James Howard has been fronting his own band for over 20 years and was internationally recognized when he won for “Best Blues Guitarist” in the 2011 “Six String Theory Global Guitar Contest”. In 2016 “The James Howard Band’ won the Washington Blues Society’s top honors advancing the band to represent the State in the Memphis Tennesee “International Blues Challenge” performances.
Howard has released five CDs. His sixth CD, “For the Love of Song” is in post production and the first single of the new record , an electric guitar instrumental version of the Eagles “Hotel California”, has been pre-released on Reverb Nation. Click below to hear the song.
Howard played his first professional gig at fifteen and has since honed his talent and developed his career as a blues, rock and acoustic guitarist, composer, vocalist, bandleader and recording session side man performing in concerts, clubs, festivals and recording studios from his native San Francisco, California to his current home in Seattle, Washington.
He grew up playing house parties with legendary bassist Cliff Burton and has opened for artists including Robin Trower, John Waite, UFO, Boston and Journey.
Over the years, Howard has garnered numerous fans with his dynamic, expressive playing, his thrilling, dexterous technical skill and his charismatic stage presence. His amazing versatility has attracted opportunities ranging from playing flamenco guitar, backed by a 25 piece orchestra at the prestigious Benaroya Hall in Seattle, to opening $20,000 seat concerts for national acts in his blues and rock bands. Known for being a cross between Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix with a little Eric Johnson thrown in for good sonic measure, Howard has delivered the goods to B.B. King’s Blues Club in Hollywood and to the Highway 99 Blues Club, in Seattle, where he played a regular, popular gig with his band for many years.
Howard’s eclectic musical tastes span blues, rock, jazz, Latin, acoustic folk and country. He also has a strong interest in mysticism and spirituality. One can hear all these influences hybridized in his music and lyrics, giving him his own unique, compelling sound and style.
Howard is dedicated to serving the community through his music by teaching guitar and playing as lead-guitarist in the house band at the Center for Spiritual Living, in Seattle.
Currently there is a GoFundMe campaign raising funds for the new record, “For the Love Of Song”
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