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John Howie Jr and the Rosewood Bluff / Press

“If you are a new fan, you are in store for a variety of tracks like you are not hearing elsewhere. John and his band have mixed up a high-lonesome, country-rockin’ cocktail that will quench your musical thirst. If you are already a believer in John’s music, two words: NEXT. LEVEL.”

“(Top 10 Albums of 2011) #10 John Howie Jr and the Rosewood Bluff- Leavin' Yesterday. This is just simply a great Country record from the ex- Two Dollar Pistol front man. The new band is unreal and the songs all get stuck in my head! Hard to believe that this is only #10. Key Tracks "I'm So Happy I Could Cry" and "Watch me Fall"”

“The Carolinas' Top 25 Albums of 2011: 15. John Howie, Jr. & The Rosewood Bluff — Leavin’ Yesterday (Hands Up) As fine a country-rock LP as Mr. Howie has ever put to tape, like George Jones fronting Sweeheart-era Byrds.”

“12. John Howie, Jr. & the Rosewood Bluff — Leavin’ Yesterday (25 Best Albums of the Carolinas 2011) On what’s John Howie, Jr.’s best record yet, he invokes his punk roots and ups the tempo considerably for a record that would have made Eddy Arnold and Billy Joe Shaver proud.”

“Husky baritone and country twang still intact, Howie's latest, Leavin' Yesterday, shows how it should be done, country-style. Howie channels (Dwight) Yoakam's whine in a Dave Dudley baritone with a George Jones attitude.”

“From the country rock of "Trying Not To Think", the honky tonk of "Back To Basics", the rocking 12 string and Bo Diddleyish beat on "Leavin Yesterday" to the countrypoliton "Dead Man's Suit" John Howie Jr and the Rosewood Bluff prove that there really is not any reason to lament the sad state of contemporary country radio. Do yourself a favor: turn off that radio and pick up a copy of Leavin' Yesterday. More country than alt, Howie's written and recorded another classic country keeper. Highly recommended! And another top ten disc of 2011 slot is taken.”

“There is no doubt whatsoever that John Howie Jr. is a songwriter, singer, and performer in the best tradition of genuine Country music. Following in the footsteps of people like Hank William, Sr. Floyd Tillman, Merle Haggard, George Jones, and George Strait. “Leavin’ Yesterday” is clearly inspired by traditional Country music and Honkytonk, yet indubitably bears John Howie, Jr.’s own stamp. John Howie draws from a number of influences, and is not limited to any particular one. ‘Leavin’ Yesterday” is not to be missed by anyone who appreciates Country music, Honkytonk, or any underground music with genuine roots and contemporary expression.”

“This is also a stellar collection of songs, which gives Howie Jr. plenty of lyrical goodness to vocalize. Two Dollar Pistols was a band mostly admired by fans of the alt.country subgenre, which is a real shame. John Howie Jr. is too good for such mistreatment, and Leavin’ Yesterday easily earns the singer/songwriter a second chance at fame. There are so many excellent songs on this disc, and Howie Jr. has the naturally straight ahead voice to give them vocal justice. With his post-Two Dollar Pistol band, John Howie Jr. is still shooting straight.”

“Leavin Yesterday is rife with solid country music like the kind they used to make before things got all pretty and corny. There’s little doubt Howie has a voice made for singing country music, its rich in timbre and burns rustic and warm on the honky-tonk numbers. He can sing deep and guttural yet turn on a dime to sing in a soft crooning style. The real charmer here is “I Found Somebody New,” a heartbreaker of a tune that oozes bittersweet emotions and boasts incredible strings by The Lindsay Avenue Strings. Simply put, the song is a homerun, a signature sound showcasing Howie as the genuine article. What you hear is what you get. Howie plays earnest songs from the heart and the gut and the proof is the thirteen tracks of Leavin Yesterday.”

“(Along with) Howie's baritone, his well-digested synthesis of influences and the still-strong knack for the just-right lyrical phrase to jerk a tear from the driest eye,(pedal steel guitarist Nathan) Golub's melodic foundation leads this new band — almost immediately — to the same high level that the Pistols spent a decade working toward. The Two Dollar Pistols might be dearly departed, but the Rosewood Bluff suggests that Howie's best years might still be ahead of him.”

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