3 piece acoustic/electric
originals / covers
Arhoolie Records' recording artists HowellDevine represent a brand of blues you rarely encounter in today's arena. The raw, gritty slide guitar, harmonica & vocals crafted by Joshua Howell evoke Mississippi hill-country greats such as Fred McDowell & RL Burnside. The rhythm section, comprised of renown drummer/percussionist Pete Devine, along with the gut-crunchin' upright bass of Joe Kyle Jr., provide the rich, complex textures integral to the music rather than a simple backing section for a soloist.
The result from HowellDevine is a richness in sound which stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days & would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago.
HowellDevine brings life back to that sound, infusing the rural blues with their own unique style.
Rollin' & Tumblin'
HowellDevine Boogie Woogie
Soft Steel Piston
“Joshua Howell, the band’s guitarist & harmonica player, plays wicked harp loosely in the Rice Miller tradition, with traces of Jaybird Coleman & Little Walter. The fiery Howell plays emotive, straight blues, with sharp & superb guitar sliding & picking. The rhythm section is wild, juxtaposing interesting syncopations & jazz beats. Drummer Pete Devine & contrabassist Joe Kyle Jr. are in their own dynamic creative realm, approaching the rhythm in a free, almost avant-garde way—a contrast that gives the ensemble an idiosyncratic edge.” - Frank Matheis (Living Blues Magazine)