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Kate Howard

March 29 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Jon Dee Graham (thrice inducted into Austin Music Hall of Fame) calls Kate Howard “the Dorothy Parker of Austin”. Tony Scalzo (Fastball) says of Kate’s work, “Her lyrics take you to a place no other songwriter will.” International touring musician Ed Hamell (Hamell on Trial) says she is “a cross between Tom Waits and Minnie Pearl”. The adjective most frequently used to describe her music is “quirky”. Most of her songs are humorous. They tend to be character driven, and they feature a lot of wordplay. Ms. Howard has been told that her songs are the musical equivalent of short films.

Kate wrote her first song at age 50. On the strength of that song, she got into a weekly song game with some heavy hitters. Each week, the songwriters in the game would be given a word or phrase and would write and record a song including that “prompt”, which they would send to the group in one week’s time. She was in that song game for over six years; eventually came to be its leader; and has written more than 300 songs.

For the past several years, Ms. Howard has been fortunate enough to be a featured performer during the Purgatory Players’ Gospel Brunch, which raises money for the Central Texas Food Bank. That weekly show was where Scrappy Jud Newcomb and Jeff Plankenhorn became familiar with her work. Of course, she was thrilled that they agreed to be in her band for “The Best Medicine”.

When she’s not performing, Kate can often be found passing the tip jar at other bands’ gigs. She listens to live music several nights a week – sometimes attending 2-3 shows per night. This was the case before she started making music, and it continues to this day. These are excellent ways to connect with the music community – listeners and performers alike. One show she frequents is Chris Gage’s Monday night residency at Donn’s Depot. That is where she befriended Pat Byrne (who sings a track on “The Best Medicine”) and Beat Root Revival’s Ben Jones (who is one of her co-producers and played in her “Medicine” band).


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March 29
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


The Saxon Pub
1320 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704 United States
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