Johnny Rawls, the Mississippi Blues Man, was born in Columbia, Mississippi in 1951. He delivered a high-energy show to the delight of the dancing and enthusiastic audience at Apollo, Bremerhaven, DE on 2020-02-21. Johnny was accompaned by the amazing “The Özdemirs”, Erkan Özdemir (b) and his sons Kenan Özdemir (g, voc) und Levent Özdemir (dr). Guest on the keyboards from Italy, Alberto Marsico.
The Blues Music Awards frequently recognize Johnny’s work. To date, ten of Johnny’s albums have been nominated for Soul Blues Album of the Year, with “I’m Still Around” winning in 2019 and “Ace of Spades” winning in 2010. Johnny has been nominated for Soul Blues Male Artist eleven times, and received one nomination for Song of the Year. Roots Music Report declared Johnny’s 2017 release, “Waiting for the Train,” one of the top 50 blues albums of the year. Johnny also has multiple nominations/awards from Blues Blast Magazine and Living Blues Magazine.With his 2018 release, “I’m Still Around,” Johnny returned to his roots in Mississippi Soul Blues. All the songs on this album were written and arranged by Johnny, and reflect his favorite subjects – falling in and out of love, making love, and enjoying and being thankful for life. Johnny is extremely proud to have won the Soul Blues Album of the year at the 2019 BMAs for this release.