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Third CD Released – Pennies from Heaven

Posted by RAW Boswin on 27th August 2013 in News

Pennies From Heaven is an outstanding collection of original tracks from veteran singer/songwriter RAW Boswin. Soaring melodies and choruses in every song is surrounded perfectly by serious instrumentation. Professionally recorded and mastered with attention to every sonic detail, Pennies From Heaven is an instant classic! Check out some tracks here

Raw Boswin and the Gonnabees: Pennies from Heaven

Fourth CD Release – The Sky at Night

Posted by RAW Boswin on 27th August 2013 in News

RAW Boswin and the Gonnabees fourth release features some of RAW’s best in years. A little bit rock and a little bit country, this easy-listening instant classic is filled to the brim with robust songs of love and relationships. Also RAW pays tribute to one of his favorite writers with a cover of Don Henley’s New York Minute. Mix a little Billy Joel with some Pink Floyd and Dylan and you will get close to this cd. Check out some tracks here

Raw Boswin and the Gonnabees: The Sky At Night

NEW “Red Sky” CD released!!

Posted by RAW Boswin on 22nd January 2011 in News

With some gentle prodding and a friendly shove, RAW Boswin and the Gonnabees have finally released their second CD. This is the first commercial release by Rob since 2000.

I was hesitant to release another disc with the uncertain future of the New Music Business, but I have finally given in. This CD is the first of a series of CD’s that I am planning to release ASAP. I have been busy recording music for 11 years since “The Hard Way” was released and it is time to get rid of my backlog of material.

The new disc, “Red Sky” has some really great musicians playing on it including Sandy Switzer, Mike B King, Ronnie Dyck, Ron Casat, Danny Patton, Darryl Britton, and Ross Watson.

The songs are emotional and true to the RAW Boswin sound created on the 2000 release, The Hard Way.

Red Sky

Stay tuned for details on how you can purchase your copy online, or come check out a local Open Mike to get one from me in person!

Peace and Love!

Rob Oswin Changes Name Back to RAW Boswin

Posted by RAW Boswin on 1st October 2010 in News

RAW Boswin, Yep! That’s Right! Ever since I can remember, I have thought of my music as a team effort. Although I am the feedstock and catalyst sytem, I still need a lot of help to make my music. That is why I have always wanted to front my music as RAW Boswin. I feel the music is more an result of an entity, rather than an individual.

I had a buddy, still do (Terry Cooke), who always came to my rescue if someone was trying to put me down. I was always a little bit of an entertainer, and was the brunt of a few practical jokes, One day somebody wrote some graffiti in Center Wing at Ross Shepard Composite High School to the effect of:

R _ _ OSWIN
is a
_ _ CKFACE

To which Terry took notice of and reached for his red felt pen. Without missing a step he reached towards the wall and finished the graffiti…

R A H OSWIN
is a
K I CKFACE

We all roared with laughter and from that day forward, I became known as Kickface. I did not begin using the “RAH” until I became more serious about my music, and once I did I figured “RAW” was better descriptor than “RAH”. I was RAW Boswin from 1988 until 2000 when I released “The Hard Way”. I had actually prepared all of the CD artwork using my pseudonym when I was talked out of it at the very last minute, You should always trust your first instinct when it come to things that really don’t matter that much…

Oh well, I guess that will make the first run of “Rob Oswin – The Hard Way” a collector’s item….

New “Never-to-be-Released” RAW Boswin and the Gonnabees CD Still Under Construction

Posted by RAW Boswin on 14th September 2010 in News

On the sudden realization that it was about time, Rob Oswin has returned to the studio.

Rob Oswin is quite possibly the next “Big Thing” to come out of Calgary. Blending good old fashioned Alberta-Boy rock roots with new found Canadiana folk influences, Rob has crafted some great songs for the CD. Like everything in Rob’s life, the story of these songs and recordings is a long one.

Back in February 97, Rob Oswin won a Christmas song writing contest with a song called “Verry Merry Christmas”. He received 10 hours of studio time at EK Sound with Dave Harrison engineering. Fellow Calgary musicians Ian MacDonald, Walter Marx and Ron Casat joined Rob in the session. These tapes were subsequently forgotten about until now. The session tapes were rediscovered and used to produce six of the beds on the new CD.

Presently under construction at Airwaves Recording Studios with Danny Patton at the helm, the CD promises to be Rob’s best work to date. Danny has worked with some of Calgary’s best musicians including Jan Arden.

“I have thought long and hard over which songs I wanted to put on the CD. In the end, I guess you get what you get. I don’t have the luxury of endless studio time… However I do know I have made my best recordings yet, and I still have enough strong material for a pretty decent follow-up CD.”

This eclectic mix of acoustic folk rock, spattered with jazz, country, blues and melodramatics, is seamlessly tied together with thoughtful lyrics and Rob’s unique vocal style. Some have compared his writing to Lyle Lovett and Elvis Costello, but if you listen close you will hear a cast of thousands.

“I used to write songs that I hoped other people would like. Now I am writing songs that I like. I figure if I like them, so will someone else. I have to feel them for myself, nobody else has to sing them, after all..”

Rob is influenced by a lot of great musicians and writers, but when asked if he tries to emulate anyone in particular he shrugs.

“I was the biggest Alice Cooper, KISS, and Rush fan in the world, but I don’t hear a lot of them in my music. I hear more of the songs I used to hear when I was in the back seat and my parents were in the front. Burt Bacarach and Billy Joel are more my kind of heroes nowadays.”

Lately, Rob has been writing and performing a “folkier” style of music. He blames it on the influence of the local Maritimers in the local Calgary scene. As a result, Rob fancies himself the “Original Prarietimer”. He claims he has gone so far as to change his hometown to Edmontongonish, a small fishing village about 3000 miles west of Antigonish???

Expect to hear guest appearances from various local and not so local music scene heroes. This recording is quickly turning into a gem that everyone will need to have in their CD collections. Long Live Independent Music!!!