“Sometimes we’re lucky enough to catch an up-and-coming artist as they fly into our radar. This is one of those times.” - American Blues Scene
Vistas and the faces and emotions they summon unfurl with compelling grace on Visions, Alice Howe’s debut album. A modern love letter to 60's and 70's folk and timeless blues, Visions pays homage without succumbing to imitation, and offers an intimate snapshot of a young artist discovering her own power.
Produced by Freebo, Bonnie Raitt's beloved bassist for a decade, Visions follows the #1 Most Played Song on the FOLK-DJ charts, “Homeland Blues” from Howe's 2017 EP You’ve Been Away So Long. The album features a collection of new originals alongside Alice’s interpretations of iconic songs from her family’s vast record collection.
Visions was recorded in Bakersfield, CA, where the city's sun-bleached grit became a creative counterweight to Howe’s lush New England naturalism. American roots music became Howe’s playground: blues, bluegrass, folk, and pop––with celtic nods––take turns defining the sounds on Visions, anchored by her rich mezzo-soprano. An ace band backed Howe like she’d never been backed before, and the resulting collection is polished but energized by a young artist’s hunger to prove herself.
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Marty's review: Alice Howe's debut album is a brilliant collection of folk-roots and blues compositions that are given special treatment by Alice's unique and original style and delivery. The five originals showcase Alice's delicate and accomplished songwriting skills and her renditions of established favorites like "Bring It On Home to Me", "Honey Bee" and "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" are given her own fresh interpretation and delivered in a style that is complimentary to the original yet sublime and textured and make them sound as almost new. Alice is backed up by a fine component of musicians that are equally stunning and create a musical atmosphere that is classic and highly-listenable.