Visions is roots musician
Alice Howe’s debut
full-length release and the Boston
singer/songwriter/guitarist pays tribute to the
blues and folk sounds of the ’60s and ’70s.
Produced by Bonnie Raitt bassist Freebo, the
album features ten tracks, split between choice
covers and first-rate original songs that ably
represent both genres. Howe and Freedo are
joined by guitarist Fuzzbee Morse, keyboardist
John “J.T.” Thomas, and percussionist John Molo.
The opener, “Twilight,” is a beautiful, wistful
country-folk tune reflecting on coming to a
crossroads in life, and Taj Mahal’s “Lovin’ In
My Baby’s Eyes” gets an enjoyable, funky blues
treatment. The pensive “Still On My Mind” and
the gentle “What We Got Is Gold” are prime
examples of folk music, and Howe’s lovely vocals
are just wonderful on these two tracks. Howe’s
reading of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me”
is fantastic, the combination of Howe’s sweet
vocal, Thomas’ keyboards, Freebo’s bass, and a
smashing horn section is an irresistible mix.
Howe does a fine job on “Too Long At The Fair,”
a Joel Zoss tune that comes from one of Bonnie
Raitt’s early recordings, and Muddy Waters’
“Honey Bee” goes from Delta dust to Memphis
grease with Howe’s steamy interpretation.
“Getaway Car” stays in the same region, a
horn-fueled blues romp, and “You Just Never
Know” is an acoustic journey to Americana. The
disc concludes with a superb cover of Bob
Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright,” a
song Howe was seemingly born to cover.
A beautiful, timeless set of blues and folk
originals and standards, Alice Howe’s Visions is
a most impressive set that will satisfy any
--- Graham Clarke