Rawls rolls back into Rockland

Apr 10, 2014
Johnny Rawls

Rockland — The weekly blues series continues April 21 with a 7 p.m. show by Johnny Rawls. Admission at the door will be $10.

Rawls, last in town for New Year’s Eve, was born and raised in Mississippi and has done it all: producing; songwriting; horn arranging; rhythm, lead and bass guitar; keyboard; vocals and background vocals. He began playing professionally while still in high school with such stars as ZZ Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, Joe Tex and the Sweet Inspirations.

In the mid-1970s, Rawls went to work for O.V. Wright as his band director. After Wright's death in 1980, Rawls led Little Johnny Taylor's band until 1985, when he began touring as a solo artist and made his first solo recording. To date, Rawls has released more than a dozen albums under his name and has received multiple Blues Music Awards nominations. He has two BMA nods this year: his 2013 album “Remembering O.V.” is up for Soul Blues Album; and Rawls himself is up for Soul Blues Male Artist.

On Sunday, April 27, there will be a special weekend night of blues with Anthony Gomes, who will play from 6 to 10 p.m.; tickets at the door will be $15.

Upcoming in the weekly series are: April 28, Harper ($15); May 5, Mississippi Heat ($15); May 12, Diane Blue ($10); May 19, Lydia Warren ($10); May 26, Alexis P. Suter Band ($15). For more information, visit northatlanticbluesfestival.com and click on the Time Out Blues link. Also on the site is information about this summer’s fest, July 12 and 13. Advance blues festival tickets are $25 for either day or $50 for the full weekend.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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