Howie Newman
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May
19
Howie Newman @ Music Room Coffeehouse

Reading, Massachusetts, USA

Reading, Massachusetts, USA

May
12
Howie Newman @ House concert

Malden, Massachusetts, USA

Malden, Massachusetts, USA

May
05
Howie Newman @ Great Brook Farms Cafe

Bolton, Massachusetts, USA

Bolton, Massachusetts, USA

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Howie Newman sure puts his money where his mouth and guitar are. I've never been a big fan of the funny song CD and this is perhaps why I really like this independent release CD: the songs here are well-written and orchestrated tunes with a definite sense of humor. There is also something very likeable about Howie Newman in these songs that makes you want to toe-tap as he sings.

Newman is sometimes an observational song writer. Trust Me You'll Like It opens with a funny song titled Everybody's Talking On The Phone. It is about the cell-phone age we live in. I particularly like the piano work by Jim Gambino on this one.

Skeptical is a song about a guy in love with a girl who is not so sure. The guy himself just serves as an intro to her problem.

Way Past My Bedtime, another fun song, is about Howie Newman getting a bit too old to stay up partying. This is a great tune to play at someone's 40th birthday as a joke. You could also play Pushin' 30 if the person is ten years younger.

Having had the pleasure to do so, I particularly enjoyed Driving In Boston. This is a funny song Newman can probably take on the road and use as an opening simply by changing the name of the town. Weekend Warrior is a solid tune with a bit of a rock and roll feel about playing baseball on the weekend.

The closing song, Never Say Never is not the theme song to the last Connery James Bond movie. It is a country western style tune about not hanging up your skates, closing your guitar case, or closing you heart. It is the most serious song here and quite enjoyable.

Trust Me You'll Like It by Howie Newman is a great independent release fun song CD. The production values are there right down to the booklet that includes the lyrics to the songs, something few such releases include.

- The Serious Comedy Site


SEPTEMBER 2006 HOWIE NEWMAN:
TRUST ME, YOU’LL LIKE IT
(Major League Records)
Boy, was he ever right! Whimsical Boston troubadour Howie Newman is a scream, particularly if you are 40-something. He has a special talent for expressing those things that we often think but rarely discuss or are too polite t o bring up.

“Everybody’s Talking On the Phone,” he observes, but goes on to wonder what the heck all these people have to discuss. He also grumps, amusingly, about Boston traffic, and about snow. The best, and funniest, songs are about the slow escape of youth – he hates to admit it, but much as he’d like to go see his favorite bands in clubs, 10 o’clock is “Way Past My Bedtime.”

Neighborhood pick-up ballgames
leave the “Weekend Warrior” supine, moaning, and iced. Once rapt interest in an oftmarried friend’s latest love interests now
makes Newman “Skeptical,” instead. The temptation is to cut up the lyric sheet (included) and mail the various songs to friends to whom the subjects apply – with the rest staying on the fridge at home.

Newman has been getting some spins on Dr Demento and Mad Man Moskowitz, but you gotta get the
whole record. Trust me.
(Tom Petersen)
- The Victory Review


Discography

Trust Me, You'll Like It, CD, 2006
Why Did You Go Johnny Damon?, CD single, 2006
Baseball's Greatest Hits, CD, 2002
Here We Go Again, CD, 2001

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Bio

One of the most engaging performers on the New England folk circuit, Howie Newman combines music, comedy and audience participation to provide a truly unique entertainment experience.

His amusing original compositions are up-tempo and catchy, and he keeps things lively with funny between-songs banter and short comedy bits (there is also a smattering of serious songs).

Although he is best known for writing baseball parodies (e.g. "Blasted in the Bleachers"), Newman’s songs cover a broad range of user-friendly subjects. Topics include television commercials, getting up in the morning, cell phones, Boston drivers, intergalactic garbage collection and more.

“I just basically do the opposite of what everyone else does,” says Newman. “Most singer-songwriters throw in a funny song here and there to change the pace. My serious material is a change of pace. It calms everyone down. For a while, anyway.”

Newman has opened for Tom Paxton, Vance Gilbert, Bill Staines, Lui Collins, Don White, Seamus Kennedy, Modern Man and many others.