Vistas and the faces and emotions they summon unfurl with compelling grace on Visions, Howe’s anticipated debut album. A modern love letter to 60s and 70s folk and timeless blues, Visions pays homage without succumbing to imitation, and offers an intimate snapshot of a young artist discovering her own power.
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A rising voice in modern folk, Alice Howe offers a love letter to 60s and 70s folk and timeless blues. Hailing from Boston and now based in Los Angeles, Alice released her critically acclaimed full-length debut, Visions, in 2019. Produced by former long-time Bonnie Raitt bassist Freebo with a stellar cast of musicians, Visions features new originals alongside Alice’s interpretations of iconic songs from her family’s vast record collection. She is currently at work on her sophomore record, to be recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, with an expected release in early 2022.
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Kind words about Alice
“There's an uncomplicated beauty to Alice Howe's music, and on Visions' ten songs, the beauty rarely falters.”
“It’s no surprise to anyone who knows her that Alice Howe is in the midst of a fast-rising career in music.”
– Wicked Local
“Dreamy” – Billboard
“Visions opened Howe to different styles and methods of songwriting. It also forced her to be braver with her pretty voice, pushing it into ugly (and wonderful) places: tough blues, dirty soul and straight-up rock ’n’ roll. The change has been inspiring.”
– Boston Herald
“[Visions] is an intimate glimpse at a young musician discovering her potential.”
– WGBH Boston
“Alice Howe’s debut album, Visions, is at once a finely-crafted opening statement and beautifully rustic Americana treasure.”
– Rock Cellar Magazine
"Sometimes we’re lucky enough to catch an up-and-coming artist as they fly into our radar. This is one of those times."
– American Blues Scene
"Howe not only has a luminous alto voice full of warmth and delectable nuance, but she also writes smart and affecting lyrics flavored with wit and irreverence."
– The Patriot Ledger
"A gem...at once of the moment and personal, timeless and universal."
– Americana UK
“Up there with the very best of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gretchen Peters and Dar Williams”
“These are well-crafted songs” – Country Music People (UK)
"...refined and effortless." – Rock n' Reel Magazine (UK)
"...one of the finest voices among female singer-songwriters coupled with a warm and engaging stage presence."
– Rich Warren, host, WFMT Chicago's Midnight Special and Folkstage
“...I could listen to her sing for hours. Her voice is beautiful as a bell, classic in that Joan Baez way, transporting, wistful…her vocal mastery and musicality are beyond her young years and her songs stay in my head for days.”
– Antje Duvekot
"How can a singer-songwriter have a voice like a broken angel's bell and write songs that could be a week or a hundred years old all at once? Alice Howe, that's how."
– Vance Gilbert
Alice Howe Debuts With ‘Visions’ American Blues Scene / JD Nash
Premiere: Alice Howe digs into vulnerability with new video, ‘What We Got is Gold’ B-Sides and Badlands / Jason Scott
LISTEN: Alice Howe, 'You Just Never Know' The Bluegrass Situation
Boston's Alice Howe finally finds her groove The Patriot Ledger / Jay Miller
World Premiere Track From Alice Howe: Twilight JD Nash / American Blues Scene
Song Premiere: Alice Howe, "You Just Never Know Bluegrass Situation
Roundup of cool, recent Americana discs Bruce Sylvester / Backroads Blog, Goldmine Magazine
Alice Howe "You've Been Away So Long Album Review Americana UK / Mark Walton
Rock n' Reel Magazine Review of "You've Been Away So Long Rock n' Reel Magazine / Gareth Hayes
You've Been Away So Long" by Alice Howe - touching the spirit of the moment Folkwords.com / Tom Franks
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THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION PREMIERES
“YOU JUST NEVER KNOW”
“Whether a fan of blues, roots, Americana, soul or folk music, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t get a copy of Visions the very moment it’s released.”
– AMERICAN BLUES SCENE
“Howe not only has a luminous alto voice full of warmth and delectable nuance, but she also writes smart and affecting lyrics flavored with wit and irreverence.”
– PATRIOT LEDGER
Alice Howe, the rising voice of modern folk in the United States, is set to release her debut LP, Visions on May 17th. Produced by iconic fretless bassist, Freebo (Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Loudon Wainwright III, Maria Muldaur, Dr. John), the duo will perform on May 18th at McCabe’s in Santa Monica, CA in celebration of the album’s release. Ahead of Visions’ official debut, the song “You Just Never Know,” premiered on The Bluegrass Situation. Visions took Howe from her native Boston to Bakersfield, CA where it was recorded with a who’s who of west coast musicians.
A modern love letter to 60s and 70s folk and timeless blues, Visions pays homage without succumbing to imitation, and offers an intimate snapshot of a young artist discovering her own power. The album features a collection of new originals including "Twilight," "Getaway Car" and Alice’s interpretations of iconic songs in her family’s vast record collection such as Muddy Waters’ "Honey Bee,” "Too Long at the Fair," first covered by Bonnie Raitt and selections from Bob Dylan and Taj Mahal.
The writing and recording of Visions encouraged Alice to work outside her framework of acoustic arrangements and with Freebo's guidance, the duo has incorporated electric instruments, inventive percussion techniques, a Hammond B-3 and a horn section to lend a big band groove to some of the new songs. Alice and Freebo were joined in the studio by electric guitarist Fuzzbee Morse, keyboardist John ‘JT’ Thomas and John Molo on percussion. Each of these west coast musicians has played or recorded with artists such as Bruce Hornsby, Lou Reed, Richie Havens, Phil Lesh, Jackson Browne, Tracy Chapman and Nick Jameson. Visions truly captures a young artist developing her collaborative musical voice.
American Blues Scene offers early praise for the album. “Sometimes we’re lucky enough to catch an up-and-coming artist as they fly into our radar. This is one of those times. Not only is Alice Howe a gifted songwriter and performer, she has the wherewithal to surround herself with artists that were actually on the scene of the genre she has chosen to showcase. Whether a fan of blues, roots, Americana, soul or folk music, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t get a copy of Visions the very moment it’s released.”
While Visions marks a stunning full-length debut, Alice Howe has been marked as one to watch in recent times. She released an EP entitled You’ve Been Away So Long in 2017, which bowed on the FOLK-DJ chart with a #1 Most-Played Song, “Homeland Blues.” In addition to being a NewSong Music Songwriting and Performance Competition Finalist in 2018, she spent the fall of that year on a critically acclaimed tour of the UK and the Netherlands with Freebo. Howe is also a veteran of the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and FAR-West Folk Alliance conferences, where she has performed at formal showcases. Earlier this year, she was selected as a Kerrville New Folk Finalist.
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