As folk as any alternative musician and as alternative as any folk artist, singer/songwriter Gregory Rawlins is tougher to pin down than a feral cat. His inventive compositions, austere command of language, and homegrown honesty translates to what one coined as, “Alternatively Bestial Truck-Stop Folk.”
Rawlins’ playing style courts quick, jangly, Guthrie- like strumming and delicate alternating thumb finger picking that recalls a Country/Blues tinge of greats Townes Van Zandt or R.L. Burnside. His voice resides predominantly in the region of tenor, but takes disarming baritone forays, spoken word side-streets and the coarse grit of his musical portfolio’s earliest stages… Rock ‘n’ Roll. Beneath it all is a genuine wordsmith, whose songs immediately rise above the mediocrity of contemporary, self-proclaimed folk singers by going a step further than gushing out a feeling or two. Imagery and a keen sense of poetic cadence are the driving forces of this man’s work, and when compounded with irregular, yet traditionally steeped guitar structures, Gregory Rawlins is quick to both garner the intrigue of original music fans while frustrating show-goers who came to embrace that one song they lost their virginity to in 1967 or heard that afternoon on some poisonous hit-radio station.
Whether delivering a straight-forward ballad, or digressing into amalgam of ideas cloaked in metaphor, Rawlins is one of the few soloists at current who manages to never write the same song twice. When he isn’t presenting a new topic altogether, he is resurrecting an existing idea and giving it a purely characteristic overhaul– the result of which has placed him among the most adventurous and important musicians around.
Since taking his act on the road in late 2011, Rawlins has performed over 350 times across the United States, while releasing these full-length albums:
Sons of Guns’ Clutch (2007), The Amazing Circle of Boxes (2008), Fuggit, I’ll Bet a Hunnerd. (2010), Sons of Guns’ Oregon Slogan (2011), Elwha (2012), and Bottom Feeder Fellowship (2013).
You may find him touring alongside the likes of talents Grandma Kelsey, Justin Farren, Edmund Wayne, Mike Surber, Travis Ward or standing in as auxiliary Washboard player for the acclaimed and internationally touring Hillfolk Noir.
He has also shared the stage with –
Wooden Indian Burial Ground
Wayne Marvin Callahan
Neo Tundra Cowboy
A Seasonal Disguise
James Dean Kindle & the Eastern Oregon Playboys
Houses of Light
Yeah Great Fine
Tight Pants Slow Dance
Prick and the Burn
Jared Mees and the Grown Children
Run on Sentence
Aaron Mark Brown
Blackberry Bushes Stringband
After bushwhacking through three mystically overgrown releases of sonic wilderness, each with its fair share of shock and awe, accompaniment and clone, ambient tempest and conceptualized reverie, poet and musical pioneer Gregory Rawlins has released an album that encompasses all the intimacy and spareness of his arresting performances. The twelve songs that make up Bottom Feeder Fellowship are an earnest hat-tip to the long-since deserted minimalism produced in folk records a handful of times since the 1960′s. Refined and still utterly...Buy Album
Perhaps the darkest hopeful album of the year, ELWHA is at once a bittersweet brood, wrought with contemplations of death, the life beyond (if any), love and longing—elements spun from Rawlins’s ever evolving lyricism that continues to prove poetry is alive and well in modern music. “Haunting yet sweet. Perfect soundtrack for a lazy summer night.” -Common People of KUOI FM Just eight months since the release of Oregon Slogan by Sons of Guns, this record is a full departure from the fast and sweaty realm of...Buy Album
Move over “Git ‘r’ Done”, this snapshot of one country bumpkin’s struggle to overcome the magical and maddening affects of small town living are illustrated in this 15-song daydream. Dust, sunset, booze, wilderness, religion, and love– bookended with a local AM radio weather report. Guest musicians include Jeff Grammer, Bill Atwood, Josh Schaeffer, Ian Clark, and Heather Tomlinson. Cowboy up to this record,...Buy Album
The debut album containing 19 songs recorded between 2002 and 2007 in various garages, barns, warehouses, and dungeons. Guest musicians include Bill Atwood, Annie Eskelin (Test Audiences), Jeff Grammer (Test Audiences & Elidila), Michael Surber (Sons of Guns), and a host of others. At times simple and solemn, at other times raucous and erratic, this collection of tunes culminate in a completely colorful and whimsical lack of concept. Hooray!! DEMO TRACKS: Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play...Buy Album