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Tiger In A Cage

Johnny Rawls

Catfood Records 2016

Review by David Bowling

 

Johnny Rawls learned his craft as O.V. Wright’s band leader until his death in 1980. He then continued to lead the Ace Of Spades band for the next 13 years as they backed many of the leading blues artists of the day including B.B. King, Little Milton, Bobby Bland, and Johnny Taylor. In 1996, he released his first solo album Here We Go. Now 12 Blues Music Award nominations later, he will issue his latest album, Tiger In A Cage, on February 19th.

Rawls has one of those wonderfully soulful voices that is able to convey passion and emotion in a released manner.

His new album consists of three covers and nine original compositions. The Rolling Stones “Beast Of Burdon,” Sam Cooke’s “Having A Party” and Jackie Wilson’s classic “Your Love Is Lifting Me (Higher And Higher)” are all transformed into his laid back and bluesy style.

His own compositions; “Born To The Blues,” “Every Woman Needs A Working Man,” “Southern Honey,” and “I Would be Nothing” continue his string of old-school party type music releases.

Johnny Rawls has carved out a nice niche for himself. His latest release, Tiger In A Cage, is a nice addition to his sweet soul and blues legacy.

 

Rating: ***1/2

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