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Check out this review by Paul Zollo from his Bluerailroad site Paul is a well-known music writer and the author of “Songwriters On Songwriting,” he’s interviewed many of the greatest songwriters, including Dylan, Leonard Cohen, James Taylor , Patti Smith, Tom Petty… and now me....

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Live Show Reviews
Fans & Press


“Raspin is an amazing performer and can really reach the crowd, a talented singer/songwriter who manages to address the big issues of life in songs that are moving and accessible. He, and his songs, inspire his fans to cry, dance and laugh. At a recent filming of Vh1's Celebrity Rehab where he was a guest performer, even the celebrities cried as well and came up to him afterwards.“
- Cheral Stewat, San Francisco

“Just saw Raspin at Lestats in “abnormal heights“! He is awesome. His soul is that of amazing energy, his spirit reaches into a unseen peace, his music and his dance makes you smile! Listen to Raspin ,...he has a message.“
- Donna Merghart, San Diego

“Just saw Raspin at Lestats in “abnormal heights“! He is awesome. His soul is that of amazing energy, his spirit reaches into a unseen peace, his music and his dance makes you smile! Listen to Raspin ,...he has a message.“
-Donna Merghart, San Diego

“A tremendously soulful singer and songwriter who has been described in recent reviews as a force 'of nature' who is 'in the business of show stopping'“
- Paul Zollo songtalk/blueline

“Bluesy, Jazzy, soul based music, composed with heavy-hearted messages&ldquo
- Music Connection

“Raspin Stuwart Music Guru Makes Us Think“
- LIFEChanges Network BBS Radio

“Raspin was Amazing at Bisscuts & Blues, Soulful, Emotional, Great Performer - what a Voice.“
- Frank Sack, San Francisco

“DAAAAAAAAHLING! You were nothing short of FANTASTIC last night. You were jumping, the crowd was jumping and my big hat was jumping! SO impressive, touching and moving. Child, you got IT! You nearly killed me with Somewhere In Time, of course, and your new songs were superb. Thank you for singing Mama's Got The Blues for me - you know I LOVE my blues. MUCH continued success to you, my dear. I'm SO excited for you. Loving You“
- Mother Billie aka Mama :-)

“Heard u at the San Mateo County Fair on Wed. U were AWESOME!!!!! :)“
- Yvette Marisol


CD Reviews from Fans

"Sitting in a Starbucks in Atlanta and guess who should come over the airwaves ?, none other than the incomperable, peerless Mr. Raspin Stuwart, singing We do what we do. Good stuff man."
- Raymond Lane - via facebook

"This is an eclectic album... but it's a healthy eclecticism, bringing to mind great albums of the past that propelled listeners on substantive musical journeys. Raspin is a powerfully passionate singer who has mastered many vocal styles, from the soulful Louie Armstrong and Tom Waits gruffness of the opening track, 'Rumblin' and Tumblin',' through the resonant and clear folk tones of 'The Bitter End.' He's a strong melodist whose songs, whether upbeat or ballads, always possess an appealing tunefulness, especially in this rhythm predominant age, 'Somewhere In Time,' for example, is an absolutely gorgeous melody, as is the haunting 'Hold On.' If you are up for adventure, get aboard; this kind of journey is good for the soul." – by P. Zollo

"This is a great album!! I Rumbled and Tumbled onto the dance floor whilst Smokin' the Hookah until The Bitter End !! This album was fulll of Fun, Dance & Inspiration with a Blues twist. Raspins songwriting is awesome, and his songs should be used in a film it is so "Ketchy". This is a must have for the New Year 2010!" – by Pamperme

"Rarely is there an album when each and every song has the impact and musical merit of Raspin's CD "We Do What We Do". Each song has thoughtful, contemplateive lyrics combined with memorable melodies. Every song resonates with emotions that we all share but do not always know how to express. The raw emotions in every composition Raspin gives to his audience is born from an intelligent artist's gift. His music is timeless and can cross over to any music style. I look forward to hearing more from him. This CD is a must for everyones iPod and music library. This certainly fits the category of music to live by." – by Bag Lady

"Raspin's music dives into desires, angst and contentment. He is an artist not afraid to come close to the bone. After all, there is pleasure and striking pain and happiness in the same chord. Harmonious pleasures wait in his collection of songs from his current 'We Do What We Do cd. Each composition is a gem that emanates a ray of wisdom or heartfelt renumeration. The moment we here his sophisticated lyrics, we know the location and state of mind "hello, old friend... I recognize you." We think to ourselve since we've lived every word in our past, Raspin's melodies bring it all back into the surface. From his soulful "Rumblin' and Tumblin'" or his brisk "Busy Sidewalks" to his haunting "The Bitter End", they are powerful and cathartic." – by Tony 1 USA

"I love every single song on this album by singer/songwriter Raspin. I can listen to it over and over and love it every time. I was delighted to see Raspin sing one of my favorite songs "Smoke the Hookah and Dance" at Guitar Merchant. He rocked the place down with his outstanding performance and created a huge buzz. On the stage he literally lost himself in his music and was a ascended to a higher state of being when he performed. So glad to witness his passion and lust for his music." – by Auchick

"Fantastic album. Phenomenal songwriter. Outstanding vocals and unforgettable lyrics. Very catchy, spiritual and really entertaining to all ages. I would love to hear any one of these songs in films. Very, very catchy songs." – by Cha Cha Ching

"I love this CD, but I especially adore DREAM. Raspin's voice is so identifiable and rich. This guy has style. I love the songs, they have spiritial and social undertones, and they reach a broad audience. Even my 18 year old blasts the Hookah song! It's great music, thought provoking, and entertaining. I recently saw Raspin in a live show last week OH MY GOD what an intense performer. This guy has soul and sings from his heart. Even with just his acoustic guitar Raspin is amazing and totally commands the stage. I can't wait to hear his next CD." – by Pat Rilloraza

 


Kamakaze Music Blog
Review By Michelle Williams

This cd is alluring and engaging. It draws the listener into a world where magic and melody mix to make a truly unforgettable sound. It’s an eclectic combination of Blues, Jazz, Rock and Pop with a splash of country and a swampy vibe. The title song is a beautiful and tender expression of love, romance and deep passion. It’s fabulously theatrical and touches the heart. Another favorite is “Smoke The Hookah” which is about joyous celebration of life and sharing with friends. It’s an infectious song and will stay with you long after the music has stopped playing.

“The Bitter End” is a very dramatic and theatrical song featuring Raspin Stuwart singing in a lower register which is both startling and captivating. It’s full of emotion and spine tingling vocals. It’s very thought provoking and beautiful. Raspin has made an album which offers something for everybody. The songs are beautifully and masterfully written and performed. This cd is a must-have if you love great music. Five Stars!


CD Reviews from iTunes Customers
"This is an eclectic album... but it's a healthy eclecticism, bringing to mind great albums of the past that propelled listeners on substantive musical journeys. Raspin is a powerfully passionate singer who has mastered many vocal styles, from the soulful Louie Armstrong and Tom Waits gruffness of the opening track, 'Rumblin' and Tumblin',' through the resonant and clear folk tones of 'The Bitter End.' He's a strong melodist whose songs, whether upbeat or ballads, always possess an appealing tunefulness, especially in this rhythm predominant age, 'Somewhere In Time,' for example, is an absolutely gorgeous melody, as is the haunting 'Hold On.' If you are up for adventure, get aboard; this kind of journey is good for the soul." – by P. Zollo

"This is a great album!! I Rumbled and Tumbled onto the dance floor whilst Smokin' the Hookah until The Bitter End !! This album was fulll of Fun, Dance & Inspiration with a Blues twist. Raspins songwriting is awesome, and his songs should be used in a film it is so "Ketchy". This is a must have for the New Year 2010!" – by Pamperme

"Rarely is there an album when each and every song has the impact and musical merit of Raspin's CD "We Do What We Do". Each song has thoughtful, contemplateive lyrics combined with memorable melodies. Every song resonates with emotions that we all share but do not always know how to express. The raw emotions in every composition Raspin gives to his audience is born from an intelligent artist's gift. His music is timeless and can cross over to any music style. I look forward to hearing more from him. This CD is a must for everyones iPod and music library. This certainly fits the category of music to live by." – by Bag Lady

"Raspin's music dives into desires, angst and contentment. He is an artist not afraid to come close to the bone. After all, there is pleasure and striking pain and happiness in the same chord. Harmonious pleasures wait in his collection of songs from his current 'We Do What We Do cd. Each composition is a gem that emanates a ray of wisdom or heartfelt renumeration. The moment we here his sophisticated lyrics, we know the location and state of mind "hello, old friend... I recognize you." We think to ourselve since we've lived every word in our past, Raspin's melodies bring it all back into the surface. From his soulful "Rumblin' and Tumblin'" or his brisk "Busy Sidewalks" to his haunting "The Bitter End", they are powerful and cathartic." – by Tony 1 USA

"I love every single song on this album by singer/songwriter Raspin. I can listen to it over and over and love it every time. I was delighted to see Raspin sing one of my favorite songs "Smoke the Hookah and Dance" at Guitar Merchant. He rocked the place down with his outstanding performance and created a huge buzz. On the stage he literally lost himself in his music and was a ascended to a higher state of being when he performed. So glad to witness his passion and lust for his music." – by Auchick

"Fantastic album. Phenomenal songwriter. Outstanding vocals and unforgettable lyrics. Very catchy, spiritual and really entertaining to all ages. I would love to hear any one of these songs in films. Very, very catchy songs." – by Cha Cha Ching

"I love this CD, but I especially adore DREAM. Raspin's voice is so identifiable and rich. This guy has style. I love the songs, they have spiritial and social undertones, and they reach a broad audience. Even my 18 year old blasts the Hookah song! It's great music, thought provoking, and entertaining. I recently saw Raspin in a live show last week OH MY GOD what an intense performer. This guy has soul and sings from his heart. Even with just his acoustic guitar Raspin is amazing and totally commands the stage. I can't wait to hear his next CD." – by Pat Rilloraza

 


 

Music Connection
“His songs place a premium on an intelligent lyricism, demonstrating a clear and almost writerly (as in print) sensitivity – a all original catalog that bears an eye opening, earopening blend of influences.”

 


 

Sing Out: The Folk Song Magazine
"Raspin is a powerfully passionate singer who has mastered many vocal styles. His songwriting is richly multicolored, carrying the listener through this kaleidoscopic listening experience, but is unified by passionate vocals throughout and consistently high level of the musicianship."
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Edge Review: What’s Up Music
"A hypnotic blend of Jazz, R&B, and folk-tinged rock, think Manhattan Transfer meets Al Jarreau. The ten song offering expertly exemplifies RASPIN’s sophisticated songcraft with such tunes as “Dream” a reflective James Taylor-like number, about embracing the simplicities of life; the poetically written ode to personal destiny. “Somewhere in Time”; a fun Jazz-Pop tribute to the City of Angels called “Busy Sidewalks”; and “We Do What We Do”, a tale of unconditional love."

 


Thai House, West Los Angeles
"Raspin is a Southern California rarity: a non-poser, a sincere musician seeking more than just fame and fortune. In addition, he has enough talent in all three critical areas for his sort of act: writing, singing and playing."

 


 

The Album Network
"We Do What We Do" features an interesting and exciting blend of styles and moods... Raspin is a man for all seasons; he’s not only an accomplished songwriter and performer, but he has worked with such luminaries as David Frost, Richie Havens and more."

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