Casper Rawls Band
Casper. That’s a ghost’s name. A friendly ghost, but a ghost nonetheless. Ghosts are quiet, that’s for sure.
Rick “Casper” Rawls is quiet; he’s also unassuming, self-effacing and exceedingly polite.
But Casper Rawls is not a ghost. Casper Rawls is a monster; a guitar-playing monster whose good manners and good taste never quite obscure his musical chops.
When the name Casper Rawls comes up in a music conversation the first thing most people talk about is how he’s such a nice guy and then .. .
Producer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/nickname purveyor R.S. Field sums it up well:
“When The Howlers, later Omar & The Howlers, moved from Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Austin in 1976 one of the first friends we made was a guy from San Antonio (we couldn’t pronounce Helotes) named Rick Rawls. He was such a good friend to – and supporter of – our band. He was such a nice, generous, unassuming and guileless person that he and I really hit it off,” Field said.
“The first time he sat in with us, the intensity and facility he brought to his guitar playing was stunning. Back then his main thing was blues, like Cobra-era Otis Rush and early Clapton, and the contrast between his musical style and his off-stage personality just seemed to demand that I give him a stage name – Casper. I had named Omar ‘Omar’ – and I was soon to name Webb Wilder ‘Webb Wilder.’”
Having worked through the years with Kent “Omar” Dykes, Webb Wilder, Mark Germino, John Mayall, Sonny Landreth, Buddy Guy, Los Straitjackets and a slew of other all-out music makers, Field knows more than a little something about guitar champs – and nicknames.
Conversely, having worked with Field through the years, when it finally came time for Casper Rawls to make “Brave World,” his debut album as a leader, it was a cinch for Rawls to tag Field to produce the disc.
Though “Brave World” is Rawls’ first outing with his name in big letters, he’s no stranger to a recording studio. Casper has recorded on more than 75 albums as a band member and as a sideman with projects including five LeRoi Brothers albums as well as discs by a diverse list of artists such as Toni Price, Miss Lavelle White, Doyle Bramhall, The Derailers, Teisco Del Rey and Juke Logan. He’s also taken several turns in the producer’s chair.