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Middletown, New York, United States | SELF

Middletown, New York, United States | SELF
Band Rock Funk


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"Rawson Rocks Upstate NY Review!"

November 20, 2010 at 9:30 p.m. at the Electric Company on Varick St., Rawson from New York City and locals, Through the Looking Glass join returning Silversyde of Saratoga at the next Utica Music and Arts Festival Showcase.

Rawson’s parlor trick is a time warp. A gritty psychedelic soul funk envelopes Sean Rawson’s alternately rasping and soaring vocal while he takes charge of a big rock show reminiscent of early 70s soul funk. The slow R&B numbers smolder seductively without sacrificing melody or the relentless groove. This fresh yet timeless sound has already gained the band an enthusiastic local following and luckily, there’s plenty of time to get in on the ground floor!

- Melissa Walker

"IGF Music Publishing Song Review"

Song: Nothin But Fear
Words & Music: Sean Haythe
Advisory Board members comments:
*Obviously the frontman is aware that he is very good at what he does. Soulful vocals and stellar blues guitar work really make this song come to life. I think the bridge was laid out wel, nice little break from the song and hook laden.

Song: I'm Gonna Show You
Words & Music: Sean Haythe
*This group is really solid. They are overall really energetic and soulful, and I would bet they are amazing live.
*RAWSON is on track. Funky, powerful and respectable lyrics. Nice funky, bluesvibe. The guitar solo and a solid message are the highlights. - IGF Music Publishing Advisory Board

"College radio review"

(Rawson) can quote (me) on this, "Rawson is definitely doing their thing! we're playing them." - MD, WUSB

"Flanagan Retail Promotions"

"The new Rawson cd takes you on a musical ride that you don't want to get off." - Jon Flanagan

"Utica Music & Arts Fest"

Rawson totally dominated the UMAF! Before they were even finished we were working on a plan to get them back. - Rick Short/Festival organizer


Released the end of 2008
Available on itunes and cdbaby.com
1. Don't pass me by
2. Welcome
3. Never take me alive
4. See it in your eyes
5. Going Insane (re-recorded& mixed)
6. Everyday
7. Oh no
8. Dead man walking
9. I'm gonna show you (re-recorded & mixed)
10. Since you been gone
11. Save yourself



Founder, frontman and songwriter for Rawson Sean Haythe first realized his love of music at a very early age growing up with an upright piano in the living room. It was a gift his father gave to his mother when they bought their first home in HTFD Conn right across the street from an elementary school named "Rawson". He spent many nights sitting underneath the piano bench as his mother would jam with the aunt of a neighbor. Sean soon began plucking out his own tunes on the keys of the piano. Growing up in an interacial family, his father a black man and his mother a white woman, Sean was well aquainted with his dads love of R&B, Soul and Blues artists like B.B. King, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Barry White and the Styalistics as well as his moms more theatrical love of music, show tunes, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis and of course Elvis. Little did he know he was being raised in a soup of different styles of music that would become a reference years later when he would compose songs of his own. At 13 years old he was introduced to the guitar by a child hood friend. At 17 years old after many arguments with his father about his decision to be a musician, he packed up and jumped on a bus to NYC. He moved in with a girlfriend who bought him a cheap electric guitar that came with a small amp and began composing alot of the songs he performs today with Rawson. Already a vocally flexible singer Sean managed to work off and on doing backup with different acts in small clubs and even got a couple of small tours that gave him his first taste of life on the road. Sex, Drugs and Rock-n-Roll, he loved every minute of it. The innocence was gone but he had more subject matter to write about in his music. Sean finally decided it was time to start doing his own thing. He began hitting the open mic scene to see what kind of response his music would get. He was asked to come back and do small solo sets. After a year of this he felt sure enough about his music that he would start to put together a band. Enter flamboyant lead guitar player Jimi Sharp aka The String Strangler, Edwin Alvarado aka Fab on bass and Greg Norwood aka G on drums. "We try not to forget that we're in a band because we love to play music and if we can share the feeling we feel when we play for people who come out to see us live or listen to our cd's than we have succeeded because that's what it's all about,,,,,,right? Rawson's new self titled cd is on sale at itunes & cdbaby.com