Dutch review by Bas Booy for Real Roots Cafe - translated to English - click link for original Dutch!:
Singer-songwriter Garrick Rawlings has lived in quite a few states of the USA. In Kansas He was born, then he stayed in Michigan, Indiana, Chicago, South Californiē and currently Arizona. Initially He was a hard-rock electric guitarist, then he embraced the Blues in Chicago, then rock ' n roll in California and then he came by chance in the Folkwereld rightly he was a while road manager and sidekick of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, opened For Dave Alvin and Rick Shea (also the producer of this CD) and became an excellent singer-songwriter. And that can be heard on this beautiful CD.
11 songs and 50 minutes playing time, songs that really matter. The long-haired (grey, though) and with a nice gritty voice blessed Rawlings is a real discovery for me. His Music mixes rock, folk, country and Latin into a beautiful blend. The base tracks are recorded live in a room by the band, which lays a great ground for the beautiful songs of Rawlings. Both fully acoustic settings and pleasant combinations of electric guitar, slide guitar and steel guitar, a beautiful accordion party of Skip Edwards in a wonderful cover of Townes masterpiece ' Poncho and Lefty '. There is a beautiful cello accompaniment in ' Lost in Time '. Most of The accompaniment work is in The hands of Garrick (guitars, mandolin) and Rick Shea (guitars, steel guitar, mandolin), Dave Hall (bass) and Shawn Nourse (drums). A striking song is ' Eye Of A Thief ', where Garrick with only his acoustic guitar sounds like an early Dylan. There was once a Debut CD, ' Million Miles ' (2003) and a live CD (2006), Unknown to me.
A whole gift CD, this Garrick Rawlings. A recommendation for lovers of Very good singer-songwriter work. A topper, this man. (Peloponnese Records)
"Garrick Rawlings" (Peloponnese Records)
By Kevin Bryan
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."