Albums & Singles
DARK MATTER: MUSIC FOR FILM marks a bold departure for Lawson Rollins as he sets aside his main instrument - the nylon string Spanish guitar - and crafts a mysterious soundscape of lush steel string acoustic and electric guitars, synthesizers, violins, and flute that transcends conventional song structure in favor of free-form musical impressionism ripe with emotional intensity.
Idan Raichel & Lawson Rollins
“And If You Will Come to Me” brings together the soaring vocal artistry of Idan Raichel - one of the biggest stars in the history of Israeli popular music and a major figure on the world stage - with the free flowing, improvisational guitar stylings of Billboard chart- topping American world fusion guitarist and composer Lawson Rollins.
The song is presented in two forms in this single release: a thrillingly fast-paced version that takes its influence from modern electronic music, and a traditional acoustic ensemble arrangement. Preview now.
Available on Cumbancha Records
Airwaves: The Greatest Hits. An 18 track collection of Lawson's Billboard Top 30 radio favorites from over the past decade, plus 2 new tracks featuring Grammy winner Mads Tolling and Billboard #1 charting band 3rd Force. Music samples and more are here. Read the press release here with details about the album and view the album artwork and track list
"World of Wonder (featuring 3rd Force)" - one of the new bonus tracks - launched on radio as a #1 Most Added Song and is now a Billboard top 10 radio chart smash hit. Also Top5 on the major America's Music Chart.
12 new original songs that capture the urgency of the moment, the exhilaration of the speed of sound, and the poignancy of the remains of the day.
Featuring the Billboard Top 30 radio hit "Island Time"
Guitar Player Magazine writes: "The classically trained maestro, renowned for seamlessly blending various Latin styles...incorporates new plucking techniques to play aptly timed flourishes at supersonic speeds that will make your head spin." Full Interview here.
INFINITE CHILL (The Remix Sessions)
10 classic world music tracks taken from Lawson Rollins' acclaimed solo albums, remixed and reimagined with a hip, modern aesthetic, incorporating elements of electronica, chill, and downtempo into the world music fusion of the original songs.
Featuring remixing from Billboard chart ranked Persian-American musician/producer Shahin Shahida, and an all-star cast of musicians including legendary Brazilian chanteuse
Mastered at the world-renowned Sterling Sound studio
Featuring the #1 RADIO HIT "Cafe Paris (chill remix)"
Featuring 2 time Grammy winner Mads Tolling, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy members Scotty Morris, Joshua Levy and Karl Hunter, Grammy winner Charlie Bisharat, and platinum-selling producer Dominic Camardella.
Bridging countries, cultures, and continents, the music features Lawson's distinctive guitar-work backed by an eclectic, all-star ensemble. The expansive arc of the album reaches from the traditions of the Old World to the pulse of the modern metropolis with a boldly diverse, genre-defying mix of melody, rhythm, and improvisation.
Featuring the America's Music Chart top 50 radio hit
Winner of 3 Gold Medals in the Global Music Awards and 1st Place in the USA Songwriting Competition.
After the global musical travels of his recent albums that explored the outer reaches of world music fusion, Lawson Rollins comes FULL CIRCLE on his latest release with 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.
The album features multi-platinum producer Dominic Camardella (Ottmar Liebert, Flora Purim, 3rd Force), Grammy-winning violinist Charlie Bisharat, bassist Randy Tico (Strunz & Farah, Benise, Jeff Bridges, Jake Shimabukuro), percussionist Dave Bryant (Ottmar Liebert, Baba Olatunji) and saxophonist/flutist Richard Hardy (Dave Matthews Band).
Featuring the Billboard contemporary jazz radio top 25 hit "Flight."
ELEVATION marks an expressive high point for composer and guitarist Lawson Rollins. The 13 original compositions feature lush instrumentation recorded on location in Iran, Nepal, and the U.S., and a roster of stellar musicians from around the world. Guest artists include guitar legend Buckethead, Persian-American producer/musician Shahin Shahida, Nepali flute master Ruben Kumar Shrestha, Iranian santur virtuoso Pejman Eckhtiari, and many more.
Featuring the Billboard contemporary jazz radio top 25 hit "Daybreak."
Lawson Rollins' spanish-tinged guitar is supported by an all-star ensemble of 18 musicians, including Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, Shahin Shahida,Charlie Bisharat, and many more.
Featuring the Billboard contemporary jazz radio top 30 hit "Infinita."
Recorded, mixed, and edited at Santa Barbara Sound Design
Singles released as online performance videos:
YOUNG & ROLLINS
Lawson's guitar duo group featuring Dan Young (guitar), Alfredo Mojica (percussion) and Leonardo Lucini (bass)
Lawson recorded and toured with Y&R from 1999-2006