Howdy!

Howdy!

BandAmericanaBluegrass

Mixing equal parts black cat bone, whiskey and graveyard dirt, Howdy! conjures a strange invocation of bluegrass, folk and southern Americana; sometimes described as acoustic jam but best described as “Outlaw Folk”

Biography

Mixing equal parts black cat bone, whiskey and graveyard dirt, Howdy! conjures a strange invocation of bluegrass, folk and southern Americana; sometimes described as acoustic jam but best described as “Outlaw Folk”. Singing songs of dust and despair, angels and devils, redemption and celebration, Howdy! composes a liturgy of sound evoking earlier times whilst weaving music familiar yet altogether new.

Howdy! is Tennessee native Dave Nanstad on vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica, Southern California native Sean Hancock on mandolin and vocals, and Northern California native Aspen Stevenson on upright bass and vocals.

Revelers at Howdy! shows have been heard to exclaim...”they cast out devils and speak with new tongues..!”.

Lyrics

The Stranger

Written By: Howdy!

I sat down to this song to see if something came to mind. A knock on my back door and there a stranger I did find. Pardon me kind sir, but some assistance I could lend, for a fee practically free my favors never end. Well I eyed this stranger and I looked him up and down, and I asked him how he came to be so far away from town. Well I'm from the mountain and I heard you call my name, you've got secrets and ambitions, and that's my kind of game. That's why I came.
I said I never called you you don't even know my name. He said that didn't matter none and he'd help me all the same. Cause I know your mind and in good time we'd meet anyway, so be a gentleman and invite me in, hear what I have to say. He described all my wickedness and the stuff of my desires, put it in a song for me as I stoked up the fire. The room got colder as the song came to an end and with his hand on my shoulder, we sang that song again. It went something like this.

Didn't know the language but still I understood, lord please forgive me, the stranger said you would. As I picked up my shotgun in the most awful way, and waited for my family to return from church that day. With the stranger at my shoulder, I looked down the site, but before I pulled the trigger lord, I turned the barrel right, round at the stranger and I let both hammers down, and through the powder haze, I fell to the ground.
And the last thing I heard, as my life slipped away, was the laughing of that stranger from somewhere far away. Now you know I read the bible and I listen to the lord, but all I heard was the stranger and these broken chords.

Now you've heard my message, now you've heard my song. When the stranger comes a callin', don't you sing along. Now you've heard my message, now you've heard my song. When the stranger comes a callin', don't you sing along.

Discography

Howdy has a self-titled ep released in mid 2005 and a full-length album titled "Stranger" that was released in August, 2006.

Set List

Howdy's repertoire consists of 40+ original songs and several cover tunes.