•Charleston City Paper Stage
Danielle Howle – that zany, veteran folkie based out of Columbia who used to front roots-rock band The Tantrums – opens the locals-only showcase at 2 p.m. Howle regularly performs as a solo singer-guitarist around the Southeast. Her songs can be witty and charming, extremely personal and emotional, and/or completely bizarre.
The singer/guitarist has recently been featured in music showcases at CMJ and South by Southwest. Over the last few years, she's opened for Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Gillian Welch, Edwin McCain, and Hays Carll, and has toured with Elliott Smith, Indigo Girls, Throwing Muses, and Ani DiFranco.
Last year, Howle recorded with Hootie & the Blowfish guitarist Mark Bryan and released an excellent collection of songs titled Thank You, Mark – her first disc in four years. She and Bryan were accompanied in the studio by musicians Sam Bush, Byron House, Tim Vaill, John Young (of Spottiswoode and His Enemies), Les Hall (of Howie Day), and Hootie frontman Darius Rucker. The result is a breezy mix of Americana, jazzy R&B, lounge/swing, and Southern pop.
"This is the record Danielle has always wanted to make," Bryan says. "We were in the studio for two and a half months and we had so much fun. Her palette is vast, and we explored every color."
"Howle is a powerful frontwoman whose vivid, slightly off-kilter musical stories weave a sweet sensibility and bare honesty into her work," says fest organizers. "Her solo performances are breathtaking; she's one of the few artists that can hold an audience spellbound whether she's backed by a band or alone performing an a cappella number." – T. Ballard Lesemann