Chris Rawlins – Bring on the Rain

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

The high rise cluster of buildings on the cover of Chris Rawlins’ debut album suggests an adopted home of urban Chicago, though having spent many years developing his craft in New York, this singer songwriter actually began his journey in the wonderfully named Kalamazoo in Michigan some years before. Despite the stark inverted urban landscape, the songs have a surprising gentleness and simplicity to them, each delivered in a relaxed, almost reflective manner. Surrounded by a handful of choice musicians, notably Brian Wilkie on pedal steel, the songs lean towards tender country fare, though there are moments when Rawlins’ love of jazz is apparent, such as on “Leave.” Recorded in Chicago and produced by Steve Dawson, Bring on the Rain points positively in the direction of good things ahead for this new artist.