“My dad went to prison when I was three, and my mom bought my first guitar with green stamps”.
Born in St. Charles, Missouri, Jon T. Howard grew up the hard way. Few songwriters have lived to tell the tales that Howard serenely lays to paper and song. Romantic and masculine, bluesy-bitter and folksy-forgiving, wise and foolish; his understated and unvarnished lyrics cut to the heart of Howard’s complex soul.
On Time For Something New,Howard, at a musical watershed in his life, puts it simply, “I’m making peace with the past.” In his uncompromisingly honest music and gravelly voice, discerning listeners will detect a psyche at war with a lifetime of train wrecks witnessed. Howard: “The album is a bookend of what I’ve lived through and been a witness to.”
Influenced by 70’s rock, Howard evokes the traditions of Tom Waits and Jackson Browne in his honest lyrics and gravelly voice. With tracks like “Potterville” and “St. Charles,” this album is an ironic culmination of Jon’s emotional journey and acknowledgement of his own demons. Time For Something New is a soulful blend of roots-rock, blues and Americana that is ready for radio and prime time!
Features special guests drummer Shawn Pelton (Sheryl Crow, Rosanne Cash); guitarist Duke Levine (Mary Chapin Carpenter); bassist Paul Bryan (Aimee Mann), and producer Ben Wisch (“Walking In Memphis”).
“Laidback and heartfelt...rootsy melodic pop-rock a la Tom Petty, The Eagles and Dires Straits.” —Easy Rider Magazine