Albums/CD

Million Miles: CD
  • Million Miles: CD

Million Miles: CD

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Recorded in my garage in Hermosa Beach California on a 4-track cassette tape machine, on the cusp of digital takeover in 2003. A real nice DIY project packaged in a beautiful tri-fold digi-pack full of photos and credits; shipping included. There's a great duet with Ramblin' Jack Elliott on "Dollars To Dust" ...and that's Rick Shea's Telecaster on the first cut; "Just Passin' Thru". The great jazz pianist Tom Gruzo plays and arranges strings on "Million Miles". Chris Brantley drums on the first and last song.

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Million Miles

Garrick Rawlings

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ORIGINAL MILLION MILES PRESS RELEASE

Million Miles is Garrick Rawlings’ debut release, a collection of 10 self-penned, self-recorded songs ranging from quiet introspection to loud protest.

As stated in the opening cut, “Just Passin’ Thru,” Garrick was born in Wichita, Kansas and grew up in a small town in Southwestern Michigan. “Sturgis lies at the midpoint on an old Chicago-Detroit Indian trail, now called US-12,” explains Rawlings. His mother was born and raised in Chicago, daughter of Greek immigrants, while his dad is from farm country in central Illinois as described in “Lincoln Penny.” “I had the best of both worlds; growing up in a small town environment, along with plenty of exposure and time spent in the city of Chicago. I started out working on farms and then in the factories that fed the Detroit automotive industry.”

Garrick’s Midwestern roots and adventurous Western migration are all over these songs. He started playing electric guitar early in high school and has been at it ever since.

Garrick reveled in the aggressive rock attitude emanating two hours northeast of Sturgis in Detroit (the aftermath of the MC5/Stooges era,) and was exposed to massive amounts of blues and some jazz two hours southwest over in Chicago. “When I was living in Chicago, I had the good fortune to hear many brilliant blues musicians. This one guy, Lefty Dizz, played in a nearby dive after Cubs day baseball games. I watched and listened to that guy I don’t know how many times and could never figure out why nobody had heard of him. He liked to take about jamming with the Rolling Stones at Buddy Guy's club”.

“Dizz was a tiny guy with a west side, uptown look, one of those guys who always wore a suit and had all the moves onstage. He had a wonderful twinkle in his eye, a marvelous grin and loved to drag his guitar along the floor with one hand while playin’ licks at the same time with the other hand. He had a beautiful, nasty tone and played southpaw on a right-handed Strat, strung right-handed. Dizz never really made any proper records before he died in ‘93 but did record a decent one-off with Louisiana Red. I learned later that he did have a reputation as a hotshot gunslingin’ guitar cat, but he could never be found! I was damn lucky to have wandered into that bar one day; I soon had a regular stool! There was a play based on his life performed in Chicago for a while after he died.”

Moving a Million Miles away to Los Angeles, Rawlings survived by working numerous jobs in the film industry and; "I was really at a loss artistically until I discovered the solo works of Dave Alvin and Tom Russell along with rediscovering MC5 songwriter/guitarist Wayne Kramer, and his rebirth as a solo artist. It finally dawned on me that I needed to get it done myself, my own way, like those guys.”

Around this time, Rawlings was getting to know Ramblin’ Jack Elliott through mutual friends. “Of course I was and am a huge Ramblin’ Jack fan and was thrilled to meet and hang out with him. Jack’s wife/manager/road manager Jan always made sure to get me backstage to say hello when he was in town. Sadly, Jan got very sick and then died way before her time from a liver ailment, leaving Jack heartbroken and alone with gigs to play. I was available at the time and for better or worse, became Ramblin’ Jack’s road manager. Along with his usual solo appearances, I was fortunate enough to be along for shows with Merle Haggard, John Prine and the Everly Brothers and some great Cowboy Poetry Gatherings. There’s no way and not enough hours in the day to describe the value and good fortune of the time I spend together with Jack -my god- he started out with Woody Guthrie!”

Garrick’s music is neither traditional folk, blues nor rock and roll. “The best I can describe it in terms of comparison, with no intent of insulting the masters, is Neil Young meets Johnny Cash meets Led Zeppelin meets Wayne Kramer meets Dave Alvin meets Tom Russell meets John Prine meets…well, you get the idea.

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  1. 1 Just Passin' Thru 03:42 Info
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  2. 2 Whiskey, Cryin', Pain... 03:43 Info
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  3. 3 Million Miles 07:41 Info
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  4. 4 Soul Fly 03:06 Info
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  5. 5 Lincoln Penny 05:34 Info
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  6. 6 Little White Cross 03:39 Info
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  7. 7 Homogenize 04:06 Info
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  8. 8 Dollars To Dust (with Ramblin' Jack Elliott) 03:53 Info
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  9. 9 Worst Girl 03:37 Info
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  10. 10 Two 06:27 Info
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DVD

Live In San Diego DVD (3 song version w/artwork)
  • Live In San Diego DVD (3 song version w/artwork)
  • Live In San Diego DVD (3 song version w/artwork)

Live In San Diego DVD (3 song version w/artwork)

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This video is taken from a concert presented by the Acoustic Music San Diego Concert Series at the Normal Heights United Methodist Church where I opened for Dave Alvin. Kurt Mahoney was there to capture Dave’s show and was kind enough to tape and share my set as well, thanks Kurt!

There are two DIY DVD versions offered here. This one is a three song cherry pick from the opening set ($7). Included is the video-capture photo inset artwork. The other is the whole set (seven songs) warts and all, with a single, printed insert ($9).

I first saw Dave Alvin in the early 1980's when the Blasters opened up for Eric Clapton on his "Money and Cigarettes" tour at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I remember being very disappointed because Clapton was mostly playing rhythm while the other guitar player was taking all the leads. I was too young and ignorant to know that the “other” guitar player was the great Albert Lee. Clapton was coming to terms with the great challenge of becoming sober from alcohol at that time and wasn't too concerned with guitar hero heroics I reckon. Many years later I was on the road with Ramblin' Jack and we opened a show for the Everly Brothers where Albert Lee was the band leader and guitar player. Albert was very gentlemanly and approachable and I laid that little story on him and he got a chuckle hearing a midwestern teenager's take on that gig!

The next time I saw Dave Alvin was at McCabe's in Santa Monica, California where I went to go see Ramblin' Jack as he was on a West coast barnstorming tour with his then Hightone label mates Alvin, Tom Russell and Chris Smither. This night changed my life, it was very similar to when I was a teenager and discovered the deep cuts from The Who, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, The Stones, etc. on trips to Chicago listening to all night FM radio after only knowing AM radio hits in rural Michigan. I had no idea that there was such magnificent song craft going on in the indy roots seen, it was a revelation to sit there and hear these guys perform their wonderful songs on acoustic guitar, it was a revelation that continues to this day. It was that day that gave me the courage to start singing my own songs and start following this path. I got to talk to Dave about that Clapton gig, to my surprise, he really remembered it; “Kalamazoo” he said, “I remember that gig…”. He had some stories man, earlier in the tour, might have been Detroit, he told me Clapton’s touring drummer couldn’t do it and The Blaster’s drummer, Bill Bateman stepped in and saved the day, it was one of those kind of tours. It was not at all lost on me, the honor of opening for Dave Alvin.

Live In San Diego DVD (full 7- song set version)

Live In San Diego DVD (full 7- song set version)

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This DVD shares the same description as the 3-song version above. This DIY DVD contains the whole set, warts and all.