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Hillbilly Music For The Soul - Cover Artist Singer Guitarist from Minneapolis, MN

Will travel up to 180 miles

  • Avg 4.0 | 9 Reviews
  • 13 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2011
  • 3 Awards & Badges
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $450 per event

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In addition to 60's-70's hits, Hillbily Music for the Soul offers vintage country, bluegrass, blues, and swing on acoustic flatpick, fingerstyle and bottleneck blues guitar, five-string banjo and voice. Dylan, Lightfoot, CCR, Jerry Garcia, Hank Williams, Lightnin Hopkins, Robert Johnson, Doc Watson and many well-known Americana tunes. My solo show is distinctive because it combines professional vocals with ambitious instrumental arrangments. We've been well-received everywhere we perform for private parties, neighborhood and college bars because we can stand and deliver a high-quality, acoustic/traditional show and some decent pickin' with that. Review, Inside Bluegrass, March 2010. "Steve Howard has been performing American roots music for over three decades. For those of you who know him, you would probably agree with me that he is a walking encyclopedia of blues, jazz, folk and bluegrass music. If you ever have a chance to jam with him (something I would recommend) you'll probably be playing tunes from Bill Monroe, Robert Johnson, and Duke Ellington, all in one session. Steve's latest Album, Easy to Get Lost in the World sums up a lifetime of musical exploration. Listening to the project is a bit like taking a class in American folk music. The journey starts with a visit to the Appalachian Mountains, winds to Nashville for some classic country, and ends up in New York City with a jazz standard. The opening track "Salty Dog Blues" does a good job of letting the listener know where Steve and his ensemble are coming from. Rather than create another Bluegrass Album Band version of the tune, Steve has created more of an old-timey sound adding extra measures to give it a "crooked" feel. The end result is a fresh sound that embraces Steve's passion for Appalachian traditions. "A Fool Such as I" has a classic mournful sound that highlights Steve's considerable vocal talent. His phrasing is reminiscent of country greats Webb Pierce and Lefty Frizzell. A challenging song to be sure, but Steve pulls it off effortlessly. "Sweet Chariot Swing Low" is a beautifully presented a cappella that captures the classic four-part gospel harmony. The group manages to hold pitch and tempo throughout the tune maintaining energy from beginning to end. Musicians that have been playing as long as Steve Howard often have signature tunes. I've have to say that for Steve, that tune is Merle Travis' "Lost John." After playing this one live for the past few decades, he has successfully made this iconic tune his own. In fact, I can't really imagine any other version of it at this point, and for me, that's saying a lot. The tune works perfectly with Steve's percussive guitar style and the phrasing fits Steve's voice like an old glove. . ."


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Review by Jamie R.

Christmas PartyReviewed on January 22, 2019From Siren, WI

Steven was a pleasure to be around and interacted very well with the group. He kept them engaged and asked for requests. He started early and played all the way through to the agreed end time.

Review by Mario A.

Private PartyReviewed on August 5, 2013From Shakopee, MN

Steve Earl Howard provided us a great, warm, personal music experience. He performed songs we loved and knew, and "picked" some amazing ol' style Blues. Just a wonderful experience and look forward to having Steve Earl over in the future.

Review by Cristina P.

Wedding ReceptionReviewed on March 11, 2013From Saint Paul, MN

Steven Earl Howard - Hillbilly Music for the Soul was great. They played awesome music and really knew how to keep the energy up in the crowd. We enjoyed them thoroughly. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a bluegrass band.

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  • Oklahoma Hills | Woody Guthrie
  • Light My Fire | Doors
  • Sugar Magnolia 1970 | from American Beauty
  • Bad moon Rising | CCR
  • Down the Road/Cripple Creek 1955 | Flatt and Scruggs medley
  • I'm Walkin 1956 | Fats Domino
  • Gentle on My Mind 1967 | Glen Campbell
  • Tennessee Stud 1958 | Stonewall Jackson
  • The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 1969 | Robbie Robertson The Band
  • Only Love Can Break Your Heart 1971 | Neil Young from After the Gold Rush
  • Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald 1976 | Gordon Lightfoot
  • Buckets of Rain 1975 from Blood on the tracks | Dylan bottleneck slide guitar
  • Walking Blues 1938 | Robert Johnson
  • Beverly Hillbillies Theme 1962 | Paul Henning
  • Love Please Come Home 1956 | Leon Jackson The White Oak Mountain Boys
  • Something in the way She Moves 1969 Abbey Road | George Harrison
  • Alabama Getaway | Grateful Dead
  • Rainy Day People | 1975 Gordon Lightfoot
  • Into the Mystic 1970 Moondance album | Van Morrison
  • Like a Rollin Stone 1965 | Bob Dylan
  • Your Smile 2007 | Josh Underwood
  • Why Don't You Love Me Like You Used to Do – Hank Sr. | 1949 #4 hit
  • Looking Out My Back Door | CCR
  • A Fool Such As I | Hank snow
  • Jambalaya Lovesick Blues Setting the Woods on Fire Your Cheatin Heart | Hank Williams Sr.
  • King of the Road 1964 | Roger Miller
  • Calling Baton Rouge 1994 | Garth Brooks
  • Moondance 1970 | Van Morrison album Moondance
  • Big River 1958 | Johnny Cash
  • Folsum Prison Blues 1953 | Johnny Cash first recorded in 1955
  • Behind Closed Doors 1973 | Charlie Rich
  • Highway 40 Blues 1981 | Ricky Skaggs
  • Take Me Home Country Roads 1971 | John Denver
  • Thank God I'm a Country Boy 1974 | John Denver
  • Brown Eyed Girl 1967 | Van Morrison
  • Streets of Laredo 1949 | Marty Robbins
  • Dead Flowers 1971 from Sticky Fingers | Rolling Stones
  • Stop Breaking Down 1972 Exile on Mainstreet | Rolling Stones 1937 recording by Robert Johnson
  • Fire on the Mountain 1974 Searchin For A Rainbow | Marshall Tucker Band
  • Did She Mention My Name 1968 | Gordon Lightfoot
  • Homeward Bound and April Come She Will 1966 | Simon and Garfunkel
  • Night and Day | Cole Porter 1931
  • I Can't Give You Anything But Love 1928 | J McHugh and Dorothy Fields
  • Let's Do It | Let's Fall in Love 1928
  • Honeysuckle Rose 1929let's do itlet's | Fats Waller
  • Take Me Back to Tulsa 1930 | Bob Wills Texas swing
  • F/Back Home in Indiana 1917 | comedy tune Homer and Jethro
  • After You've Gone | 1918
  • San Antonio Rose | Bob Wills Texas swing trio harmony vocals
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow | Wizard of Oz
  • What a Wonderful World | 1968 biggest –selling hit single of 1968 in Great Britain by Louis Armstrong written by Weiss and Healey
  • Limehouse Blues 1922 | Philip Braham and Douglas Ferber
  • Sweet Georgia Brown 1925 | Bernie and Pinkard
  • All of Me 1931 | Ruth Etting
  • Cherokee 1938 | Ray Noble
  • Why Don't You Love Me Like You Used to Do 1949 | #4 hit Hank Williams
  • Peach Pickin Time in Georgia 1928 | Jimmie Rodgers yodeling brakeman
  • Minor Swing | Django Reinhardt
  • Nuages | Django Reinhardt
  • Christmas Lullaby | 19th Century German tune arranged by Arthel Watson as Appalachian tune
  • I Found a new Baby 1925 | Ethel Waters written by Clarence Williams and Spencer Williams
  • Lucky Southern | Keith Jarret
  • The Magician in You 1968 | Keith Jarret
  • Blues for Alice | Charlie Parker
  • Banish Misfortune instrumental | traditional Irish
  • Whiskey in the Jar instrumental | traditional Irish
  • Harvest Home instrumental | traditional Irish
  • The Rocky Road to Dublin | traditional Irish
  • The Wind that Shakes the Barley instrumental | traditional Irish
  • Flowers of Edinborough instrumental | traditional Irish
  • Midnight on the Water instrumental | traditional Irish
  • The Wild Rover | traditional Irish
  • Aran Boat Song instrumental | traditional Irish
  • Road to Listdoonvarna instrumental | traditional Irish
  • Rickett's Hornpipe instrumental | traditional Irish
  • House Carpenter | traditional Irish
  • Okeefe's Slide instrumental | traditional Irish
  • TempReel/Swingin Gate instrumentals | traditional Irish
  • Into the Mystic | Van Morrison Irish
  • Leather Britches instrumental | traditional Irish
  • Sheebeg Sheemor | Turloch O'Carolan 1600's traditional Irish
  • What Does Deep Sea Say | traditional Irish
  • Drowsy Maggie | traditional Irish
  • The Leaving of Liverpool | traditional Irish
  • Danny Boy | traditional Irish
  • Fisher's Hornpipe | instrumental
  • Moondance | Van Morrison
  • Walls of Liscarroll instrumental | traditional Irish

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Past Events

June 22, 2023 • Nursing Home Event
Thu1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Minneapolis, MN
September 11, 2021 • Festival
Sat6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Marshall, MN
August 4, 2019 • Brookview Golf Course - Patio
Sun6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Golden Valley, MN
June 9, 2019 • Three One Six Bar and Grill Brookview - solo
Sun6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Golden Valley, MN
May 4, 2019 • Hillbilly Music for the Soul Quartet - Red Barn Art Festival
Sat10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Red Wing, MN
March 16, 2019 • St Patties Party- Uptown private duet w fiddler
Sat10:30 PM - 12:30 AM Minneapolis, MN
March 16, 2019 • St Patties Private Party - Uptown Area
Sat10:30 PM - 12:30 AM Minneapolis, MN
March 16, 2019 • St Patties Private Party - Uptown Area
Sat10:30 PM - 12:30 AM Minneapolis, MN
March 1, 2019 • Crown Royale Hotel - Bluegrass Association MN
Fri7:30 PM - 8:15 PM Plymouth, MN
February 23, 2019 • St. Francis American Legion Veterans Fundraiser
Sat9:30 PM - 12:30 AM Saint Francis, MN
February 5, 2019 • Republic Bar MSP Airport
Tue4:30 PM - 7:30 PM Saint Paul, MN
December 22, 2018 • Christmas Party
Sat2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Siren, WI

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