James Howard Band

James Howard Band


"A Jimi Hendrix on guitar with the voice and vision of John Lennon"... "A Songwriter with great depth"- Rock and Blues News Magazine. "A Guitarist extraordinaire"... "he pushed the crowd to the edges of their seats" -Music Connection Magazine


James Howard started his career in the San Francisco Bay Area working as a guitarist and guitar teacher before relocating to the Seattle area. He is a soulful singer, guitarist and songwriter, writing in a variety of styles from blues, to rock to jazz and singer/songwriter, best know for his virtuoso guitar style reminiscent of Santana at times and Stevie Ray Vaughn at other times.He leads his own band playing at some of the best venues in Seattle including The Triple Door and the award winning Highway 99 Blues Club where he has played a once a month standing gig since October 2008. He is a consummate performer, animated and intense, very entertaining to watch.

On May 18, 2010, The James Howard Band was filmed for a new tv show called "Live From Seattle". The all music program modeled after "Austin City Limits" will be broadcast on the PBS station KCTS later this year with plans for national distribution to follow.

LA Based Music Connection Magazine says of Howard, “If you combined the guitar styles of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix you would produce the likes of James Howard. A guitarist extraordinaire, he mixes the intensity of Stevie Ray with the passion of Hendrix and plays some of the meanest blues this side of the Mississippi", “He takes his phenomenal blues to places others have not, making the music his own. He has what it takes to bring the blues up to the next level and most definitely deserves attention from the A&R community.”

In 2009 "The James Howard Band" performed live on KZOK Radio’s The Bob Rivers show.

Mixing passionate psychedelic electric guitar with inspirational themes, James is a life-long professional musician who has opened concerts for Robin Trower, John Waite, and UFO. He takes traditional blues and mixes in 60’s psychedelic blues/rock to create a unique compelling style. Also a prolific songwriter, James and his band have a bold mixture of originals and one-of-a kind cover arrangements.

James showed an early talent for the guitar when as a teenager he was an in demand lead guitar player in local gigging bands. Inspired by the rock and pop music that he was hearing on the radio, James searched out the roots of this music in blues, jazz, folk, Latin and R&B and he explored all those styles. At the age of 15 he played his first gig as a professional guitarist at a bar in Clearlake California. The bandleader glued a fake moustache onto James’ upper lip, adding a few years to his look.

Throughout The 1980’s James toured and recorded with a string of bands honing his style and developing his sound. In the 90’s he fronted his own band, culminating in the 1998 release of “electric rain” on Laughing Man Records. Electric Rain
received some great reviews comparing James and his music to Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Lennon, and Danny Gatton among others. James continued to tour with his four piece band wowing audiences with a
dynamic and powerful live show. The follow up CD "Mayan Mystery" was released in 2003 and "Celebrate Life" in 2008



James Howard has released three CD's on Laughing Man Records
1) "Electric Rain"
2) "Mayan Mystery"
3)"Celebrate Life"
For additional information go to www.myspace.com/jameshowardguitar and www.jameshowardmusic.com

Set List

1) Electric Rain
2) Path of the Mystic
3) From A to Z
4) Man of Tin
5) Rhythm and Blues
6) The Greatest Love
7) Couldn’t Keep Me From U
8) Victory Road
9) Freedom
10) Chicken Lips
11) Egyptian Writings
12) Eastern Sky
13) Lemuria
14) The Greatest Love
15) Arrow through my Heart
16) With The Radio On
17) Re-Volution
18) Attitude
19) Celebrate Life
20) Trouble
21) Chasing Moonbeams
22) Higher
23) I Open Up My Heart
24) Still Small Voice
25) Sweet Charlie
26) A Girl Like You
27) Yesterdaze Gone
28) When I Dream About U
29) Here comes the Bribe

Classic Blues:
1) Goin' Down
2) Born Under A Bad Sign
3) Before You Accuse Me
4) I Ain't Superstitious
5) Hideaway
6) Rock Me Baby
7) Let the Good Times Roll
8) Have You Ever Loved A Woman
9) Pride And Joy- SRV
10) Tightrope- SRV
11) Cold Shot- SRV
12) Couldn't Stand the Weather- SRV
13) Mary Had A Little Lamb-SRV
14) Have You Ever Loved A Woman

Classic Rock
1) Little Wing- Hendri