* * * English snipe hunters beware. The cure for "Liverpool madness" is in dwindling supplies due to last summer's rain shortage.. . ..* * * While on his way to his first private composition lesson at Carnegie Hall, Howie Zow was just a couple blocks away when he asked a police officer how to get there, and the cop told him to "practice".
New York country-punk artist and ASCAP award winning songwriter Howie Zow (Howard Lloyd Leinoff) is one of Rudolph Schramm's last students, (see Waddy Watchel) and Howie is one of the very few people around who know the entire system of music composition as developed and taught by Schramm, former head of NYU Music Studies department and chief of staff of the NBC Orchestra, and best known proponent of the older 'Joseph Schillinger system' as taught at the Berklee School of Music. Many of Howie's songs are examples of Schramm's theories, with respect to their melodic construction, symmetry and universal appeal.
MAESTROS OF SYOSSET
Howie Zow grew up in Syosset, Long Island next door to 2 maestros, who were his first music teachers.(Russell and Ilse Bliss) Howie traded his Beatle-Vox guitar and amp for a sabbatical in Woodstock, NY while still in high school. His exposure to blues, folk and jazz led him to his realization of the unity in all expressions, and the interconnectedness of all events. He attended Five Towns College in Long Island at which time he also studied composition privately with Rudolph Schramm in Carnegie Hall.
The video "The Middle of the Road" (see "All Videos") featuring Howie Zow on lead vocal was shown on Manhattan Cable TV many times in the early 80's and some consider this to be an early influence on hip hop and jazzy hip hop.
His first self-produced independent vinyl LP "The Brink of Exposure" was listed in Billboard's 'Top Album Picks' and was described as "New York new wave art rock". Howie's "urban and black leather" themed 2nd LP "Prisoner of Desire" came out in 1985 about the same time as Michael Jackson's 'Bad', and coincidentally Howie Zow got to show his album to Michael Jackson at a video shoot in Times Square.
Howie's early alt/country/americana influence in the mid 80's came about when working with latin music producer Joe Cyr (producer of The Cyrcle) 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 later 80's and 90's, bringing 'country punk' (pre alt-country/americana) to New York, with regular performances at 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.Cruze.
While in Nashville, between 2000 and 2006 he founded and ran the infamous and locally popular 'Marivuana Hempalots Store and Café", Howie Zow has been in Nashville for 15 years, and has gone a long way into developing the "NashHattan" sound.
Ok can I have the beer nuts now?"