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Howie Zow / Bio

"A fool never changes his mind" Howie Zow grew up in Syosset, Long Island next door to classical musicans who were his first music teachers. He moved to Woodstock, NY in the early seventies where he attended high school, and returned to Long Island to attend Five Towns College in Long Island at which time he also studied composition privately with Rudolph Schramm in Carnegie Hall.

Howie was a "no-wave" artist and his video 'Middle of the Road' was made via an impromtu camera shoot, from his 45 rpm made with his group Interlux. The video was shown extensively on early Manhattan Cable TV in the early 80' and is compared to early hip hop jazz.

Howie had accidentally had the opportunity to learn engineering at a certain studio in Manhattan where he self-produced two independent vinyl LPs in the 80s, the first, "The Brink of Exposure" which was described by Billboard's "top album picks' as "New York new wave art rock", employing extensive use of the Fairlight C.M.I. the first digitally sampled polyphonic synthesizer and other new inventions that may be laying around. The second, 'Prisoners of Desire' album (1985) is considered (by some) to be inspiration to Michael Jackson's "BAD" (1987)(see photo). This story involves a lot of detail.

Howie returned to guitar-oriented music when he pioneered the 'country punk' genre, starting with working with latin music producer Joe Cyr (producer of The Cyrcle etc) of Variety Studios. In 1986 he began performing his 'country punk' songs such as 'One More Second Chance' and 'Love is On the Rise" at various open mikes in Hollywood at first and afterwards he played many clubs and cafes in lower Manhattan in the 80's and 90's, further developing his repertoire and style with the benefit of regular performances at local venues such as Nightingale's (home to the Blues Travelers), Speakeasy, Eagle Tavern, St. Marks Bar and Grill and Downtown Beirut II. Zow came to Nashville in 1999 to play bass with "outlaw" country artist and Grand Ole Opry guitarist J.C.Crews, and where he founded and ran the 'Marivuana Hempalots Store and Café", Howie Zow has been in Nashville for 15 years, and continues to rock the free world with new supercool New York country pop songs such as 'You'll Be Sad' and 'Willies Bus Driver'. Most of these recordings are preliminary homemade recordings that are in development.
Ok can I have the beer nuts now?"

"It's Alright Now (I'm Only Bleeding)" and "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" Copyright music and lyrics reproduced by kind permission of Special Rider -- for original, exclusive performances by Bob Dylan, check-out the official channel at www.youtube.com/bobdylan

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Like the alien said, "I'm just beginning to feel human"

General Info

Band Members
Howie Zow - Vocals/acoustic guitar/pedal steel/bass/electric guitars
Artist Name
Howie Zow
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Pop / Americana

Contact Info

New York, NY

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