June 2013
James Howard Music

Can you feel the energy of summer just around the corner? We look forward to spending some quality time with you all - whether it's heading out into the open road for the 2-day 542 Music Festival in Bellingham with Tayla Lynn, (grand-daughter to country music legend Loretta Lynn) or kicking back at the lake house on the Fourth of July... We have some good times and blue skies up ahead!
Video Take 5

 2nd Annual Fourth of July
Celebration on Lake Serene!


Oh, you know what time it is! Are you ready for our 2nd Annual 4th of July Celebration? We are bringing it back live and by popular demand, yes, friends, your prayers have been answered and wishes do come true; its on! So be here or be sad when your friends tell you how awesome it was! Here's the skinny:
It's going to be "potluck" so bring your favorite dish and beverage or perhaps a delightful snack. We'd like to get an accurate head count, so please ASAP email Tonja at Tonja@JamesHowardMusic.com to let us know what you are bringing. We are asking that you RSVP right away, so stop reading and start emailing!

This year, we'd like to shoot an acoustic video during a sunset sail with a few of you on our floating dock and ask that everyone bring a floating candle to add to the lake at the time of the shoot.


Bring your favorite beach towel, blanket or soccer chairs to hang comfortably for the day. Last year Debbie Sztain brought Kayaks, (there is also a boat launch by the fire station) we have a hot tub and plenty of lawn space for games. We'll fire up the gas grill, and have a bonfire at night.


This is what we will need to get this party started, so please sign-up to allow us to borrow these items when you email:


Here is what we be a needin'



click here!




* Prior to party: - Pressure washer and volunteer to help us a couple days before the party.

*2 extra garbage cans & 2 recycle containers.

*White Christmas lights, rope lights or other outdoor lighting to line the driveway, illuminate the walkways, decks & patios for safety, and so the band can see on stage after sunset. (We are covering an acre of property.)

*5 - 10x10' tents (at the minimum) to cover food/drink tables, and band(s), and to provide covered areas outside from sun and other fantastic Pacific Northwest weather.

*2 - 8x10' tables and 1 smaller beverage table.

* Napkins, disposable plates, cups & cutlery.

* Cost of clean up for carpets, yard & trash removal.


* We would like to be able to pay the musicians and rent a PA like last year, your love donation will help make this happen!



* Not necessary,

but sure would be nice:

o Small riser stage for the band(s).

o Motor to transform our dock into a floating dock!

o 4 standing heaters (2 for deck & 2 for patio at lakefront).



June 23rd, Sunday

Semi-finals for the International Blues Challenge

H20, Anacortes


James has been writing songs and recording demos for his fourth CD, an all blues album titled, "Into The Open Road". We are looking forward to sharing the new material with the Blues Community and introducing a brand new band; Tommy Wall - bass, Woody Robinson - drums, Mitch Pumpian - harp, & Bob Baum - keys. Winners go onto Memphis, TN and play in the legendary Beale Street world wide event. An evening to remember with the moon at it's fullest all year, we've scheduled a photo shoot to commemorate our journey! Come out and wish us luck!


July 7th, Sunday

James Howard plays w/ Tayla Lynn

Bakes Place, Bellevue


Tayla Lynn is a  southern girl who grew up in the heart of Tennessee, and her country  bloodlines are undeniable. Her grandmother is country-music legend, Loretta Lynn, and her father, Ernie, sang and played guitar in Loretta Lynn's band. James Howard - guitar/vox, Eric Tingstad - guitar, James Clark - bass, Chris Layton - drums. 


July 13th, Friday - Day Two

James Howard plays w/ Tayla Lynn

542 Music Festival, Bellingham


The East 542 Music Festival will be the concert of the year! 2 Days and 2 Nights of with world-class music, reserved seating, camping, BBQ, beer gardens, and much more. Boston, Journey and more!!




December 31st, Tuesday

James Howard Blues Band plays New Years Eve

Front Street Grill, Coupeville


Want to plan a special way to ring in the New Year? Come join us at the Front Street Grill on beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington overlooking Penn Cove. Located just three doors down from the historic Coupeville Wharf, their Dining Room and Bar offer amazing views of Penn Cove and Mt. Baker. They offer a classic American Grill experience, Gluten-Free Options along with a full bar and Bergevin wines on the list. Show details coming soon! info@fsgcoupeville.com.




James Howard recording with Devlan James Band in Georgetown, Seattle.
"Dennis, Andrew, Scotty, David and I had a great time tracking live together at Earwig Studio in Georgetown with Don Farwell engineering. With Dennis at the helm bringing his Nashville studio experience and his gift for songwriting and arranging we musicians were free to do what we do best. The three days of recording at Earwig brought us 8 songs closer to a new Devlan James Album. We have all been really enjoying the sessions, hanging out with each-other and making magic in the studio. We are looking forward to the up-coming release."
The James Howard Music Family,

Tonja, James & Chett