Ottawa Singer~Songwriter Howie Hooper is releasing his debut album. Driving and soul-wrenching country stylings combined with warm blues overtones. " The Art of Procrastination " a twelve song full length recording produced by Keith Glass, will be available January 27th.
" As I sat down watching the cream swirl in the blackness of my coffee cup, the deep voice of Howie Hooper began a country music serenade. He listens to Cash and Haggard and Kristofferson and looks like he should be running cattle somewhere down on a Texas ranch. Nothing is overdone and manufactured here. This is stripped down country. Pour your heart out into a glass to mix with your beer kind of country. Hooper sang songs that sounded like they were coming from a man who can actually can wear the lyrics like an old shirt, all comfortable like, where even the stains have a story or two to tell" Andre Gangne, Ottawa Life Magazine
Howies' musical path started at age 13, with stealing his brothers guitar at every opportunity. He quickly progressed to playing bass in his friends fathers band, which led to more opportunities till full time playing and a day job took their toll. When he awoke after a 25 year Rip Van Winkle like musical nap, Howie began to hone his craft of songwriting. Today he is active in Ottawa's music community, performing, supporting others, and continuing a three decades long tradition of sharing songwriting knowledge, as chair of Writers' Block.