Tools: Anthem SL Classical
Guitarist and composer Lawson Rollins has received worldwide attention through his critically-acclaimed solo albums, widespread radio airplay, eclectic collaborations with other artists from around the globe, and sensational performance videos - The Fire Cadenza, Santa Ana Wind, andLocomotion - which have been seen by millions of broadcast television and internet viewers to date, including over 7.5 million alone on Youtube. Lawson's genre-defying sound on the guitar has earned him rave reviews in the media: Guitar Player Magazine states, "He possesses ungodly classical chops, with dazzling speed, uncanny accuracy, and a beautifully delicate touch."
"The LR Baggs Anthem SL Classical system is amazingly powerful and accurately reproduces the warm tones of the guitar, yet it is remarkably feedback resistant, qualities that set it apart from other pickup systems I have tried."
On his albums of original music he has collaborated with a host of Grammy Award winners and nominees, including violinist Charlie Bisharat, iconic Brazilian singer Flora Purim, legendary percussionist Airto Moreira, Cuban drummer Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez, and Persian kamencheh masterKayhan Kalhor, to name a few. His albums have spawned severalBillboard Top 30 contemporary jazz radio hits, including "Infinita" from the album INFINITA, "Daybreak" from the album ELEVATION and the Billboard #1 chart-topper, "Moonlight Samba," from ESPIRITO. Most recently, Lawson was asked to serve as 'Celebrity Guest DJ' on the popular Sirius-XM satellite radio channel 'Watercolors', broadcast to 23 million subscribers.
After releasing 4 highly praised studio albums with his popular guitar duoYoung & Rollins between the years 2000 and 2006, Lawson's 2008 debut solo album INFINITA lived up to its name with a far-reaching series of groundbreaking soundscapes. All About Jazz Magazine called the album "a rewarding gem...easily one of the year's best." The guitarist was praised for his compositional skill and soulful virtuosity. Guitar Player Magazine wrote, "Rollins seduces in so many ways that it's almost unfair. His classical tone is gorgeous, his technique is impeccable, his subtle genre blending is compelling." ESPIRITO, Rollins' second solo effort, expanded the vision of INFINITA with thirteen compositions that delved deeply into the roots of World Music. Upon its release, The All Music Guide described ESPIRITOas an "extraordinary musical trip...splendidly exotic, infectiously melodic." The 2011 album ELEVATION marked an expressive high point for Lawson as both a composer and performer and broke new ground with an eclectic cast of musicians recorded on-location in Nepal, Iran, and U.S., including avante-garde guitar legend Buckethead, Nepal-based flute master Ruben Kumar Shrestha, Iranian santur virtuoso Pejman Eckhtiari, and many more. Robert Silverstein of Music Web described the album as "one of the great instrumental guitar albums of 2011, a masterpiece of high guitar art," whileVintage Guitar Magazine wrote, "Even 'world music' seems an inadequate blanket to wrap around what Rollins has created here. But whatever it is, he is a master of it." Lawson's 2013 release FULL CIRCLE (to be released on July 16th) offers 12 tightly focused tracks that feature his distinctive guitar work front-and-center, accented by a back drop of world beat rhythms and intimate ensemble instrumentation. Lawson states, "FULL CIRCLE is somewhat of a return to my roots in a sense, with the focus shifting to a sound that is more centered and grounded in the instrument I know best - the nylon string Spanish guitar."