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RAW Boswin announced as finalist in 2006 Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Competition

Posted by RAW Boswin on 14th September 2010 in News

The “Best Song of Alberta Finalists” were announced and RAW Boswin had his name on the list for his new song “I Spy (Fields of Gold)”.

When asked about being invited to perform in the Best Alberta Song Category, RAW thought for a second and replied, “In the very mortal words of that old guy from Monty Python’s Holy Grail… ‘I’m not dead!’ I would like to congratulate all of the other finalists and look forward to “breaking a collective leg with y’all on Saturday. Let’s do Alberta proud!”

Along with his fellow finalists, RAW Boswin and the Gonnabees will perform in front of a panel of judges at the Ship and Anchor Pub Saturday April 29 from 2pm – 6pm, with host Lorrie Matheson:

Hope to see you there.
Read more at the Calgary Folk Festival Site Now

Congratulations to the other Finalists!
Cori Brewster, Willian Twin
Cort Bulloch, Clamshell Main Stage
Sam Hall, Prairie Wind
Krista Hartman, Dusty Road
Ted Jablonski, Me and Theo
Matt Masters, Centennial Swell
Clea Roddick, Blue Hills
Victor Salas, Small Town Crying
Corry Schmelter, Not in My Backyard
Clinton St. John, House of Chests
Trevor Tchir, Wildmere
Emily Triggs, Truck Driving Song
John Wort Hannam, Digger’s Lament
The Rocky Fortune, Oil Oil Oil

RAW Boswin Leaves the Plastics Business

Posted by RAW Boswin on 14th September 2010 in News

I had some rather abrupt news in early October, 2002. After a stellar 15 year career at NOVA Chemicals, I found myself at a crossroads.

I had just installed the Digital Recording studio on a Thursday night, and spent the weekend in bliss, getting to know the new toy. I went to work the next Monday. I was an Additive Specialist in the Polyethylene Business. I had scheduled a career dialogue with my Leader that fateful day. What I did not know, was that it was going to be a career dialogue about MUSIC…

That’s right folks, I took the PACKAGE… The Golden Handshake….The Parachute… Wooooohoooooooooooo! Finally, I’m the best paid songwriter in Calgary for the next little while. We’ll see if I can keep rollin’ with it. I know it’s not about the money, but after 15 years of a steady pay check, you get used to food and stuff.

Let’s see now, what’s the plan… I know, I could do music full-time! I can use the new studio to make a few more CD’s and concentrate on marketing them. Good things come to those who wait. What looked like a kick in the ass turned out to be a friendly shove in the right direction.

I see it as Karma. I believe I have earned this break. I am in my prime, mentally, physically and perhaps even spiritually since this all came down. I have learned some huge and valuable lessons and will be writing about these last few months for many years to come.

RAW Boswin Buys Hard Disc Recording System to Record the Second CD

Posted by RAW Boswin on 14th September 2010 in News

It all started one miserable day when I went to my mailbox. It was shortly after I had finished the recording and release of “The Hard Way”. The bills were thick and furious, but one envelope carried far more significance than all of the others put together.

The Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) had sent me a little note. It seemed that they wanted to get to know Rob Oswin(Polyethylene Boy), Raw Boswin and Inc a whole lot better. This was a blow. On top of that, my family was going through a tough time with the illness of my Grandfather.

Over the course of the next 2 years, the CCRA administered a thorough butt-reaming on me and my affairs. I was so damned tired of the whole thing, and distracted with my family situation, that I decided to withdraw from the life I had worked so hard at… Music.

Two years later and a whole lot of blood, sweat, tears, dollars and sleepless nights, the audit finally subsided. Mr. Don Taniguchi of Luna Clarke and Associates was my Accountant in shining armour. He unleashed his knowledge on the bastards at the CCRA and eventually had the audit settled to my advantage. As a matter of fact, when the government was done with me, they had paid down some of my debt and bought me a Protools Recording Studio capable of recording my next disc on. I guess what they were saying was, “Keep up the good work!”

Thank-you Mr. Right Honorable Jean Chretien!!!!!! Isn’t Democracy wonderful?

Rob Oswin Hard Way CD Sales Reach 1000

Posted by RAW Boswin on 14th September 2010 in News

That didn’t take long… well for Bon Jovi it might not look a lot like success, but for me, this suits me just fine.

I am in this to make music. If I can sell it too, well that would be just great. The key is radio play. Even though I have moved quite a few CD’s, I guess my fans don’t listen to CKUA, or their phones don’t dial out?

1000 CD’s to an Independent like me is no easy task. When asked how I managed the sales, I answer, “I have been doing a lot of travelling with NOVA over the last years and have been promoting both “The Hard Way” and In this manner I have been able to promote my disc in almost every part of North America. I guess ny Plastics buddies like to throw the disc in while they entertain and say, “I know this guy!”. I am no rocket scientist, but I think that has really helped boost sales. Now I need airplay.

When asked about a video for “The Hard Way” CD, I respond, I think I will shoot one as soon as I loose about 15 pounds. I will be shooting a video very soon, I promise.

You can order “Rob Oswin – The Hard Way” online at
You can buy “The Hard Way” tracks separately through iTunes.
You can also preview and buy downloads of RAW’s latest songs at now!
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New CD “The Hard Way” from Rob Oswin Now Available!

Posted by RAW Boswin on 14th September 2010 in News

It’s here! 12 original tracks recorded with tender loving care by some of the coolest musicians in Canada. The CD features the musical stylings of Steve Pineo, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Pat McGannon, Walter Marx, Danny Patton, Ross Watson, Ron Casat and of course, Rob Oswin (a.k.a. RAW Boswin). The music can be categorized as adult contemporary, and draws from influences ranging from Supertramp and Pink Floyd to the folk roots of Stan Rogers. This “easy-to-like” collection of roots rock is now available for download, or you can order the entire CD (including a 16 page booklet with lyrics and stories) from RAW’s Set Lists.

“I have made quite a few recordings in my days, but I have never been so completely satisfied with the end result before”, remarks Rob, “The time spent, the songs chosen and the players employed all seemed to make the project stronger and stronger at every turn.”

These words he speaks are true, the disc is no doubt, one of the best independent offerings to come along in years. Engineer and producer Danny Patton has worked with many great acts in the past including Jan Arden, Karl Roth, Mae Moore and Steve Pineo. He has now spent some “quality time” in sessions with Rob Oswin and the CD speaks for itself.

Rob is busy promoting the new CD to the local media and will keep the site updated as reviews and critics compile. “I am curious to hear what they have to say” Rob pauses and laughs, “You never know, they might even like it!”

The plan is to try to penetrate overseas markets with the disc. In particular, the Asian market. Rob has always wanted to travel through the Orient and sees this CD as a “free ride”. He claims it is easier to be a hero in a foreign land than it is to be at home. Isn’t that ironic? Don’t you think?

We will keep you posted as the reviews come in.