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Johnny Rawls biography



Born (1951-09-10) September 10, 1951 Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States Genres Soul blues Occupations Singer, guitarist, arranger, songwriter, producer Instruments Guitar, vocals Years active 1970s–present Labels JSP, various Website Johnnyrawlsblues.com Johnny Rawls is an American soul blues singer, guitarist, arranger, songwriter and record producer. He was influenced by the deep soul music of the 1960s, as performed by O. V. Wright, James Carr, and Z. Z. Hill, although his styling, production and lyrics are more contemporary in nature. To date, Rawls has released more than a dozen albums under his name. Life and career Rawls was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States. His debut solo album, Here We Go, was released on JSP in 1996. The Allmusic journalist, Thom Owens, noted, "Rawls has a powerful, soulful voice which can make mediocre material sound convincing." His 2006 album Heart & Soul, was nominated for a Blues Music Award for 'Best Soul Blues Album of the Year'. In the same year, the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame named him 'Best Vocalist'. Rawls has played three times at the Chicago Blues Festival, twice at the Long Beach Blues Festival, and at the Boundary Waters Blues Festival and plays as many as 15 festivals each year. Red Cadillac (2008), Ace of Spades (2010) and Memphis Still Got Soul (2012) all won the Critics Choice Award for Best Album of the Year in Living Blues. He has also been honored, along with Little Milton and Tyrone Davis, with a Blues Trail Marker in Hattiesburg. Rawls latest album Memphis Still Got Soul, was released in April 2011, his fourth album for Catfood Records. He is a profilic songwriter with over 100 of his songs recorded. He has produced Catfood Records Albums for Jackie Johnson and Barbara Carr. Discography Albums 1994 Can't Sleep At Night Rooster Blues Billed as Rawls & Luckett 1995 Down to Earth Rooster Blues Billed as Rawls & Luckett 1996 Here We Go JSP Records 1997 Louisiana Woman JSP Records 1999 My Turn to Win JSP Records 2001 Put Your Trust in Me JSP Records 2002 Lucky Man Deep South Soul 2002 Get Up & Go JSP Records Compilation album 2004 Live in Montana Deep South Soul Live album 2005 No Boundaries Topcat Records/Catfood Records 2006 Heart & Soul Deep South Soul 2008 Red Cadillac Catfood Records 2009 Ace of Spades Catfood Records 2011 Memphis Still Got Soul Catfood Records