I'm having the great opportunity of spending some extended time in LA working on a few projects and getting re-acquanted with many old friends and meeting new ones. Real nice to return to where I called home for many years to re-discover things with a whole new POV. Stay tuned.
The great drummer and engineer, Shawn Norris, just put a playlist together of a bunch of songs he's played on by a great bunch of artists, so nice to be a part of that gang - thanks Shawn. Shawn was in I See Hawks In LA, a top favorite band of mine over 10 years ago and was lucky enough to get him to drum, engineer and mix my recent album. Check out who he plays with!
Great show I'm really looking forward to this Friday (April 19), trading sets with the amazing Jonathan Best at Mark's Beer Garden on the wonderful Jim Sobo's Howling Coyotes tour. I just finished a podcast on the hilariously talented Matt Santos' Mile High Show, this time on Jim's Howling Coyote Radio hour. As usual hilarity and passion ensued and both of us performed a couple songs each - check it out!
It's been a "keep my head down" and get through the winter mode around here - we had more snow in the mountains of Arizona than in recorded history! Meanwhile I'm getting back into promo-mode of the album after a successful run in the UK and Europe, and re-focusing back here on the USA, stay tuned and have a cup of coffee!
Review by Simon Beards in Maverick -"The leading independent country music magazine" in the UK:
Review by Stewart Fenwick in Country Music & Dance In Scotland magazine:
Please find attached my reviews from the latest issue of Country Music & Dance In Scotland magazine.
The reviews are also online @ http://cmdsstewart.blogspot.co.uk/
The CD's have all been played on my weekly Celtic Country radio show on Celtic Music Radio, now on DAB as well as 95FM in Glasgow, and online worldwide at celticmusicradio.net every Sunday 12 Noon, with a repeat 1am Monday morning (7pm Sunday night in Nashville).
Playlists are @ http://celticcountryplaylists.blogspot.co.uk/
Some great new reviews of the album!
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.
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!
Line Music: https://music.line.me/artist/mi000000000f375e93
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: