No more backsliding | Spotlight | Indy Week
Pin It

No more backsliding 

Steve Howell does his own thing

Before he got delivered, Steve Howell was afflicted with honky-tonk-itis, backslid and mired in twang, looking for a way out. "I had gotten farther and farther from wanting to grab an electric guitar and take an amp and put it on ten," he laughs about his antics with his former group the Backsliders. Although Howell admits he had fun at a 'Sliders reunion about a year ago with former partner Chip Robinson, there's not much chance that bunch will regroup. "There's no hard feelings about what happened and what was," Howell says, "but I think he [Robinson] was always more into the rock thing. I just like the melodies and that kind of songwriting thing more than anything else."

After the Backsliders, he joined the Two Dollar Pistols, "just to be able to play the guitar and not have to worry about where we're playing or where the PA is." Howell laid low after the Pistols, teaching at Harry's Guitar shop until Allyn Love walked in one day and started fooling with the pedal steel guitar set up in the corner. Howell liked the sound so much he decided to form a band on the spot.

The Steve Howell Band gigged around for a couple of years before Howell got busy domestically. "I got married, bought a house, a mini-van and got a little family kind of thing happening." They got back together last May, when The Pour House booker Marianne Taylor hired him for Twang Bang. It inspired the current lineup with Love on pedal steel, Pee Wee Watson on bass, ex-Six String Dragger Scott Miller on guitar and ex-Backslider Jeff Dennis on drums. The band recently opened for Jim Lauderdale, and Howell says they're energized and "ready to play these small places open to the Americana thing."

But it won't be Backslider music. "We certainly don't sound like a traditionalist band," Howell says. "Nobody's afraid to get a little rowdy, but we're not doing that out-of-control punk style guitar."

The Steve Howell Band plays Six String Cafe in Cary on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5.

  • Steve Howell does his own thing

Latest in Spotlight

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Spotlight



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

i love WXYC, except fpr the low power, hillsborough hardley gets it, metaphorically speaking. the sound quality is horrible. can …

by peterhoyt on Uncle Woody Sullender (Spotlight)

almost as good a my son, nique

by peterhoyt on Uncle Woody Sullender (Spotlight)

Juliette Lewis is such a great actress but shes an even more amazing singer! I am so excited she is …

by Gerard on Juliette & the Licks (Spotlight)

We the House Of God Church (Keith Dominion)in Fayetteville,NC is having a Gospel Fest for our Y.F.F.U. Dept. in August. …

by yvette 58 on The Campbell Brothers (Spotlight)

This man, as well as Jasper were very talented. They took there handicap, and made a living out of it.They …

by babyboo on Skeeter Brandon (Spotlight)

Comments

i love WXYC, except fpr the low power, hillsborough hardley gets it, metaphorically speaking. the sound quality is horrible. can …

by peterhoyt on Uncle Woody Sullender (Spotlight)

almost as good a my son, nique

by peterhoyt on Uncle Woody Sullender (Spotlight)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation