We like how Chicago folk-blues artist Justin Howl incorporates humor into his work. “Things to Do” is a wonderfully weird track on which he recites a laundry list of activities. The song’s harmonica groove is cool and vibey, for sure, and it truly honks on “Sweet Babe,” a tune about undying love. Howl actually perfoms a harmonica solo here that is terrific, along with lyrics that relate a funny little tale. Then he engages us once again with “Love Triangle,” telling of a determined guy who “is in love with a woman who’s in love with a woman who’s in love with a man.” All of his recordings have a consistent living-room intimacy topped off by Howl’s warm and rangey vocal presence.
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Style: Blues and Roots