Jeff Howell
First Time
2011


Current


Foghat
1988/90-91



The Outlaws
1993-96

Feinstein
2004



Savoy Brown
1986/1991



 

Jeff Howell began his bass playing career as a teenager in upstate New York. He played in several bands throughout his teen years and in the 80's, progressed to the Binghamton, NY based band, Acts.  This was a very polished professional band that toured the entire east coast and consistently packed every venue played.  They also recorded an album, "Fear of Swimming", on which Jeff wrote and co-wrote songs.  Jeff considers Acts his college band, because it really honed his stage and playing charisma. 

Over the years, Jeff managed to excel to bands of notoriety. When Jeff left Acts, he hooked up with Kim Simmonds, AKA, Savoy Brown. At this time (1986), Kim was playing with some very good hard rock musicians under the heading "KSB". The band was doomed before Jeff joined. No one in particular's fault, generally, everyone was disinterested. Nevertheless, Jeff managed as always, to find degrees of enjoyment in it. Parting ways, Jeff ventured to the state of Vermont. There, he started a band called, The Law. For about a year and a half, he played every major and non-major club and piss hole from Brattleboro to Nova Scotia to Newfoundland. It was a good band, but Jeff grew tired of the grind and returned to New York.

Soon after returning home, Jeff's agent called to say that Foghat needed a bass player. So, off to Boston he ventured in a van with no heat (Dec. 87). Long story short, Jeff beat out approximately 30 other musicians and got the gig with his preparedness, incentive and exceptional abilities. This is where Jeff met his mate, Roger Earl, "a real class act", states Jeff. "Roger and I got along very well. Every show was euphoric." Jeff toured every state several times with Foghat, including Alaska and Hawaii. "I headlined so many shows I can't remember, but I have video tapes for souvenirs." While with Foghat he recorded an album that was never released. Once again, all good things come to an end, but not before, Jeff fell in love with his wife and the town, while playing the showroom at Harrah's Casino, in South Lake Tahoe, NV (1990).
Shortly after leaving Foghat, Jeff coincidentally rejoined Savoy Brown and left on a European tour. "It was incredible", commented Jeff. "When we got back from Europe, we left for Hawaii and then a mainland tour.  It was a lot of fun, but it too ended." It was then that Jeff moved to Lake Tahoe. "One day while soaking up the sun (the sun shines just about every day there), Roger called and asked Jeff to come back to Foghat. Jeff rejoined Foghat for an Alaskan continental tour. During the tour, he played with Carlos Santana in Salt Lake City, UT in front of 80,000 people. "You'd have to see it to believe it."
A
s time marched on in Tahoe, Mickey Mulcahy, (Foghat's former tour manager and at the time, The Outlaw's current tour manager), called to see if Jeff was interested in playing for The Outlaws.   Off to Florida Jeff embarked. Two days of rehearsal and out on tour he went.  "The next thing I knew, three years went by"
While playing with The Outlaws, Jeff recorded three albums. The Outlaws disbanded in 1996, so Jeff occupied himself working as a studio musician at Muscadine Studio in Macon, Georgia, where he then resided.

In 1996, Jeff returned to New York with his family until his kids finished school. In the process, put his professional career on the back burner. He pacified his desire to play by putting together quality club bands, and recording on other artists' projects. One of which being David "Rock" Feinstein, (Elf (Ronnie James Dio) and The Rods), playing the Wacken Festival (pronounced Vawkin), in Hamburg, Germany.

The latter portion of 2009 and majority of 2010, Jeff recorded Foghat's blues cd Last Train Home, and toured throughout the United States and Canada.   Check out the Foghat page for more details.

Jeff continues to play with the same enthusiasm he had decades ago and looks forward to the next chapter of his musical career. Mainly Jeff has stayed true to his passion by writing and recording his own ideas and has compiled an innovative colleciton of songs.  Hence, his newest compilation, First Time .

 

Jeff also gives bass instruction at various establishments in the Southern Tier of New York.  Hickey's Music and McNeal's Music in Ithaca, NY and Studio on the Square, Hanover Square, Horseheads, NY.  Shoot him an email if interested in taking lessons, or having him instruct at your establishment.   




Jeff Howell
2011
LoveBone
Current


Foghat
1988/90-91-Current
The Outlaws
1993-96
Savoy Brown
1986/1991
Feinstein
2004

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