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"CD Review"

CD Review:
It’s Honky Tonk Time,
Girl Howdy

Girl Howdy's core--Betsy Dawn Williams, Paula Bradley, Rose Sinclair and Emma O'Donnell--is rooted in bluegrass and old time music. After all, they've played with the likes of Lost Wages, Pioneer Valley Bluegrass, Robin and Linda Williams, Jim and Jenny & The Pinetops and Bruce Molsky. But together they create a timeless, 1940s honky tonk sound that never goes out of style.

Their EP length CD, It's Honky Tonk Time, reflects their love for the music and the fun they have crafting their art. It's recorded live and captures the energy of their performance. During each song you'll forget it's live. The recording (Chris Cantwell, July 2005), mix, and mastering (Joe Podlesney, Avocet Studios, Shelburne MA) excel and the applause is unobtrusively faded between tracks.

Special guests June Drucker's driving bass and Paul McTaggert's drums keep Howdy in the grove, whether they're swinging, rocking, or drowning in a lonesome beer. Paula 's piano rounds out the rhythm section.

Both Betsy Dawn (guitar) and Paula sing lead and take turns providing mutually supporting harmonies. As their voices waft through the swinging doors and out into the dusty street, you could almost hear the clinking of beer bottles inside.

Rose's steel and Emma's fiddle fit the music to a tee, further adding to its authenticity. These characteristics--sweet harmonies, sliding steel and sawing fiddle--define Girl Howdy's genuine jukebox sound.

With a few exceptions, males dominated the post-war Honky Tonk scene. But in the 21st Century Girl Howdy rules--good for listening and for dancing.

It's Honky Tonk Time contains just six songs, and as expected, leaves you wanting more. But, it's a bargain at just $10, available through CD Baby linked to www.

Put this CD in your changer with some old Hank Williams, Ray Price and Kitty Wells stuff. It's all good! Then, roll up the carpet and call your friends for a dance.

So excuse them. They'll take the blame, moanin' the knee-deep blues, rockin' and swingin' with a rollicking sound that'll sweep you off your feet.

- Jeff Anzevino, Hudson River Jamboree
- Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association Jamboree

"Rhythm & Roots Festival Review"

" and sweet-singing..."
Providence Journal - Providence Journal


1. Self released 2006 "It's Honky Tonk Time!"
2. recording: Main Stage set at 2006 Rhythm and Roots
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Girl Howdy roars into town on a mission to keep the honky-tonk torch burning bright! This 6-piece combo features an all-gal frontline tearing it up on fiddle, steel guitar, piano, flat top guitar and soaring vocal harmonies, backed by a top-notch rhythm section of upright bass and drums.

Playing music from the classic honky-tonk era spanning the late 1940's to the early 1960's, Girl Howdy plays songs from such legends as Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Buck Owens, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price, the Davis Sisters, Webb Pierce, as well as honky-tonk-inspired originals. Hogwild for raw twang, this band plows through their retro-based repertoire with energy, enthusiasm and utter devotion.
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Past Venues -
Rhythm and Roots Festival (2006)
Charlestown, RI

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (2004, 2005, 2006)
Ancramdale, NY

Dance Flurry Festival
Saratoga Springs, NY

Strawberry Park Folk Music Festival
Preston, CT

Hudson River Arts Festival
Poughkeepsie, NY

Johnny D's Restaurant and Music Club
Somerville, MA

First Night Worcester
Worcester, MA

Mineral Springs Bluegrass Festival
Stafford Springs, CT

Club Helsinki
Great Barrington, MA

Watermelon Wednesdays Concert Series
Whately, MA

The Bull Run
Shirley MA

The Elevens
140 Pleasant St.
Northampton, MA

First Night Northampton
Northampton, MA

Tawasentha Park Summer Concert Series
Guilderland, NY

Hudson River Theater
Hudson, NY

The Milky Way Lounge & Lanes
Jamaica Plain, MA

Newfane Summer Concert Series
Newfane, VT

Westhampton Town Hall Concert Series
Westhampton, MA

Cafe Fantastique
Worcester, MA

Pioneer Arts Center of Easthampton
Easthampton, MA

Katy's Cookin' Cabaret
Alexandria Town Hall , NH

Greenfield Classic Day Festival
Greenfield, MA

Three County Fair
Northampton, MA

Windsor County Agricultural Fair
Springfield, VT

Heath Fair
Heath, MA