RAWLEY TAYLOR makes his music on an island out in the Baltic sea. The place belongs to Sweden and is called Gotland – full of history, an unspoiled coastline and overcrowded with tourists during the summer months – something like where he has his roots in Glorious Devon.
He pumps his music across the waves hoping someone out there is listening – and nowadays it looks like some people are. Unfortunately not so many in Sweden but there appears to be an audience much further off across the Atlantic.
Is it country music you may ask? Perhaps not all of it – but the country banner is wide and boundaries are made to be stretched.
Anyone who wants a fan-club badge sent to them only has to ask. Rawley loves to hear from anyone who has listened to a track or two.
There are now three albums out there in the digital world. Some can be ordered as physical CDs as well.
“The Golden Ring and Other Stories” surfaced in 2011, “A Touch Of Colour” saw the light in 2012 and the latest – and best of the bunch – “The Country Variations” was released towards the end of 2014.
Work has already started on another collection of songs.
The collection of Hawaiian shirts grows more slowly nowadays but one of them came out of the closet to provide a bit of colour on the back of the latest album.
Rawley believes that every song should tell a story. The latest set includes a tale about a guy in a supermarket who Rawley has observed over the years during each visit to the old country.
There’s also a tongue-in-cheek look at growing old disgracefully. The death of JD Salinger and the news that we would have to wait many years to read what he has been writing since he stopped publishing also inspired a song. Rawleys biggest success to date “The Country Rap” is also there as is the old favourite “Gasoline” in a more clean and tidy state.
Music should be fun to make and it sure is. Rawley just hopes that some of you will enjoy listening to what he churns out!
Check him out on his website or on ITunes and Spotify