John Howie, Jr. album release party with special guests Amigo – Tickets – The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC – September 22nd, 2018

John Howie, Jr. album release party with special guests Amigo

John Howie, Jr. album release party with special guests Amigo


Sat, September 22, 2018

Doors: 10:00 pm / Show: 10:30 pm

The Evening Muse

Charlotte, NC

$10.00 - $12.00

John Howie, Jr. & The Rosewood Bluff
John Howie, Jr.  & The Rosewood Bluff
Suah Sounds is excited to announce Not Tonight, the new album from Chapel Hill country/honky-tonk legend John Howie Jr.

When the time came to record his first "solo" album, singer/songwriter John Howie Jr. (Two Dollar Pistols, Rosewood Bluff) decided that the set of songs he had at hand, a set that documented the dissolution of a relationship, was just too personal to release under any banner other than his own name. That set of songs became Not Tonight.

Recorded over a series of sessions in starting in Spring of 2015 with esteemed Southern Culture On The Skids frontman Rick Miller behind the boards at his Kudzu Ranch studio, John Howie Jr.’s debut under his own name is a somber, haunting and emotionally-fraught affair that is the most deeply personal album he’s yet made. It documents a grappling with loss and loss of control that has Howie searching for any light at the end of the tunnel.

“This album is a step forward from a disconcerting period of time in my life,” Howie says.
“In this case, the long, slow dissolution of a relationship. Everything that goes with that is in these songs: loss, loneliness, booze, suspicion, all of it. Not Tonight confronts a specific, painful period in my life, and the music is largely sparser, the lyrics more confessional than before. It ends on a relatively high note, but it's a mighty rough road gettin' there.”

Enlisting a who's who of Chapel Hill-area players to help commit his vision to tape, Howie tapped into the deep well of compatriots from the stable of relationships he’s cultivated in his two-plus-decade career in music.

Featuring appearances by members of his own backing band The Rosewood Bluff, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, the Shirlette Ammons Band, and Tonk, the subject matter of Not Tonight felt a little too personal to commit to anything but his own name.
Amigo is a rock and roll band. This might sound quaint or even a little passé but it’s an entirely apt and appropriate description. Amigo is a guitar, a bass, a drum set and buckets full of songs and its members share a proud and unrepentant belief in rock & roll’s divine promise and power to shake audience and band alike to their core.

The Charlotte-based trio, comprised of guitarist Slade Baird, bassist Thomas Alverson and drummer Adam Phillips, has been putting rubber to road in senses both theoretical and literal since their inception in 2012, developing their keen sense of harmony and interplay, honing their songwriting chops and developing an absolutely white-hot live show which has become the main vehicle for their brand of rock and roll evangelism.

The intervening years have found the band churning out a handful of releases, most notably their 2014 debut long player Might Could, playing shows numbering in the several hundreds and driving their trusty van tens of thousands of miles as they regularly traipse around the southern United States and beyond, taking their unpretentious, straight-from-the-heart shaggy dog story to the people.

Cut in the summer of 2016 with famed producer/engineer Mitch Easter at his Fidelitorium in the decidedly anti-music biz hamlet of Kernersville, North Carolina, And Friends is an album that is at once raucous yet intimate, traditional but ambitious, and finds the band culling influences from 50’s doo-wop to Hank Williams, John Prine to The Replacements, Tom Petty to Dinosaur Jr.

Building his songs from the foundation up, Baird adroitly lures the listener in, getting them moving with songs that would be at home in any honky tonk, dive bar or juke joint. But astride the plinking, pounding piano, hard-driving rhythm and swamp-scorched guitar solos sit the album’s subjects, whose true depth is revealed and unraveled upon closer inspection via Baird’s tightly packed lyrical prowess.

Blending the standard fare of exultant joy, rock and roll knuckleheadery, heartbreak, longing and love unrequited with much deeper searching, yearning and asking of the big questions (What does it all mean? Why do I matter? What comes next? What the fuck are any of us doing here?), Amigo’s songs unpack themselves slowly and show their myriad faces with each new listen.

Between name-checks of Damocles and references to the astral bodies, Amigo keeps their feet rooted firmly in the dirt as they reminisce about the old clothes we used to wear and postulate on love, sin and the path of the righteous. It is this balance of the real and the surreal, the imagined and the tactile that makes And Friends farther reaching than any adjective-laden rock subgenre.

It sounds beer-soaked but it is metaphysical. It feels heartland but it is soul-unburdening. It’s decidedly American but viewed through a philosophical lens.

Most importantly, it’s fun. It’s exuberance defined. And thus, it is rock and roll in its purest form.

And Friends is an album that encourages you to keep dreaming, to keep believing, to understand that the power of rock and roll still lives and breathes and can still offer salvation. Not surprising, then, to find that it’s progenitors are a band who play every show and sing and play every note as if it is a blessing, a celebration and welcome every crowd, every listener as if they are family.
Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC