After 10 years of searching for representation, and 17 years of recording and promoting their music, “Stephen Foster & Howler” (Howler™) has signed agreements with Howard Covington management and Burbank-based SAG-AFTRA booking agent Spencer Aldridge. Included in the management team is well-known actor/author Jesse Barksdale, dealing with film/television/licensing. Foster’s “Indie Records” has welcomed Covington and Barksdale as part owners in the label, which specializes in retro Blues and Americana and is planning to include Mexican and South American Latin acts.
Howler™ includes slide master Jay Jernigan, Young monster drummer Evan Lane, new guitarist Christian White, and Bo Diddley bassist DelRay. Jernigan has been a fixture for 10 years, playing on all the 11 charted hits the band has produced in that time. Drummer Evan Lane was in the original Alabama Shakes startup group, and also plays extreme bass. Christian White is a prolific songwriter and speed demon, contrasting perfectly with Jernigans backwater power slide work. DelRay has been in several versions of Howler and played on half the hits.
Stephen Foster & Howler’s resume includes sharing the stage or studio
with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bonnie Bramlett, Ricky Nelson, The Cars, 5th Dimension, Percy Sledge N.MS Allstars, Jerry Lee Lewis and other stars. SH&Howler classic hits are “Mighty Field Of Vision Anthem” “Mad As Hell” ”Mama’s Goin Dancin’ (When The Train Comes Home)” “She’s Gone” “50 Feet From A Mango Tree” “Tied Up In The Blues” “Dixieland” “Truckin’ Man” “SEX!” “Medicine Man” “Shake Your Boogie-Woogie” and “Changing Times.”
Raised in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, working on a farm as a kid, cutting his musical teeth behind chicken wire and whiskey glasses, Stephen Foster has been Tied Up In The Blues for most of his life. In the Summer of ‘69, 19 years old, he went to LA to audition for the New Folk. Came back home that Fall and went to work playing in Percy Sledge’s studio section. Wrote for Percy & Lynyrd Skynyrd, played in rock bands, endured the studio system, signed to labels, finally went Indie in ‘79, starting Whitehorse Records, which immediately had a hit with “For The Love Of A Girl” which charted in Cashbox and made “Cashbox Pick Of The Week” in June of ’79.
Since then, he has recorded and written Blues and Southern songs, and played in every kind of roadhouse, concert stage and bar imaginable, from Californiato Michigan to SW Florida.
Howler came into being in 2000, immediately releasing the hit “Mighty Field of Vision Anthem” followed by AMA Top-40 album “Howl At The Blues” in ‘07.
CMA nominations followed for ‘10 album “Howl At The Moon.” “Tied Up” in ‘13 and “Mango Tree” in ‘14 charted globally. Their latest release is “Boogie-Woogie & Blues” currently on the Americana Charts for 21 consecutive weeks.
Foster is an example of someone who never ever gives up, never gives in. As a child, he survived scarlet fever and a broken tailbone, prostatitis and epilepsy, got hooked on barbiturates prescribed for the epilepsy. Almost died on the table in a private clinic in 1981 kicking the barbs cold turkey. Wrecked a Jaguar XKE convertible upside down in a creek in 1978, breaking his neck, back, and his hips into 5 pieces. Learned to walk again. In 1986 he fell into a shower stall and severed his left hand, which was reattached and still is mostly numb, although he now plays keys and guitars professionally.
Once considered one of the rising stars of Southern music (turned down a permanent position on Hee-Haw because he didn’t consider himself a “Country” artist) and signed with major labels, he eventually went Indie and never has looked back.
Part owner of IDNMusic.com, the world’s first and largest Indie music promotional platform and the first to stream audio on the net, the folks at IDNMusic coined the term “Bust the Majors.” He contributed heavily to the formulation of CDBaby (Derek Sivers was also on the board of directors with him at IDNMusic.) He has continually worked to create new income stream avenues for Indie musicians.
Now owner of Cathead Blues Radio Promotion and Indie Records™ in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, he tours with Howler™ and continues to promote great Indie music to great Indie radio stations worldwide.
Howler™ tours nationally and records on a regular basis at Foster’s Howler Recording Studio in Alabama.
Michael Anthony Whitesell “The Ranch Where I Was Raised”
Michael Anthony Whitesell
“The Ranch Where I Was Raised”
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Michael Anthony Whitesell was raised on the largest and oldest boys ranch in America north of Amarillo, Texas. He learned to ranch and punch cows, how to ride and shoot, and the value of hard work. “The Ranch Where I Was Raised” is all about that wonderful place for forgotten kids. His songs bring a touch of reality in a world besotted with false images. “The Ranch Where I Was Raised” is another example of that value system.
Summer is here, with lots of rain throughout the South! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for playing Indie Music!! Things are looking up for us Indies, more avenues to connect directly with world audiences, and Y’all started it all, by playing Indie music all over the world. Thank you, thank you! To you new stations that came on board this week, thanks for listening, it’s growing every week.
It’s been an amazing 5 years now, and I’ve made a lot of friends and heard some wonderful Indie music. Here’s wishing the best to all you DJs/PDs/Radio people who help aspiring Indie artists get their music heard.
Fresh releases this week. Thanks for checking out these great artists, they’re all playing out worldwide.
Stephen Foster & Howler “SHAKE YOUR BOOGIE-WOOGIE” GENRE: AMERICANA/ROOTS
ADD DATE: JULY 31st
TWO ALBUMS ON THE AMERICANA CHARTS NOW!
Iconic group Stephen Foster & Howler release their 8th album “Boogie-Woogie & Blues” which includes new tracks “Shake Your Boogie-Woogie”, “Medicine Man Live”, Boogie-Woogie All Across The USA”, “Mexican Bird” and more, plus some older tracks which played out internationally and charted, but were never part of an album release, like “SEX!” and “Tied Up In The Blues” which stayed on the Top-40 N1M Charts for 3-1/2 years.
SF&Howler is known for their hits “Mad As Hell”, “Mama’s Goin’ Dancin’ When The Train Comes Home” and “Cathead Blues” among others, and this 14-song album is a return to their Little Feat/Allman Southern roots, adding some Great Depression chants and Prison work song nods.
Based out of Muscle Shoals, Sweet Home, Alabama, the 4-piece group tours constantly, and is now working their way onto festival and concert stages.
Stephen Foster & Howler “Beautiful Dream” GENRE: AMERICANA/ROOTS
ADD DATE: JUNE 1
The new album “DAG” is in the mail (really) to U.S. stations, and our overseas friends can download hi-rez files here. Thanks so much for getting our Southern music out to the world.
We’ve rarely done other people’s songs, but Norwegian writer Dag King’s songs were aching to be recorded, and “DAG” evolved naturally into its own space.
“Beautiful Dream” is the first single released off the album, which was recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
This is a step beyond SF&Howler’s “Mad As Hell” “Cathead Blues” and other Blues from the ’07 charted album “Howl At The Blues”, but we still keep our sound and energy. We tried to be faithful to the original demos which Dag had collected. Our many thanks to Dag for all.
You can get singles or a zipped-up album, mp3 or .WAV at the download site.
Brad Miller is a down-home singer-songwriter from the Carolinas. This is his first release off the album “One Vision Club”, a song written by Mickey James, Kelly Delaney, and Eric Thorsen for Sharon Spivey Songs
Deadly serious Country with a heavy backbeat. Jack Michael is a young Florida artist with a great new album “Red White & Blue”. “Put A Little Stank On It” is his new release. Jack continues to tour and play fests and concerts.
HERE’S THE NEW CUT “BOOGIE-WOOGIE ACROSS THE USA”
Following “Medicine Man” our internationally acclaimed throwback NOLA groove, this is uptempo “Boogie-Woogie My Way All Across The USA” from the new album “Boogie-Woogie & Blues” slated for release this Spring. “BWUSA’ features Howler’s new bass player J.R. Byrd (ex-Jerry Lee Lewis 10-year road warrior) with his patented melodic walks. As usual, Steve’s on piano and Jay’s doing his slide thing, almost a Hawaiian steel lead, with James Counts on the kit, dead-eye he is! THANKS JAMES! Expect more Boogie-Woogie from SF&H.
HERE’S THE NEW LIVE CUT OF “MEDICINE MAN”
After a year’s hiatus, SF&H release “Medicine Man” a throwback NOLA groove, the leadoff track on the new album “Boogie-Woogie & Blues” slated for release this Spring. “Medicine Man’ features Howler’s new bass player J.R. Byrd, ex-Jerry Lee Lewis road warrior.
Charlie Wood and his buds are all about music that stirs the soul. Hard to pigeonhole this music. Suffice it to say it’s a good listen. A collection of great players helped on the album, most of them Nashville and Muscle Shoals session players and all old friends of Charlie.
Cole Washburn has burst onto the Americana scene in the last two years, with charted single “Timberline” following the globally acclaimed “Anastasia”. Now comes “Turnin’ of The Tide” an intensely personal song, a story of the War Between The States.