Russell Howard (US)
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Russell Howard (US)

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2007 | INDIE

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2007
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter




"City Heart Review"

"Howard seems to have no agenda other than writing good, tight, and trim tunes and transmitting the joy of performing them into the joy of listening." - Vintage Guitar Magazine

"City Heart"

The beauty of this record rests in how simple, unassuming, and straightforward it is. And I mean that as a sincere compliment. With his clear, pure tenor carrying the day, Russell Howard has offered up six delightful pop tunes that display his poise and craftsmanship in fine form. As the City Heart EP moves along with an appealing mid-tempo pacing, it goes to show that classic songwriting tropes, when utilized effectively, will never go out of style. - Dryvetyme Onlyne

"ARTIST TO WATCH: Russell Howard"

Like a cross between early John Mayer and the seasoned songwriting chops of Josh Rouse, Russell Howard’s “Home Sweet Home” is one of those rare folk tracks which immediately sinks in and demands further exploration of an artist’s songwriting in general. It’s astounding that this songwriter, who fully embraces the vintage folk roots which inspire his music, hasn’t gotten more widespread press for his latest album City Heart. This is folk music with enough pop edge to ensure fans will keep coming back for more — the hook in the chorus is impossible to deny. “Home sweet home is in your arms,” Howard sings. “I did not ask to cross my stars with you.” We may not have known to ask for music from Russell Howard, but one listen is enough to guarantee he’ll have an audience for life. This is the kind of music internet word of mouth was made for! - Hear Hear

"Worthy Acoustic Guitar"

Russell Howard "City Heart," 2011 At Minor7th, worthy acoustic guitar - not a pop staple - is what we require. "City Heart," though a pop record with more hooks than Uncle Fred's fishing vest, qualifies. Russell Howard's guitar appears early in - and propels - every cut. Typical is the opener, "Under the Weight," with Howard's syncopated verse picking interacting nicely with percussion that supplies the four. In "Home Sweet Home" the guitar is appropriately melancholy. "You Me and Someday" turns the rhythmic tables with Howard often hitting all four beats and percussion working around them. But, there's more. Howard's outlook is so romantic and his Christopher Cross-like tenor so sincere that even his double entendres sound sweet. Readers of Minor7th will find enough six-string to appreciate in "City Heart." They may also find themselves drawn in, like fish on the line, by the hooks. © David Kleiner - Minor 7th

"Good songs will always find a way to be heard."

What we have is a personal and reflective collection of self-penned tunes that not only showcase Howard’s strong voice but his penchant for creative coloring outside the lines dividing mainstream pop from indie folk with a slightly alternative bent. - The Dallas Morning News

"Singer/Songwriter brings Jazz Pop to Richmond"

In addition to his sweet vocals, Howard has some serious guitar chops to back it all up. If his videos and fan testimonials are any indication, Howard is an energetic and engaging live performer, so this will be a show not to miss.
With solid talent, engaging stage presence, and a Chet Baker-esque baby face, Russell Howard may just be going places fast. - Brick Weekly Richmond


Still working on that hot first release.



Russell Howard writes songs about the rewards and struggles of self discovery. Shimmering with awe, melancholy, and steely optimism, Russell's music feels at times both intimate and expansive. 

Having shared the stage with such diverse and respected artists as The Lumineers, Howie Day, Sister Hazel, Teddy Geiger, Greg Laswell, Joe Firstman, Tyler Hilton, and Griffin House, Russell has toured extensively, spreading his proprietary blend of folk, indie, and pop across the US.

After crowd-funding the recording of his EP City Heart, the 2012 release received such a positive reception that in 2013 City Heart was expanded and re-released via Rock Ridge Music as City Heart +.  

Now in 2014, Russell is beginning work on his long awaited debut LP with producer and long time collaborator Lawson White.  As Pennsylvania's Daily News affirms, "Russell Howard has what it takes to move on to bigger and better things."

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