Posted: September 26, 2013
Singer Johnny Rawls is Remembering O.V. on new tribute to soul/blues great O. V. Wright
EL PASO, TX – Catfood Records announces an October 15 release date for Remembering O.V., the new CD from Blues Music Award-winning singer Johnny Rawls that pays tribute to his late friend and mentor, O.V. Wright. Blues Hall of Fame singer Otis Clay is a special guest on three tracks of the album, which features nine songs associated with Wright and an original cut, “Blaze of Glory,” that closes the album in rousing fashion.
Remembering O.V. was produced by Johnny Rawls and recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas. It was mixed by Jim Gaines at Bessie Blue Studio in Stantonville, Tennessee, and mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters in Memphis.
“O. V. Wright was a God-gifted singer,” says Johnny Rawls in the album’s liner notes about the most underappreciated of soul greats. “He didn’t have to practice on it. He didn’t have to work on it. The only thing he had to do was open his mouth and his song became life.” Rawls saw the Wright magic first-hand: he was Wright’s music director and guitarist back in the 1970s and after his mentor died in 1980 he played a large role in keeping Wright’s band going strong into the 1990s. (They backed and opened for R&B stars like Little Johnny Taylor, Little Milton and Bobby “Blue” Bland).
Rawls, in his own long-established solo career, continues to draw inspiration from Wright’s Southern soul music. Over his previous three albums for Catfood Records, Rawls included a song on each from the Wright catalogue: “Ace of Spades,” “Blind, Crippled and Crazy” and “Eight Men, Four Women;” all are reprised here and benefit from the expert remixing work of three-time Grammy winner Jim Gaines and multiple award-winning mastering engineer Brad Blackwood.
Other notable Wright classics on Remembering O.V. include “Precious, Precious,” Nickel and a Nail” and “Into Something (I Can’t Shake Loose),” as well as lesser known - but equally as powerful - songs such as “Poor Boy,” “Don’t Let My Baby Ride” and ”Searching.”