Barna Howard - Quite A Feelin'
  • KEXP GREG VANDY’S 2015 TOP TEN – #1
  • BBC RADIO KENT SEAN ROWLEY’S TOP 20 ALBUMS OF 2015 – #14
  • EUROAMERICANA CHART 2015 – #22
  • ALTCOUNTRY.NL TOP 15 ALBUMS 2015 – #15
  • ONECHORD TOP 30 ALBUMS OF THE YEAR – #1
  • BLABBER ’N’ SMOKE FAVOURITE ALBUMS 2015

“mature, timeless songs, with strains of Kris Kristofferson, Townes Van Zandt and John Prine, that could’ve been hauled out of any of the past six decades – a master storyteller”
THE GUARDIAN

“delicate, beautiful and touching – an instantly timeless sound”
THE LINE OF BEST FIT

“slow finger-picked country-folk for the soul”
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

“Barna has the rooted sound of a seasoned troubadour – a mighty impressive second album and it signals the arrival of a major talent.”
KEXP

“Howard is becoming dangerously close to not only relating to some of the 60’s strongest folk offerings, but, with the coming of future releases to place under his belt, perhaps even besting some catalogs as a whole”
FOR FOLKS SAKE

“With Quite A Feelin’ he has delivered a classic – Lend Me A Moment is a song that could have been written by Townes Van Zandt”
★★★★★
ALTCOUNTRY.NL

“a country music album in the classic sense – in the Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt sense. Yep, that good!”
MAD MACKEREL

“…many “Americana” lists of very questionable material fails to recognize this album. Granted, we can’t hear everything. I get it. But when a new songwriter of this caliber (think John Prine) emerges with such a timeless classic featuring perfectly produced songs that screams “Americana” (Barna grew up in the Missouri, which can’t be any more “heartland”) you wonder if anyone is listening.”
Greg Vandy, KEXP

“In the grand tradition of country-through-and-through songwriters like Kris Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt comes Barna Howard.”
THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION

“There are several songs here that can stand tall next to those of Prine or Kristofferson’s prime years.”
★★★★ ½
AMERICANA UK

“pure quality Americana Folk that sticks with you from the first listen” 9/11
THE ROCK CLUB

“Forget Mumford fucking Sons. Folk music can truly run alongside any generation, and thankfully the new, genuine folk generation is on its way back and it’s spearheaded, ladies and gentlemen, by Barna Howard.”
★★★★
THIRD OUTING

“there is nothing here any less than excellent”
★★★★
DISTORSIONI

“Howard’s knack for interweaving captivating storytelling amongst tender guitar and heart-warming vocal melodies is unparalleled.”
GIGSOUP

“A songwriter who has quietly released one of the best albums of the year”
VUHAUS

“The finest album of the year.”
ONECHORD

Barna Howard was born and raised in a quintessential Midwest town. His youth in Eureka, Missouri was pure Americana – the sort of childhood that inspired E.T.-era Spielberg – baseball cards in his bicycle spokes, flying freely down Main Street and through neighbours’ backyards.

 

However, much of Barna’s story is not unique to his hometown, and, like most of small town America, Eureka has lost some of that charm over time. Main Street has changed, kids don’t run around quite so carelessly, and in an almost laughably cruel twist, his childhood home was knocked down in favour of a Walmart parking lot.

 

After high school, Howard moved north to study animation in one cold and windy city and then east for love in another. Years later, he blindly followed two friends to the Northwest, crossing the Rockies for the first time, in search of inspiration, opportunity and a fresh start.

 

Barna’s self-titled debut chronicled these moves as he struggled with the contrast between his small town upbringing and these big city wanderings. The album was met with critical acclaim and underground success, partly thanks to an opportunely placed song in the hit indie film, Drinking Buddies. One critic even likened him to some “lost genius of the 60’s.”

 

The songs on Barna Howard’s second album, Quite A Feelin’, ruminate on his relationship with home. Now entrenched in Portland, Oregon, many of the album’s tracks immortalise and reflect on the Eureka he once knew, while others focus on the relationships that define his new home out west. Small town life has long been celebrated in country and folk music, but Barna’s knack for capturing his own deeply personal nostalgia resonates in a rarely universal way.

 

Quite A Feelin’ was produced by Adam Selzer at Type Foundry Studio in Portland. The album will be available on LP, CD and digital download on May 18th

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COMING SOON

MANAGEMENT: Vincent Bancheri


LABEL
Europe: Loose
USA: Mama Bird Recording Co.


PRESS
EUR (online): Loose Press | Loose
UK/IRE (print): Will McCarthy | Will McCarthy PR
UK (regional): Thom Williams | Sonic PR
GSA: Rita Rommerskirchen | Rough Trade
USA: Vincent Bancheri | Mama Bird Recording Co.


RADIO
UK/IRE: Will McCarthy | Will McCarthy PR
GSA:
 Rita Rommerskirchen | Rough Trade