CrXSS COUNTRY REVIEW
Frank D (Old Lucky) Howe. Some Thoughts I Have Had – Vol 1
Frank D Howe is a singer / songwriter who has penned all the tracks on this album.This is nicely presented and scores with me on performance and songwriting ability. Frrank has a good country voice and combines this with lively lyrics that have you tapping your feet. I enjoyed the songs Old Festival Memories, He’s Got A Way With Women and Angel Say You’re Gonna Stay but my overall favourite was the duet with Henry Smith called Drinkin’ Lyin’ Down.
Album Reviews… by Daniel Shutt, COUNTRY BULLETIN 22nd Editions
Frank D. Howe “Some Thoughts I Have Had” Vol. 1
Frank Howe is perhaps best known to some readers for his work as a Country Music journalist in the Anglia region. Now aged 67, Frank has moved in a different direction to produce this fantastic new eleven track, self-penned collection of songs. This new album produced by Frank is filled with originality and innovation. The listener can’t help but realise this is an album inspired not by commercial gain but by the true love of country music. The tracks combine humour, sentimentality and life-experience to tell truly unique stories.
The album kicks off with ‘Snugga-Luggin’, one of two tracks co-written by Kerry Lambert. The up-tempo Nashville style is essentially classic country, but with a modern twist, and sets the pace for the rest of the album to follow.
The next song ‘Drinkin’ Lyin’ Down’ features award winning British Country Music artist Henry Smith, and takes a humorous approach to drinking, by which Frank describes it “a poor mans Five O’Clock Somewhere, perhaps”.
‘Old Festival Memories’ will no doubt prove popular with many Country Music fans, who have attended music festivals down through the years. This is a sentimental number using music festivals (of any genre) to explore the passage of time.The album benefits from first class production, put together on both sides of the Atlantic in England and Nashville. This is particularly evident on ‘Angel Say You’re Gonna Stay’ which features sensational harmonies between the pedal steel guitar and the mandolin.
The final track on the album, ‘Sippin’ Cold Tea’ is the longest track on the album at 6:37 minutes, and seems to be the most personal to Frank, telling his own story of growing up in post-World War II Norfolk. The style here has shades of Johnny Cash. All in all, this is a great first production from Frank D. Howe, and deserves every success. It is available to buy on CDBaby.com in physical copy or as a digital download.