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“Back to Plan A - RECORD REVIEW ..You can envision yourself going back into time with his peaceful, Tom-Petty-like guitar riffs and soulful Neil Young vocals, Howlin’ Alan refers to his original creations as “Country Rock Americana Pop” (acronym not indicative). Those who might chuckle about this have to realize his sound is nowhere near C.R.A.P. Alan submerged himself in 60’s and 70’s classic rock, but his sound incorporates many genres including country, blues, and folk. “One Man’s Misery” shows off Alan's union of country and blues. This ballad expresses the anguish, heartbreak, sadness, and pain of a man, through Alan's harmonica and blues guitar riffs. “Tom Petty (and the Highway)” delivers a remarkable tribute to the song's namesake. It follows a songwriter in search of a better life for himself and his girl. So he heads to Nashville, but gets lost along the way with his Tom Petty mix tape. Lyrically, the song interestingly incorporates a number of Petty's own”
“Howlin' Alan plays some very cool music. He is a very talented musician and songwriter. His style is very Roots Rock Americana driven. His vocals are an easy listen and his lyrics easily carry each song. Listening to "Back to Plan A" , I get the feeling I'm cruising in my old Buick GS with the windows down and tunes blaring from my stereo. The CD has an old familiar feeling to it even during the first listen. Favorite cuts are Pretty on the Outside, Tom Petty, Everything, Not For Her and Which Side of the Road. All of these songs have a very cool vibe. Alan did a fine job of recording this CD. The production and mixing of these songs is right up there with the stuff coming off the row! For a debut CD, this ROCKS! I can honestly say that for an Indie project, it rates right up there with some of the major label stuff. You should own this CD today. I dug it and it will be in my rotation quite awhile. Hopefully, Indie stations will pick it up. The listeners will love it and so will you!”