The popular shack-shakin' Delta and hill country blues trio returns to Sacramento. "I love country blues and I also love 60s blues/jazz trios (like Jack McDuff) so they could be onto creating a great new sound combining the two approaches. I enjoyed every tune on HOWL. " -Charlie Musselwhite "There is no blues band performing today as different as HowellDevine—nor as delightful." -Lee Hildebrand, Living Blues "These days it’s crowded field of rock guitar-driven blues and there sits HowellDevine singularly offering a refreshing content-laden recording. The ease with which they play is a pleasant change from the relentless need by others to continuously display musical gymnastics. Easier said than done, they have done the near impossible, “ownership” of the idiom that they perform. Propulsive prowess is at play here: this is minimalist juke joint music with a groove so deep that you could grow giant heritage oaks in a year.” -Jim Pugh, Little Village Foundation Triple threat talent, Joshua Howell (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and percussion savant, Pete Devine (drums, washboard), plus veteran upright bassist, Joe Kyle Jr. deftly mix Delta/Country Blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present-day sound rooted in early blues. HowellDevine breaks from the norm, providing rich and complex textures integral to the music rather than simple backing for a soloist. The result is a sound which stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days and would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago. HOWL was recorded at the mecca of blues production on the West Coast these days, Kid Andersen's Greaseland Studios in San Jose, the trio- Joshua Howell (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Pete Devine (drums, washboard, jug) and Joe Kyle, Jr. (upright bass) brought their raw and elegant rhythmic simpatico to a carefully selected repertoire of songs, just as they have in the past with their acclaimed albums on Arhoolie Records, Jumps, Boogies and Wobbles (2013) and Modern Sounds of Ancient Juju (2015), and their self-released debut, Delta Grooves (2012). Some of their biggest heroes-- Sonny Boy Williamson, R.L. Burnside, Robert Johnson, Hound Dog Taylor and Blind Blake—have been introduced to their Gen X and Millennials audiences by way of these three friends. Music critic Andrew Gilbert writes in his liner notes: "Much like the iconic blues musicians who provided the bones and marrow for vast stretches of American music, you can’t keep HowellDevine down on the Delta when they feel the need to roam. The elemental Bay Area trio has distinguished itself over the past decade as a startlingly potent roots-based combo steeped in an array of sinewy shuffles and muscular grooves."
Venue Information: The Starlet Room 2708 J Street Sacramento CA, 95816