Burn It Down Bleedin' Heart
"Burn It Down Bleedin’ Heart by Jim Howell is the type of album that gives you a bit of nostalgia. It’s Americana folk but in a retro way. Howell’s vocals feel like a blast from the past. It’s familiar and warm-hearted. The music itself is warm hearty and mid tempo for the most part. The lyrics speak of change and hope in a way that feels like a reassuring friend or a heartwarming story of uncertainty that comes to a happy conclusion. The dark is always followed by the light and maybe we need more of that all around. This is a nice album to have in rotation. Links below to follow Howell and buy or stream the music!" -The Music Below June 2018
Raised from the caliche bound floor of the Sonoran Desert, Jim Howell draws from the duality of human life, hope in the sink of depression, light peering through evil, and achievement measured by lowered expectations. Burn It Down Bleedin' Heart is a mantra for the self and a call to others to join together. A plea to humbly brandish the heart that bleeds for humankind resist the bullies and burn down the establishment of hate, mistrust and self-service.
Burn It Down Bleedin' Heart releases digitally on June 8, 2018 worldwide. It will be available on most sites for download and streaming including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp, etc... A physical CD release should be available in the early fall.
Jim has released two previous efforts that were combined band and solo performances. On the latest album Jim holed up in his midtown Tucson recording studio and poured out the songs, performed and recorded all musical instruments and vocals himself during the first quarter of 2018. The process was both labor of love and an exorcism of the emotions of 2017 at once. It was a fast and furious experience with no time spent rethinking or second guessing ideas. With the sum of additional knowledge from earlier recording projects and the focus of isolated determination, this proves to be Jim's strongest songs and sound yet. For sure this collection of songs are at least the most sincere and true to his own voice.