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.

Melody and me in Bishop, CA, on the West side of the mighty Sierras.

Melody and me in Bishop, CA, on the West side of the mighty Sierras.

May 2019

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!

April 2019

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!

March 2019

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!



January 2019


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 @   


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 every Sunday 12 Noon, with a repeat 1am Monday morning (7pm Sunday night in Nashville). 



Stewart Fenwick 


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


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