Album Review

The Howdies - Howdies All Around

Howdies All Around mixes honky tonk, outlaw country and 50s rock n’ roll, pouring it all into a big ol’ tasty cocktail of fun-loving, thoughtful tunes.

Holler Country Music
October 5, 2023 9:41 am GMT
Last Edited October 6, 2023 9:24 am GMT

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The Howdies - Howdies All Around

Label: Normaltown / New West Records

Release Date: September 29, 2023

Producers: T. Hardy Morris & David Barbe

Tracklisting:

1. Hello, Jukebox
2. Buddies
3. Staying Standing
4. Biscuits & Gravy
5. The Devil’s Side
6. Dreaming About Water
7. Quitting Time
8. To Love and Forget
9. 50/50 (If You’re Lucky)
10. Cry Mercy
11. Twilight on the Plains

Another band hailing from the trusty town of Athens, GA, The Howdies have arrived and are ready to keep you dancing the night away into drunken oblivion with their debut LP, Howdies All Around.

Inspired by and created for long nights in local bars, Howdies All Around mixes honky tonk, outlaw country and 50s rock n’ roll, pouring it all into a big ol’ tasty cocktail of fun-loving, thoughtful tunes.

Opener ‘Hello, Jukebox’ sets the tone for the record to come, encouraging the ridding of sorrow and heartache, even if only until tomorrow. With writing shared between frontmen Shoni Rancher and Austin Darnell, the tracklist goes on to evolve through storytelling country ditties and odes to love, combining each songwriter’s influences.

As debuts go, this one’s a solid. Catchy tunes that don’t take themselves too seriously with a dive bar spirit and cathartic awareness. What’s not to like?

7/10

Howdies All Around is out on Friday September 29 via Normaltown / New West Records.

Written by Ciara Bains
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