Howie Zow / Bio

"Time is a river sweeping away all that is born towards the darkest shore" from 'The Map of Time' (Félix J. Palma 2008)

"I am also very similar to myself" HZ

Howie Zow is a Nashville based guitarist/drummer and singer-songwriter from Syosset, Long Island and New York City. He learned a few things on the guitar (like how to play like a pro) from his best friend in high school Jimmy Sarle, who later played guitar with Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge (Jimmy where’d you go?). As a high school student, Howie first performed publicly as a guitar player in Woodstock, New York. He was also allowed to warm up the piano at the famous Joyous Lake; but most notably, Howie once got to exchange a few blues licks with the late Mike Bloomfield. Howie was in the inaugural class of Five Towns College in Long Island, and also studied composition privately with Rudolf Schramm, (NYU, U.S. Dept. of Education, NBC Orchestra) at Carnegie Hall.

Howie performed original music in pubs and clubs in the Village of Manhattan (Nightingales, Speakeasy, Ludlow St. Café). It was there Zow pioneered the new genres known by such names as "country punk", later referred to as "alternative country" and "Americana" by the larger culture, not to mention the 1980 jazzy pre-hip-hop video “Middle of the Road” (see video). His first two vinyl albums he released were Brink of Exposure and Prisoner of Desire.

Howie’s debut lp was extremely arty and was reviewed in the April ’83 Billboard Top Album Picks First Time Around, which describes Howie Zow and his album Brink of Exposure as “New York New Wave Art Rock” and also “no wave”. This was largely because of the Fairlight C.M.I. polyphonic synthesizer and other high tech equipment that was lying around back in the day at his friends’ studio, that he utilized. Inasmuch what a strange beginning that may have been, Howie has always been an independent solo artist and has never been part of the music business. Howie has written over 200 compositions and songs, many of which has been recorded at his home studio in Nashville. Howie writes songs in every genre, and has just recorded a new country song: Double Dude Ranch (Me and My Mem’ries). Also, he has just completed a full length CD album of 12 original songs named Walking Back in Time, which is also the title track. His previous LP to that is I Won’t Let It Bring Me Down.

Howie is booking shows in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and elsewhere. For info/inquiries on bookings, CDs, etc. contact:

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