Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Most recent release, Swamp Sessions (2008)
Danielle Howle's official site
Has been compared by some writers to Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, and Kristin Hersh (with a helping of okra and grits). (westie)
Own, does very rarely performs a cover, such as a gospel tune a cappella she once closed a set with to showcase her vocal abilities.
Varies through career from edgy, stream of consciousness, subdued folk ("Soft White China Patterns on His Teeth") to rock ("Feel So Bad For You") to whimsical upbeat acoustic ("Frog Song"). Above all, a fine, charismatic, young, New South story teller. (westie)
Comments about live performance:
Live, Danielle Howle was a hoot. I don't think I've seen a performer so overflowing with personality since Victoria Williams. She played a much too short set, and I'm really eager to see her again. Basically, it was just her and guitar, singing almost country/folk stuff, though sometimes veering to the sort of acoustic indie rock sound. And always clever, amusing, and basically nuts. (neal)
Recommended first album:
1994—Simple Machines Records
Possibly still available through Simple Machines
Tara Jane O'Neill
Shows her charisma. (westie)
1996—Daemon Records; July 1995—Mill Records
Seems readily available in the U.S.
Recommended for contemporary folk fans
While she seemed personable and interesting—and most especially a good storyteller—in this disc, the musical style was not much to my taste. I would bet from this, though, that she'd be great live. (Neile)
1996—Simple Machines Records
Some availability in stores, otherwise order direct from Simple Machines
Recommended overview of several styles and flavorings of Howle and for those interested in current alternative pop and folk original songwriting.
Danielle Howle—guitar and vocals
Tara Jane O'Neil—drums, bass
Performs with her band, The Tantrums, broad range of emotional colors and musical styles from somber to energetic, showcases strong singing and an maturing poetic voice. (westie)
1997—Sub Pop Records
Available in the U.S. at places that carry indie releases
Interesting addition to Danielle's list of recordings; recommended.
Danielle Howle—vocals, guitars, keyboards
Members of The Grifters:
Performs with backing help from members of the Grifters and studio owner Easley in a Memphis recording session that came about because of the Grifters' having met her on tour, connecting her with Sub Pop to make this single. Continues on the trail she blazed with About To Burst; tends toward the edgy, raw yet melodic side, with her strong vocals well highlighted in this garage-alterna-folk style disk. More well-written songs for the Danielle Howle fan, a good, primitively produced, atmospheric couple of tracks whose moods will stick to you a while after hearing them (although the echo voice effects ending one song may tend toward cheesiness). (westie)
Readily available in the U.S.
Danielle Howle—vocals, guitars, harmonica
November 1997 full-length studio release with the Tantrums; ranges across pop, rock, and country modes; has a strong live sound; Howle's voice again in fine form. Demonstrates her unusual ability to mix pop music with unconventional poetry instead of standard lyric forms. Thoughtful lyrics in songs like "Sittin on a Big Front Porch" might be overlooked if one gets caught up in the rollicking bar band music, but the depth and imagery of these lyrics deserve a second lookover. (westie)
Thanks to westie for work on this entry.
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