From the beating musical heart of Howdies comes Howdies All Around, emerging as a tale of friends coming together to weave stories around a campfire, celebrating the rugged heroes of country music's early days, and the rebellious spirit of the outlaw era.
At its core, Howdies' Howdies All Around pays homage to Appalachia and the deep roots of the blues, woven together to give birth to a quintessentially American art form. Steered by the skilled hands of producers David Barbe (Drive-By Truckers) and T. Hardy Morris, and recorded at Chase Park Transduction, Howdies All Around bears the unmistakable stamp of Athens, GA, a place that has historically birthed bands like this, and albums like this one. Howdies All Around carries a certain looseness, an endearing homemade quality, yet it brims with the warmth of camaraderie and the sheer exhilaration of forging something entirely new.
A collective of six individuals lead by Shoni Rancher and Austin Darnell, each member of Howdies brings a unique musical heritage to the table. Their diverse backgrounds merge seamlessly, giving rise to a distinctive identity. The band has found themselves nestled in the creative embrace of the Athens, Georgia, the small college town with a big music scene which has long served as a sanctuary for artists of all musical stripes. This is where outsiders thrive, and the hallowed traditions of music are playfully bent, sometimes even shattered, with a knowing grin and a nod to tradition. In an era when boundaries blur and genres meld, Howdies exemplify the spirit of Athens - a place where artistic innovation flourishes and conventional musical norms are often crafted into something fresh and unique.