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JERRY LAWSON

JUST A MORTAL MAN

The ‘Jerry Lawson Legacy Project,’ an exclusive series for Blues America, explores the history of Jerry Lawson and the legendary Persuasions in chronological order as explained in a biographical commentary by Jerry and Julie Lawson with special guests.

Jerry Lawson is arguably one of the most important figures in the genre of a’cappella (singing without the use of instrumental accompaniment). For more then 40 years, Lawson was the lead singer, producer, arranger and founding member of the Persuasions, the most famous a’cappella group to date, and the only performers of their genre to earn worldwide mainstream success. Jerry Lawson and the Persuasions have undoubtedly done more to popularize a’capella then anyone else before or since. Lawson launched a solo career in 2004 soon after releasing an album with Talk of the Town and appearing on CBS's the Sing-Off. At the age of 71, he is releasing his first solo album on Nashville Red Beet Records, 'Just a Mortal Man.'

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Kim Wilson

Sho Nuff I Do

Blues and Boogie

Severn Records

2017

BLUES at

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WAY WAY

Back Blues

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Poor Boy Blues

Okeh Records

OK-4650

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Soundbite

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Film

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BLUES

KickOff

Johnny Rawls

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Cat Food Records

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Alabama Mike

Meet Me in the Bottom

Howlin' at Greaseland

West Tone Records

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112

Show 112: OCT 20 to OCT 26, 2017

JOHNNY RAWLS

OCT

2017

Johnny Rawls is a Southern Mississippi soul-blues legend who cut his teeth with ZZ Hill, and Joe Tex before becoming O.V. Wright’s band leader. After O.V.’s death he led Little Johnny Taylor’s band before launching a solo career and scoring several hit records, Red Cadillac and Lucy (Get Juicy). Rawls has been featured on many magazine covers and in 2009 was honored with a Blues Trail Marker next to Tyrone Davis and Little Milton, located at the original site of the Hi Hat Club in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He has been nominated for 14 Blues Music Awards.

 
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