After getting acquainted to Nashville in the winter of 2015, Paul Howard immediately immersed himself into his songwriting and his nonfiction humor travelogue, Vagrants in Paradise. The book was published in 2016, and featured at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville that year and again in 2017.
While Howard achieved a life goal in publishing his book, his music was on the back burner, and would continue to be when he set forth to create and develop the online publication Music Mecca, which has since become his full-time job and part of his identity. It’s since cemented his status in the modern music world, as it has connected him to a vast network of industry folks in Nashville and beyond.
While other creative endeavors absorbed Howard’s time, he’s never stopped writing his own music, recording demos, and playing casual gigs. And the time has come to go full-steam ahead with his music. With about three albums worth of music in his pocket, Howard is beginning his process of properly recording and releasing it, and will do so over the next few years.
Starting with the epic high-speed highway banger, “Sunset Blues Revisited,” which is set to drop as his first official single in January, Howard is planning to release a new track each month in 2024, building up to an album release. “Sunset Blues Revisited” was originally recorded and shelved in 2016, produced in Nashville by Duncan Shea (Music Band, Those Darlins, Becca Mancari) who also played several instruments on the track. But with a new lease on life and currently in the shop being mixed and mastered, the track will have a proper release as Howard’s lead single, with the delightfully twangy hospitality ballad “Fanny’s Farmhouse” on deck.
Howard’s offbeat style is like few others, as his lyrics are often filled with tongue-in-cheek charm, wit, and irreverent subject matter. His style bounces between eclectic folk, alt-country, and roots-rock, with songs chock full of playful, nostalgic, and satirical elements.
He’s currently looking to book shows with and without his band for 2024.
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“…troubadour and music journalist extraordinaire Paul Howard, who played an original song about AmericanaFest that he’d just written the night before. That’s pretty friggin’ Nashville, for sure. “Here we are again / Here we go my friend / Here we are / Americanafest” – I smell a licensing play, and I’m here for it 100%.”