Memphis Still Got Soul was nominated for Soul Album of the Year, the title song nominated for Blues Song of the Year and Johnny Rawls nominated for Male Soul Artist of the Year at the 2012 Blues Music Awards. It was selected the 2012 Critics' Choice Southern Soul Album of the Year by Living Blues Magazine, Rawls' third album in a row to win that award. Johnny Rawls' previous album, Ace of Spades, won Soul Album of the Year at the 2010 Blues Music Awards. His Red Cadillac Album reached #1 on the blues charts and was nominated for Soul Album of the Year. Johnny Rawls is the reigning master of Soul Music. No one does it better. With his top studio musicians backing him and great songwriting, Johnny delivers an album that tops all that he has done before. This album sounds like the Stax and Motown hits of years ago but with fresh approach.
"On My Guitar...Johnny Rawls stretches the truth. 'Never won a Grammy, never won a Handy' he laments. Well, in 2010 Rawls' Ace of Spades was named Soul Album of the Year at the Blues Music Awards--formerly the W.C. Handy Awards. You can forgive the singer-guitarist when the music is this good. Memphis Still Got Soul picks up where Ace of Spades left off....The Mississippi native offers another impeccable, old-school mix of smoothness and grit. The title songs salutes Memphis and its monumental musical legacy...'The music never dies,' Rawls notes. He's doing his part to make sure of that."
Philadelphia Enquirer-April 2011
"Rawls and co-producer Bob Trenchard got it right at Sonic Ranch Studios in Texas, but more important, they had a lot to work with. Rawls is cornering the market on soul-blues and he's put it all together on Memphis Still Got Soul with his vocals, songwriting and instrumentation."
Chicago Sun-Times-April 2011
"Modern blues is having a golden era and a player with a hand firmly on that ring is Johnny Rawls. His latest, Memphis Still Got Soul, is a bonafide smash sure to climb the charts in no time. Brought to us by the hitmakers at Catfood Records, his album is packed with smooth sipping melodies and hard charging beats to rival the all time greats."
Cashbox Magazine-April 2011
"Rawls is a blues award winner so it's no surprise that this is a tasty, soulful session. Sounding like a Malaco record with a Stax budget, Rawls knows his southern soul thing. Simply a gasser from the heart throughout, this proves that not everything needs to be updated and recorded by Justin Timberlake. A winning set that'll bring a smile to any blues brother worth his shades."
Midwest Record-April 2011
"Rawls mixes the singing and instrumentation of 60's soul and blues with lyrics and production that are firmly set in the 21st Century. For some artists, this might make their music sound dated one way or the other, but Rawls has always done this with ease and does so here as well. Memphis Still Got Soul will fill the bill for soul/blues fans, with the right mix of soul, grit, solid songwriting and great perfomrances. Johnny Rawls may be getting the call again at the 2012 BMAs."
Phoenix Blues Society-April 2011
"Johnny's got the perfect voice for Memphis soul, and the album comes complete with a horn section, Hammond B-3 organ, and sultry female backup singers--the perfect soul music combination. Rawls has developed a reputation as a soul-blues master and this CD certainly makes good on that reputation! Since the demise of Stax Records, while the echoes of the sound can be heard in everthing from rock to pop, the Stax-style Memphis sould sound hasn't graced nearly as many records as it's due. Memphis Still Got Soul is musically tight, and with Johnny Rawls' born-to-sing-soul slightly gravelly voice, can hardly contain all the Memphis soul."
American Blues Scene-April 2011
"Rawls has a new release on Catfood, Memphis Still Got Soul, that should continue to embelish his reputation as a strong soul and blues performer. These are strong soulful songs that are terrifically played."
Jazz and Blues Report-April 2011
"Johnny Rawls inhabits that musical territory that you could refer to as old school soul and R&B. His latest disc was recorded in both Texas and Montana and features a heavy load of backing musicians. Overall it offers a high standard of music throughout and it is hard to pick out highlights as all the numbers are classy. The title track is a shout out to the merits of Memphis as a music capital within the USA and you could imagine the Memphis Tourist Board picking up the number to promote the area and its music. The brass are sharp as a pin in their short stabbing lines and their Stax like lines create huge nostalgia."
Blues & Rhythm (UK)- April 2011
"Memphis Still Got Soul is not only the title of Blues Music Award-winner Johnny Rawls, it's a mantra and mission statement for the 11 songs on the record. He's fashioned a winning formula for this record, one from which he rarely deviates. The sound is built on a foundation of smooth vocals, great, tight horn arrangements that play to the smoother side of Stax tradition, and sprinkles the blues guitar stretched over tuneful pop hooks. The title track lovingly honors one of America's great music cities. This is more than just a title track. It lays the groundwork for the rest of the record. It tells us who Johnny Rawls is and where his sound comes from."
Blinded By Sound- April 2011
“Blues Music Award winner Johnny Rawls new CD leaps out at you from the speakers right from the start. The title track certainly sets the pace with its searing brass arrangements, with beautiful vocals from Johnny. His rendition of O. V. Wright's Blind, Crippled and Crazy is right on the money. There are 10 original songs....every one is a winner. I would be surprised if this album does not pick up some awards in the near future.”
Blues Matters! (UK) - April 2011