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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Ben Howard

Ben Howard
Amazon This is not the kind of on-message nicety we were expecting from Howard, whose gentle, finger-picked songs go hand in hand with a love of surfing and a (usually) laidback manner. But then, as we'll find out over several mid-afternoon whiskies in a hotel lobby, Howard does enjoy a good rant – especially when it comes to his critics.
Besides, it's not as if he's genuinely unhappy – how could he be with things going so well for him right now? Today, for instance, he found out he had sold out the Bowery Ballroom in New York. Yesterday he headed out to a studio with his Communion label gang to drink beer in the sun and record a cover of John Martyn's "Over the Hill". Later on he will play a gig at St David's Episcopal church in Austin that will have fans singing in the pews – a reaction that suggests the London-born singer-songwriter won't struggle to win a following in the US.

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