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Johnny Rawls Rockin' in Rockland



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About the Actor

"Johnny Rawls was born in the Mississippi town of Purvis, eight miles from Hattiesburg, in 1951. His father was a mill worker; his mother a devoted homemaker; his grandfather played the blues guitar. By the time he was twelve or thirteen years old, young Johnny was already learning the rudiments of music. Mere instrumental virtuosity, however, was never his only focus. He remembers that he used to play O.V. Wright s records whenever he had the opportunity to put a couple of nickels in a jukebox. Rawls began playing behind some of the south s biggest blues and soul artists when his high school band director, Mr. Carl Gates, became so impressed with the young man s musicianship that he asked him to play with his own professional aggregation... a show band that accompanied such stars as Z.Z. Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, Joe Tex, and the Sweet Inspirations when they came through the area. In 1969, he took a trip to Milwaukee to visit a friend and ended up moving their permanently. But, although most of the musicians with whom he d been working were based in the south, the move didn t curtail his career... it just made the road trips a bit longer. In the mid-70s, Rawls saw a childhood dream come true... He went to work for his old idol, O.V. Wright, as Wright s band director. After Wright died in 1980, Rawls joined Little Johnny Taylor and led his band for several years. Restless to strike out on his own, he eventually began to tour under his own names, and he also began to record. He cut a 45 for the obscure Rainbow label in Milwaukee; in 1985, he initiated a label of his own, called Touch, and issued an LP entitled You re The One. Most of his time, however, was still spent on the road playing his sweet soul d fusion of blues, R&B, and emotion-laden pop stylings for audiences throughout the south. Rawls finally came to the attention of what might be called the "crossover" audience... the predominantly white listenership that gets most of its blues from CDs and nightclubs, instead of black-oriented blues radio and chitlin circuit lounges... when Willie Cobbs (of "You Don t Love Me" fame) put him in touch with Jim O Neal of Rooster Blues records. Rawls, along with fellow soul session stalwart L.C. Luckett, accompanied Cobbs on his widely acclaimed Rooster blues disk Down To Earth in 1994. He stayed on with Rooster, arranging sessions and working as a studio musician with such artists as Lonnie Shields and the flamboyant Super Chikan; in 1995 he and Luckett released their own disk for Rooster Blues, Can t Sleep At Night. He also continued to perform and tour at a pace that would have exhausted a less-dedicated musician. However it wasn t until Here We Go, his 1996 debut disk for JSP, that Rawls really had the chance to put himself out front, performing his best material. Since then there s been no looking back. Rawls believes he s finally achieved the balance... among musical styles; between vocations; between the security of home and the musical adventures of the road... that he s always sought. Still happy as a transplanted Milwaukeean, he nonetheless proudly attests to his ongoing case of white-line fever, at least some of which is grounded in his love for the musical and philosophical approach of his native southland." "The south has an attitude," he avows. "I would describe the attitude as more real, more serious... a lot of northern musicians are just in a hurry; it s about money. Instead of being off into the music, they re off into What am I gonna get for this? . I

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  • Actors: Johnny Rawls and his Band
  • Directors: Richard Pelletier, Executive Producer Paul Benjamin
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Juke Joint, North Atlantic Records
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2007
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B000U1ZO8C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,484 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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