Fugue in C Major 553 - composed for the organ - to the cello, a melody that's been rattling around in my head for many years!  For some male harmony vocals we brought in the legendary Paul Marshall (, long time I See Hawk In LA ( bassist and vocalist to sing harmony on three songs here. 

Prior to the commencement of the recording sessions for this thing, I laid down enough song demos for several albums and a lot of folks helped me out on those as well as sessions for the album that didn’t get used this time.  Candace McNulty sang her ass off for me on a bunch of demos and really helped me get ‘em sold.  Meg Bohrman blew me away with some accordion. Rocco Sapareto laid down a great piano part on a ballad, Anton Teschner worked some Spanish guitar magic, Marc Odell sang some background vocals on “Rehab Man”!

 I just taped a radio show with The Folk Sessions ( luminary, Tom Agostino, where he plays some tracks from the new album and interviews me - he posted it here on spotify:  (

As always, check my "Shows" page for upcoming gigs and I also post on the bookface thing. Here's a noteworthy upcoming concert:

 May/June 2018

Great news! The new album is completely recorded and the final mixes have been approved and it is off to the great Mastering Engineer, Paul du Gre, in Burbank CA.  I'm putting the finishing touches on the art work with the help of the generous and talented graphic artist Deb Meyers, then I have to figure out how to get the thing manufactured and into our hands - I'll let ya know when I know!

The last couple of things we did on the recording side are of note; for my song "Lost In Time", a song about a cello player, we were lucky to employ the services of the talented cellist, Amanda Shokrian, from the Silverlake Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles - that's the one Michael "Flea" Balzary (yes, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) founded, who turns out is a homegirl from the Chicagoland area, right near where I used to live, and she's a University of Illinois (Champaign) grad, where I also spent a lot of time - original home of REO Speedwagon (the good '70's Speedwagon that is!). Nice to have another mid-westerner on board!  Also producer Rick managed to get his legendary friend, and current bassist with the great band I See Hawks In LA, to sing some beautiful harmonies on three songs, he's a real talent and the results are wonderful.  Paul has seen it all and done it all, and is a great songwriter himself.  He's got some great rock and roll history, he was a member of The Strawberry Alarm Clock, along with the great Ed King back in 1970, who went on to Lynyrd Skynyrd (wow, never thought REO and Skynyrd would wind up on my site! - in the same paragraph, no less).

Speaking of I See Hawks In LA, my current favorite working band, they are on the verge of releasing their long awaited new album, "Live and Never Learn" check 'em out.   I couldn't be more proud to have some Hawk influence on my new self-titled album. Rick Shea, who is producing and playing all over it, is a long time part time Hawk, both recording and performing with them.  The drummer, recording and mixing engineer on my album is the amazing Shawn Nourse who was a full-time Hawk for a great run of albums and tours, and now I've got Paul Marshall, their current longtime bassist and singer on a few songs - their harmonies are amazing and one of a kind - again - go check out I See Hawks In LA!


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