HOWIE NEWMAN: ONE OF A KIND
One of the most engaging performers on the New England folk circuit, Howie Newman combines music, comedy and audience participation to provide a truly unique entertainment experience.
Although he is best known for writing baseball parodies (e.g. "Blasted in the Bleachers"), Newman's songs cover a broad range of user-friendly subjects. Topics include television commercials, getting up in the morning, cell phones, middle age dating, intergalactic garbage collection and more.
His new album, "Trust Me, You'll Like It," was released in May 2006 and is available from CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com/newman3).
Howie generally performs solo but "Here We Go Again" is a lively collection of folk/country rock, with a full backup band on six of the seven tracks. Featured musicians include Billy Novick (clarinet), Paul Rishell (electric guitar) and Tom Belliveau (pedal steel guitar).
"Here We Go Again" includes a frustrated romantic's search for the ultimate aerosol ("Products on TV"), a lament for the early morning riser ("Getting Up Brings Me Down") and a dissertation on intergalactic trash collection ("Cosmic Garbageman Rag").
Also on the disc are his Fenway Park classic, "Blasted in the Bleachers," and "One Day on the Gas Line," a tale of love (and loss) in the strangest of places. Did you know that Howie wrote, recorded and produced the official fight song of the 1978 Southern Methodist University football team? If you missed it the first time around, "Mustang Mania" is reprised on his new CD.
Just to keep you honest, Howie included one serious song ("A Little Sympathy"), which features the jazz-style recorder riffs of the late Bruce Solof.
The album is basically up-tempo, folk/country rock that's straightforward and an easy listen.