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Dana Stewart & The Old Howards

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About The Old Howards:
  In August of 2003, Dana Stewart, Matt Murphy, Jeff Herring, and Johnny Carlevale formed The Old Howards.  Since then they have been taking New England's music scene by storm.
  The Old Howards are a raw authentic rockabilly racket from Boston, Massachusetts.  Although having a great similarity to Dana Stewart's Racketeers, The Old Howards have captured an aggressive yet original authentic rockabilly sound that is all their own.
  Each member of The Old Howards adds their own original style to the band.  Dana Stewart fronts the band with his raw yet smooth vocal style.  Matt Murphy adds intense slap bass along with, Jeff Herring's rippin' guitar solos, and Johnny Carlevale's throttling rhythm guitar.
  The Old Howards first gig was at The Plough And Stars in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Sunday, August 3, 2003, and since then they have shared the stage with ex High Noon guitarist, Sean Mencher of The Sean Mencher Combo, North Carolina rockers Southern Culture On The Skids, and legendary surf guitarist Dick Dale.
  On Saturday, July 17, 2004, The Old Howards played Jake's Bar & Grille's 5th Anniversary Bash and one of Rhode Island's premier guitarists, Dennis Kelly, joined them for their close-out set.  The night featured some of New England's top bands.
  You can easily catch each member of The Old Howards in other roots based projects.  Dana Stewart plays drums with The Stumbleweeds who are a female lead hanky tonk band featuring Jack Hanlon on up-right bass, Dennis Kelly on lead guitar, and Lynette Lenker on lead vocals and rhythm guitar.  Matt Murphy will occassionaly tour with The Kings Of Nuthin' and Jeff Herring currently plays pickin' lead guitar in an up and coming band called The Two Timin' Three who capture the untamed fire and energy of wild rockabilly rhythms blended with soulful honky tonk, hot jazz, jumpin' blues, and western swing featuring Shane Kiel of The Sean mencher Combo and Eric Laufer formerly of Eric & The O-Matics.  Johnny Carlevale started an R&B racket called The Broken Rhythm Boys.  This is a quintet with former O-Matics guitarist Dave Paul, former Skavoovie & The Epitones sax player Ben Jaffe, up-right bassist Mike Fasulo, and drummer Adam Furman.
















How did The Old Howards get their name?
  The Old Howards the name is derrived from The Old Howard theatre that used to be in old Scollay Square, Boston, Massachusetts.  The Old Howard began as a temple for a sect of people who gave up all their possessions because they beleived the world would come to an end in April, 1844.  When that didn't happen, the church members sold the property to Messers, Boyd, and Beard who opened the building as a theatre in 1845.  The Old Howard was eventually closed down in 1953.
















Who are The Old Howards?
Dana Stewart - lead vocals/drums
Matt Murphy - stand-up bass
Jeff Herring - lead guitar/vocals
Johnny Carlevale - rhythm guitar/vocals