Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight #9
January 2009 – Bobhowla
1. Million $ Man
2. Tiptoe (from CD 14 Track Demo)
4. A Question Of Time
(from CD It’s All In The Letter That Broke You Down)
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BOBHOWLA is essentially Howard Doupe a singer/songwriter from Southport – a ‘Sandgrounder’. He has released two EPs over last few years, and in 2007 released his first album’s worth of material entitled ’14 track demo’ which was 5 years in the making.
He has enjoyed successful collaborations with a number of musicians, yet the album’s genesis, foundation and raison d’être are moulded and influenced by Howard’s heartfelt determination to embrace the ‘honourable’ and ‘admirable’ art of songwriting.
Howard freely admits to sharing, with many others, the ubiquitous inspiration following his early experiences of both Nirvana and Oasis. Where he positively differs is in eschewing the overplayed anthem and bombast and relying on his inherent ability to convey his feelings via a collection of songs which have been allowed to simply ‘express themselves’.
’14 Track Demo’ can be bought from CD Baby and iTunes.
Bobhowla’s “compulsion” to create music which “comes from within” is majestically manifested via idioms ranging from blues – flecked alt-country, psychedelic folk to both heart rendering melancholic and uplifting swaggering indie guitar homage’s and point to influences from Ryan Adams, Jeff Klein, Kings of Convenience to Lowgold, Beck and Spiritualized.
Bobhowla aka Howard Doupe will be celebrating the launch of his new album entitled ‘ It’s all in the Letter That Broke you Down’ with a special gig in the intimate surroundings of The Latin Lounge, Southport Saturday 24th January.The night will feature a few special guests and support from local musician Dave Crompton. Doors open at 7.00pm. There will be limited numbers allowed in so be sure to get there early!
Thank you to Howard for offering his music for the show.
You can find out all about him at his MySpace profile, where you can find details about how you can get hold of his first CD, and where you can see him play live.
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The theme music is King of the Faeries by Andrew Ellis from his CD Midnight On The Water.
Graham Holland is the owner and editor of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and runs Liverpool Acoustic’s award-winning live music events with local musician Stuart Todd. In real life he’s a Web Development Officer, has been producing podcasts on a regular basis since July 2006, and runs a number of websites for other organisations. He lives in Wavertree with his husband and their cat Xiao Hei.