HearYa Live Session 16: Howlin Rain

by Woody on April 22, 2008

Howlin Rain

When I was about 10 years old we used to sneak into my friend’s brother’s basement and leaf through his albums. They all seemed so cool and it smelled really funny down there. Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Zeppelin, and friends. That was my introduction to rock music. It also was my introduction to a couple of ass-kickings. He didn’t like us going through his shit.

Howlin Rain Live

No other band has brought me back to that basement like Howlin’ Rain. I caught them down in Austin but the sound and mix at the venue was nothing spectacular. Instead of hearing all of the five instruments comprising each tune, you were just able to hear one 5-instrument sound mashed together. It did get better as the set wore on but I was left wanting much more.

Howlin Rain Soundboard

Howlin Rain’s latest album, Magnificent Fiend, is one of my favorite albums this year and I’m a huge Ethan Miller fan, so I was really looking forward to this session. It took just the sound check to know this was going to be WAY different than the Spiderhouse Cafe in Austin. You could hear each note mixing with the other in the studio; not one overpowering the other. Each was spectacular in its own right, but combined they make some sweet and powerful rock n’ roll.

Grab your computer, head down to the basement, and listen to these three kick ass tunes.

Exclusive: Howlin Rain – Dancers at the End of Time

Exclusive: Howlin Rain – Calling Lightning Pt. II

Exclusive: Howlin Rain – Nomads

Read our review of Howlin Rain – Magnificent Fiend

Check out past live sessions and stay on the lookout for our upcoming sessions with Justin Townes Earle and Modern Skirts.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

oz April 22, 2008 at 8:58 am

Magnificent Fiend is a great album and these guys do sound great in the studio. I can smell the vinyl…

Is it just me or does Ethan resemble Jason Lee from My Name is Earl?

Drinking Buddy April 22, 2008 at 11:41 am

Nice digs, Shirk! Looking forward to seeing the new studio sometime soon.

Georgie June 4, 2008 at 1:35 am

The best of Cream and Zeppelin and gorgeous 70’s rock rolled into one…Nomads and Riverboat are gorgeous. Love it.

Johnston, THE FOLD, Glasgow, Scotland, UK June 18, 2008 at 3:39 am

I don’t know how things are in the US, but in the UK things are desperate. Thank God for Howlin’ Rain. Really looking forward to you coming back to Glasgow. Awesome session.

Tom August 11, 2008 at 5:08 am

Can’t wait till Nice N Sleazy Tuesday 13 August!!!!

Kurt August 25, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Seriously, thank you for bringing back visionary nusic, full of heart and soul. Can’t wait to future albums, and hope I can catch you guys live sometime!

Helmut February 16, 2009 at 12:45 pm

just discovered these guys through the Burg Herzberg Festivak webside, can’t wait to see them in Germany in summer

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