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Soul Blues Man Johnny Rawls

November 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm


Johnny Rawls is a soul blues legend. In fact, the term “soul blues” describes his music!

With a career spanning more than 50 years, Johnny has tried it all and is internationally recognized as a producer and songwriter. The Blues Music Awards, Blues Blast Awards, Living Blues Awards and WC Handy awards have all recognized him with multiple awards and nominations, describing him as a “soul-blues renaissance man” in Living Blues Magazione.

Born in Columbia, Mississippi in 1951, Johnny’s interest in music began with the clarinet in the school band in 5th grade. Over the next years, he graduated to saxophone, trumpet and other instruments. He heard his grandfather play guitar one Christmas morning at age 13 and began learning the instrument in earnest. He eventually became the band leader for soul singer OV Wright, and toured with him until 1980.

This is your opportunity to see him, meet him, in our intimate venue.  Johnny has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival numerous times, The Russian River Blues Festival, The King Biscuit Blues Festival, The Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, Poconos, as well as festivals in Sweden and Poland. He has  just  returned  from  an  international  tour  and  performances  on  the  Blues  Cruise.


November 18
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm