B.D.Howes Band
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B.D.Howes Band

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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Sundance festival gig surprises B.D. Howes
By Scott Iwasaki
Deseret News
Published: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 3:22 p.m. MST

Salt Lake City-based band leader B.D. Howes had no idea that the Beehive Tea Room was an official Sundance Film Festival music venue when his band was booked a few weeks ago.
"We thought it was just another gig that we set up through the Utah Travel Council," he said during an interview. "We're looking forward to the show."
Howes has been playing in Salt Lake City for the past 18 years. He started out as a solo artist, using a drum machine. Throughout the years he has put together a tight-knit band that has played the Gallivan Utah Center, Cicero's in Park City, Jordan Landing and other venues throughout the state.
In the past, Howes hasn't relied too much on a set list, but in recent years, he sees the importance of one.
"We have some jamming songs, but we play for the audience," he said. "And I get a list for the band."
While Howes' songs usually consist of originals, he does have some covers ready to go.
"The problem with playing the covers is that someone from the audience wants to sing with the band," he said with a laugh. "I have to tell them that this is not karaoke."
Still, Howes said, he is always ready to change his set list at the last moment.
"I remember one show we did in Murray," he said. "We were all ready to rock out. We had some aggressive songs ready to play. And then the audience began filing in. We didn't realize that we were supposed to play in front of an audience comprised of senior citizens."
Howes said the band — guitarist/singer Howes, bassist Chris Schell, drummer Jay Thomas and lead guitarist Chris Hamilton — looked at each other and started to worry.
"I decided that we'd kind of turn things down a bit and adjust what we were going to play," he said. "But after we started playing, we found that the elderly were just as eager to hear some rock music as we were to play.
"In fact, we had some people yelling to turn it up," he said. "They especially wanted to hear the guitar."
Then the crowd wanted to hear a drum solo.
"So we let him do it," said Howes with another laugh. "It was amazing."
Howes said Utah has been a great place for him to play.
"It is most rewarding when we play places like Jordan Landing," he said. "We play outside, and people young and old will stop and listen. I especially like when the kids, not knowing anything about us, will stop, listen and start to dance."
If you go ...
What: B.D. Howes Band
Where: Beehive Tea Room, official Sundance Festival Cafe, 12 W. 300 South
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
How much: free
Beehive Tea Room
Here is the schedule for the Beehive Tea Room, the official Sundance Festival Cafe in Salt Lake City, 12 W. 300 South
All shows are open to the public.
B.D. Howes Band, Jan. 16, 7 p.m. The Precinct, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. Blue Sunshine Soul, Jan. 18, 5 p.m. The Platte, Jan. 19, 6 p.m. Joey Couger & the Starfish, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. This Passing Moment, Jan. 24, 7 p.m.
E-mail: scott@desnews.com

Teresa Sanchez-Howes
The B.D. Howes Band has played at venues throughout Utah.
- Deseret News


Discography

Two CDs, independent label:
"P.A.M.L.' -Playing All My Life
and "B.D. Howes"

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Singer/songwriter and adult-contemporary soft-rock composer B. D. Howes a resident of Salt Lake City, Utah relocated to back east for almost a decade to pursue his music career as a singer-song-writer where he performed extensively and was also exposed to different genres of music. He sings simple songs about complex things, love, family, dreams, political and historical momentums.

Howes. writes from a perspective of interludes between lovers and lives (“I Was Part of Your Life,” and “It Took a Long Time,”) songs of roads and trains (“Reading Railroad”), nature and beauty (“Raindrop” and “Pretty Little Girls”) and hope (“Maybe someday.”) People sang along after hearing the songs for the first time.

So far, Howes has released two CDs “Playing All my Life – P. A. M. L.” and “B. D. Howes.” He is currently working on his third CD along with his band at his Salt Lake City studio.

“B.D. Howes Band sounds like vintage, blues-based, 60s- classic rock.” Just Walk Away" even has a light-dusting of southwest blues,” Scott Iwasaki, Deseret Morning News music editor.