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Customer Reviews

Independent Gem

In my experience, superior technical fingerstyle skills usually mean the performance will lack passion. Not the case here as Howell renders soulful arrangements of blues and traditional tunes with plenty of moxie. "St. James Infirmary Blues" "Bob McKinney" and "Moon Goin' Down" are NOT to be missed, and in light of the recent tragedy in New Orleans, Track 14 is especially moving. Too bad Spike Lee didn't search iTunes before scoring his HBO documentary, as "Do You Know What It Means..." and "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams" would have been perfect. If you too compete to see who can find the best blues your friends have never heard, download this cd now and win.

Unanimous Reviews

“Wow. Talk about your complete breath of fresh air! This is an awesome, awe inspiring collection of classic old tunes remodeled and reinterpreted by Steve Howell and company. Fantastic renditions of some time honored classic tunes. Howell shows a delicate balance of respect and admiration for his source material while still taking it to a new place for us. A wonderful album of great work.” - Southwest Blues (April 2006) “Howell and his sidemen display an obvious comfort with the material and guitar fans will enjoy the warm tones he coaxes from his Benedetto archtop. Howell's vocals easily glide over the music, but with enough character to make these interpretations his own. Engineered and mixed at Shreveport's Sandbox Recording Studio, the cd's crisp production lets all instruments shine, sure to please even the most discriminating high-end audio enthusiasts. This easy-going and enjoyable release will certainly gain Howell wider recognition. Simply put, this is how the pros do it.” – Living Blues Magazine “The natural ease of Steve’s Chet Atkins-styled picking and the jazz trio format seamlessly blends these artifacts of Americana together. The intros to “Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams” and the absolutely gorgeous cover of Satchmo’s “When it’s Sleepy Time Down South” convey so much emotion on their own that the verses are almost anticlimactic. When he switches into a higher register...., as on Blind Teddy Darby’s “I Never Cried (Built Right On The Ground),” Steve finds a gentle yearning that suits him well, sort of a cross between Clapton and Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson. There’s true gold just beyond the pastoral horizon of “Out Of The Past...” - OffBeat Magazine "Steve Howell simply shines on his new release. Country, Blues and Jazz sounds that feature the guitar and vocal workings of a master musician. "Out of the Past" features a variety of music styles that are clean and uncluttered and are more than enjoyable to listen to. Steve presents his songs with an uncommon feel for the past music of days gone by. This album is excellent and should make waves throughout the music industry." - Roots Music Report "Steve plays these songs his way. He has been playing them for years, but he does it without changing them. That's where his heart is. Of all my fingerpicking friends, Steve is the fingerpickingest." - Joe Osborn (legendary bassist who has played on hundreds of Top 40 pop, rock and country hits) “Howell’s arch-top picking, marked by a lovely melodic sensibility, is immaculate, his vocals relaxed and honest. Songs like Charley Patton’s Moon Going Down” and Blind Teddy Darby’s “I Never Cried” surprisingly work as well in the small band arrangements created by Howell and Joe Osborn on bass.” - Blues Revue, February March 2006 “The [Texas] guitarist/ vocalist’s preference for roots music and vintage Tin Pan Alley in an intimate trio setting affords a rare, close-up opportunity to hear Joe Osborn work his masterful way with a song.” – Bass Player magazine ‘BP RECOMMENDS’ section, January 2006

Happy surprise

I'm new to Howell's music, and found this album to be a huge and happy surprise. I'm looking forward to listening to his new album.

Out of the Past, Steve Howell
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Jazz
  • Released: Aug 23, 2006

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