Sat, July 7, 2018, 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Rawls was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States. He was taught the rudiments of guitar playing by his blind grandfather, and also played the saxophone and clarinet in high school in Purvis, Mississippi. Having mastered guitar playing by his mid teens, Rawls’ schoolteacher arranged for him to back musicians who were touring through Mississippi, such as Z. Z. Hill and Joe Tex. In the mid 1970s, Rawls joined O. V. Wright’s backing band, became his music director and played together with Wright until the latter’s death in 1980. The band then continued billed as the Ace of Spades Band for another 13 years, and toured and performed with other musicians over this time span. These included B.B. King, Little Milton, Bobby Bland, Little Johnny Taylor, and Blues Boy Willie. He is a prolific songwriter with over 100 of his songs recorded.
Visit the Artist’s website: www.johnnyrawlsblues.com
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$15.00 General Admission
8240 Old Redwood Hwy