SEEKINGRhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Keyboard, Piano.
I'm getting ready to release my first solo album. I've only ever played solo gigs with this music but I've been performing in bands for about 15 years. I'm looking to put a band together to play these songs out and potentially collaborate on new songs. I'm confident that if we get a tight group together we could do something really special and gig consistently.
- Screen name:
- Member since:
- Aug 20 2017
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years together:
- Gigs played:
- 10 to 50
- 31 years
Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bon Iver, Eels, Phosphorescent
Members Of Band
Ryan Rawlings- Vocals, Guitar
I may have access to a practice space with basic equipment (drum set, PA, amps)
Restless Farewell (Bob Dylan cover)
Restless Farewell (Bob Dylan cover)I LOVE this song. It’s one of his that I feel like you don’t hear much about. I like how laid back I sound on it. It’s super intimate, probably because I wasn’t expecting to ever release it. I also would have used a better mic had I known. This relaxed version of me is not something you hear much on record, but I think it fits the sentiment of the lyrics.
POCKETI recorded this immediately after watching The Devil and Daniel Johnston. I wanted to make something that sounded like he made it. I think I got kind of close. It’s one weird chord and the lyrics are all improvised, so hopefully with that knowledge you won’t judge too harshly. I think it’s pretty funny.
Virginia Beach (Demo)
Virginia Beach (Demo)This was the last song I wrote for Nobody Knows This Is Everywhere. It’s another one that changed A LOT from demo to album version. Ben Green and I struggled with it and discussed different possible options for it. We settled on a mix of Suicide and black metal with falsetto vocals. I think its pretty unique and cool. This demo is almost excruciatingly slow and the vocals are super fragile but I still love it. To compare the demo to the final version check out the album on Spotify, iTunes, or Youtube!
Song For Zula (Phosphorescent cover)
Song For Zula (Phosphorescent cover)I really love these lyrics. I think I mainly learned it just so I could sing them. In fact I think I just did this one take and stopped because that’s all I could handle at the time. You can hear me have a little moment and mess up my entrance on the last verse.
Pyramid Song (Radiohead cover)
Pyramid Song (Radiohead cover)This is one of my favorite Radiohead songs. Partly because Amnesiac was the first album I bought from them when I was 14. I knew “Creep” and “Paranoid Android” and some of the other songs from the radio, but this was one of my first exposures to their music, so it has that nostalgic feeling attached. But it’s also just legitimately great. This cover features the only guest musician on Jesus had a fish. That’s my friend Micah on guitar. He makes music too, go check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/mountainsong
All I Want Is You (U2 cover)
All I Want Is You (U2 cover)U2 gets a pretty bad rap. I get it. There have been some cringeworthy moves. But I think their music, for the most part, is pretty solid. In fact, I’d say they’ve written at least a few of the best songs ever. I wouldn’t put this song on that list BUT it’s a personal favorite of mine, and an overlooked one, I think, because it was on a highly detested album.
VD!!!This is a song I wrote for my keyboard class in music school so that I didn’t have to learn someone else’s song on piano. I think my teacher thought I was nuts, but I thought it was pretty funny, so it stuck with me and I later recorded this version. I was listening to a lot of Mike Patton at the time… maybe you can pick up on that… but the bridge actually reminds me of Elton John or something until it gets insane. So that makes me laugh. Not a lot of people have heard this but I think the world is ready.
Let Me Love You (Ne-Yo cover)
Let Me Love You (Ne-Yo cover)This is definitely an outlier here. There’s a lot of bad pop music out there. But sometimes a good song finds it’s way to the surface. And sometimes that good song can get overshadowed by trendy production. Just my opinion I guess, but I do genuinely like this song at its core so I recorded this version.
Cracked Seashells (1st Demo)
Cracked Seashells (1st Demo)So this song changed a lot since this original demo… that’s maybe an understatement. I was going for a Nine Inch Nails/Radiohead type thing with Tricky-era Massive Attack on the bridge. The tone probably matches the lyrics better on this version, but I’m glad I changed it. “Cracked Seashells” is a highlight for most people when they hear Nobody Knows This Is Everywhere, and that would probably not have been the case if it had stayed in it’s original form. Plus it’s just more interesting in every way in it’s current form. I always liked the lyrics on this but I never felt happy with it, and it was also nearly impossible for me to play it in a live setting. Then one magical day I came up with some new chords on guitar and basically improvised the melody. I worked on it a little more, then recorded a second demo that I later took to Ben Green. A lot of credit goes to him and the other studio musicians for the final product, but I thought this was an interesting look into what the evolution of a song can be. You can check out the album version right here on SoundCloud!
Don't Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve (Demo)
Don't Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve (Demo)This is one of those songs that was just enhanced so much by the musicians who played on it. This and “Sometimes” were my least favorite of my songs going in to record my album, Nobody Knows This Is Everywhere, until Ben Green, Luke Schuster, and Ben Tufts had their collective way with it. Now those are two of my favorite tracks. This is the demo we started with, though, and essentially the song is there. The lyrics and chords haven’t changed but those guys just added incredible dynamics to it. I remember during mixing I kept asking Ben Green to crank up that organ higher and higher on the second verse. This is definitely an interesting one to compare and contrast. I actually really like my singing on the demo, it’s super raw, but you can hear me struggle with the guitar playing. I’m pretty sure I recorded it live using my little two input preamp. To compare go check out the album on Spotify, Youtube, or iTunes!
Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division cover)
Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division cover)I love the original Joy Division version of this song, but I never thought it quite captured the despair and longing of the lyrics, so I made this dirge of a cover. This was one of my early experiments with recording myself, but I only had a cheap USB mic at the time so you get that lovely background hiss. I recorded the piano on my parents’ upright which barely gets played so it has a slightly out of tune sound which I like because it fits the tone of the song. I recorded the vocals in my bathroom with the mic positioned far away from me so all that reverb is natural. I obviously didn’t play to a click so you can hear me trying to anticipate the piano hits.
Paper Walls (Demo)
Paper Walls (Demo)This demo sounds more or less like what ended up on my album Nobody Knows This Is Everywhere. Obviously it’s a demo, so it’s rough, but the idea is fully formed. Ben Green helped with adding some harmonies to the final product as well as that ominous synth drone at the end that everyone loves, and Luke Schuster came up with some cool keyboard melodies. If you haven’t heard the album version go check it out on Spotify, iTunes, or Youtube to compare!
When The Ship Comes In (Bob Dylan cover)
When The Ship Comes In (Bob Dylan cover)I’ve always loved this song and this album, The Times They Are a-Changin’. It’s one of the songs Dylan chose to play at The March On Washington in 1963. In our current age of disposable pop music, it’s kind of hard to wrap your brain around the fact that songs like “When the Ship Comes In” or “Blowin in the Wind” could have the kind of cultural impact that they did. The closest comparison is probably Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”. This song has been covered many times, but I liked the idea of it being a slow steady build until it becomes almost frenzied and explosive by the end. I think it encapsulates the essence of the lyrics and overall theme.
Cracked SeashellsThis is the first single off of my album Nobody Knows This Is Everywhere! It's got a bit of an old school soul vibe, think Motown or Stax. Here's the link to the full album: https://open.spotify.com/album/5HuG4wzUxfAeCxfuYlxROc Jamison Ryan Rawlings- Vocals Ben Green- Guitar Ben Tufts- Bass, Drums Luke Schuster- Organ, Piano Alison Stewart- Backup Vocals Mixed by: Ben Green at Blue Room Productions, Herndon, VA Mastered by: Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters, Memphis, TN Album art by: Cassidy English
I Get Along Without You Very Well (Cover)
I Get Along Without You Very Well (Cover)
In Dreams (Roy Orbison cover)
In Dreams (Roy Orbison cover)I fell in love with this song when I first watched Blue Velvet. I had a Roy Orbison greatest hits CD but I hadn’t paid the song much mind for whatever reason until Dennis Hopper’s character menacingly spoke those lyrics to Kyle MacLachlan’s character. And when Dean Stockwell’s character lip-syncs the song… that song with those visuals is so interesting. I became obsessed with the song. When I learned how to play it on guitar I was so excited that I hastily recorded this version using my laptop’s interior microphone. I subsequently forgot how to play it and never re-learned it to record a better version. Oh well… I kind of like it though, it has that feeling of immediacy to it.
Leave No Flowers At My Grave (Demo)
Leave No Flowers At My Grave (Demo)This is a kind of bluesy one. Demo for Winter Romance.
Love Song (Demo)
Love Song (Demo)Another demo for the upcoming album "Winter Romance"
Sullivan Street Incident (Demo)
Sullivan Street Incident (Demo)Demo of my one of my original songs. Looking to re-record it soon.