Who would lump Dolly Parton, Nanci Griffith, Cyndi Lauper, Iris Dement, Paul Thorn and Natalie Maines together? The person charged with the task of describing Heidi Howe’s music. The little girl with the big red guitar has been compared to all of them.
After releasing her debut album Nature of My Wrongs in 1999, she began to be recognized not only for her powerful voice, but also for her clever, relevant, earnest songwriting. Nature of My Wrongs received rave reviews, was chosen as one of the ten best albums of 1999 by The Courier Journal and solidified Howe as a worthy contender among other notable songwriters.
Since that release, Howe has toured nationally, placed first in a country battle of the bands, played huge concert halls and pitched songs in Nashville. She’s played radio shows, television shows, and has had her music featured in film. The list of people Howe has opened for reads like a who’s who of alt-country music: Todd Snider, Jason Ringenberg, Paul Thorn, Stacey Earle, The Be Good Tanyas, Jerry Douglas, Billy Joe Shaver, Kim Richey, Holly Williams, The Wood Brothers, Tim Krekel, Rosie Flores and Tommy Womack, to name a few.
Ever the explorer, Howe has delved into children's music, spiritual music and environmental activism and has drawn quite a bit of national praise for her efforts. She has garnered accolades from the usual Americana music supporters like No Depression Magazine and WXPN in Philadelphia while at the same time receiving kudos from Al Gore and winning an E-chievement award from the E-town Radio Show.
Be Good is Howe’s first album since 2007’s I Love Britney Spears. It is Howe’s sixth solo release and the eighth album she has produced. (She produced the compilation album Heidi’s One Night Stand as a benefit for the Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund as well as the sonaBLAST! Records release Louisville Lullabies, which benefitted The Home of the Innocents.)
Today, Howe still professes to favor intimate shows over flashy, larger ones. To testify, she says that the songwriter showcase she hosted for more than five years in Louisville remains “one of her fondest memories.” Howe has always thrived on the easy conversation that seems to happen between performer and audience when she takes the stage. She is excited about taking her music on the road again in 2014 for her Be Good tour.
What the media is saying about Be Good...
"A must have for your 2014 Alternative Country music playlist. Don't miss out on this gem." - I Am Entertainment Magazine
"If alt country needs a queen, we nominate Heidi Howe to the throne." - TheMusicUniverse.com
"Within two tracks, this record was already something I wanted to recommend to people." - AbsolutePunk.net
"Talent, charm, edge, humor and a unique voice in a sea of artists who are just trying too hard. Howe is the real deal." - RockWorldMagazine.com
"Her lyrics are smart and sassy and her music is infectious." - Blogcritics.org
"Howe has the coveted combination of a soothing tone and interesting views and stories that make her material easy to listen to and completely relative to people the world over." - Music-News.com
"With a voice that is thick, ringing like a bell, and syrupy like warm molasses, she is everything that is sweet about country twang." - AllWhatsRock.com
"Howe’s storytelling is captivating, her voice is wholesome and her musical talent knows no bounds." - VeggieFans.net