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Chris Rawlins


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Chris Rawlins


New Album


New Album


Bring On The RaiN 2/8/19

“Bring on the Rain” is Chris Rawlins’ debut album, self released in February 2019. Produced by Chris Rawlins and Steve Dawson (Dolly Varden) at Kernel Sound Emporium in Chicago, IL.

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Bring on the Rain is technically sound, showing a musician with years of practice and training. More so, it is artistically adept -- the album is the work of a soulful creator who is only beginning a promising career. Rawlins’ first album is timeless, genre-bending and beautiful. No doubt Rawlins’ will strum the heartstrings of listeners, and become an industry name in no time.” (Divide and Conquer Music)

“Chris Rawlins isn’t exactly a household name within Americana music just yet but as you listen to his debut album Bring on the Rain you quickly come to understand that he will be very soon.… Rawlins himself is a truly stunning song-writer who doesn’t just use his deft hands for his finger-plucked guitar strings but also for his writing. His lyrics aren’t simply lyrics, they are more like tales, stories and poetry; all of which he has penned and adapted to suit his music and creating an album that reads like a mildly surrealistic novel” (Artree)

A rich and unforgettable first album from this Chicago based songwriter.” Bring On The Rain, released February 8th, 2019, was recorded in Chicago at Kernel Sound Emporium with the help of producer/engineer/musician, Steve Dawson. Through vivid lyrics, and striking chord and melodic changes,Rawlins has written here songs about ordinary life, its personal nature, and how, very often, from different perspectives, it has differing effects on the people involved in the songs, and on an audience, or an individual listening.” (Americana UK).


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Chris Rawlins is a folk and roots influenced singer-songwriter based in Chicago, IL distinguished by vivid lyrics, rich vocals and unique finger-style guitar playing. A native of the Midwestern United States, he draws from his upbringing in scenes both urban and rural to create a surreal, yet honest and relatable world for his songs to inhabit. An equal background in jazz and american folk music is evident in his surprising melodic turns and chord phrasing. After years spent honing his craft in Chicago’s folk and singer-songwriter circles, his debut album, "Bring on the Rain" released February 8th, 2019.

“You can tell, that as a listener you are in the hands of a precise, unnerving descriptor… Listen carefully, look out for the detail, let the words soothe or screech at you, and let the music amaze you… surreal and thought-provoking.” (Americana UK)

Bring on the Rain is technically sound, showing a musician with years of practice and training. More so, it is artistically adept -- the album is the work of a soulful creator who is only beginning a promising career. Rawlins’ first album is timeless, genre-bending and beautiful. No doubt Rawlins’ will strum the heartstrings of listeners, and become an industry name in no time.” (Divide and Conquer Music)


Chris’ interview with Voyage Chicago Magazine (full article here):

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?

I’ve always seen myself as a singer-songwriter, but I struggled to put a foot forward and do that for a long time. I grew up in Kalamazoo, MI and I’ve played in bands since high school but usually as a guitarist or bass player, never as band leader or songwriter. After high school I went to study music in college for two years, became frustrated at how technical and competitive that was and then changed majors to creative writing hoping that would lead me more into songwriting.

I wrote songs while in college but I was too shy to play them in public. Finally, once I graduated I felt like enough was enough. I had wasted enough time, so I decided to pack my things and move to New York City and focus on nothing but writing songs and performing them. I went to open mics every night and eventually got somewhat comfortable singing songs I wrote in front of people. Living in New York was unsustainable though, so that lasted less than a year before I moved back to Michigan briefly and then made my way to Chicago.

I’ve found Chicago to be much more my speed. New York may have given me the confidence to perform, but living in Chicago and becoming a part of the music community here has shaped my songwriting more than anything else. It’s taken a while but I’m pleased with where I am now. I went on my first tour this Summer and I’m finishing up a debut album.

Can you tell us more about your songwriting?

I write songs that try to describe feelings or things I can’t quite put into words any other way. I like writing songs with multiple angles or themes happening at the same time and fitting them together under the same emotional umbrella. I take a very visual approach to lyrics and let the narrative seep out of the images. So, I hope that people take away something like what you’d take away from a painting or photograph, with an endless number of little stories that stem from each image, line, verse, etc.

As for the music, I like to base melodies and chord progressions off of traditional themes. I’ve always loved jazz standards as well as traditional country music, so I think my songs tend to sound like a blend those two styles.