Dan Howls debut album ‘A Dime a Dozen’ out now; new single ‘Mary Lou’
Dan Howls is an appropriate name for an artist with such a bellowing roar. Big, gritty and acidic, it is a voice that belongs to the blues… a human being merely wields it. Tried and tested through years of live performance, Dan has finally unveiled his stunning debut album, A Dime a Dozen.
Relentlessly steaming forward like a stolen train, Mary Lou is Dan Howls at his foot-stomping best. Needing nothing more than a guitar and a tambourine around it, his voice drives a grim narrative of death and dirty deeds, accompanied beautifully by the bittersweet vocals of Julia Weller. A long-time friend and collaborator, Weller is part of Dan Howls’ road-hungry live band, which features the formidable backing of drummer Josh Cutler, bassist Callum Adcock
and organist/saxophonist Ben Power.
Producer James Newhouse has perfectly encapsulated the true essence of Dan Howls on A Dime a Dozen – from his demonic rasp to his devilish charm. Keeping things raw and honest, Newhouse unlocks and hones the essential truth in each song, allowing each instrument to meld into a powerful conglomerate of sound. Worshipping more at the altar of a bygone era than modern convention, A Dime a Dozen wades the traditions of blues through a thick tar pit of despair and misery, coming out the other side heavier, darker and more sodden… a beautiful place for blues to be.
Universally understandable, Dan Howls’ sound is a passport to anywhere in the world. With his band, he is eager to tour anywhere and everywhere, starting with his own backyard. Soon to embark on a regional tour of Western Australia, kicking off with an appearance at the Wave Rock Weekender, the band’s focus will be on building a national tour of Australia, taking their bare knuckle brand of blues to music lovers in every corner of the country.