Dallas Drummer

Jeff Howe was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, giving his drumming that distinctive southern style that only growing up in multi-cultural Texas can do. His energetic drumming style draws from all of his influences including Rock, Swingin' Jump Blues, Jazz, Country, Lounge and a bit of south of the border flavor mixed in for good measure.

This versatility makes him a songwriter's dream both live and in the studio. Jeff feels that the lyrics and story are the most important aspect when working with a songwriter and this sensitivity keeps him in demand with a wide range of artists such as Johnny Reno (Swing, Soundtracks), Max Stalling (Country), John Ivins (Contemporary Christian), Brad Thompson (Alternative Rock), Tim Miller (Rock).

Whatever the genre, Jeff Knows the song comes first and that means laying down a good, fat groove and playing what is appropriate for any given style. Most of the time this means a full drum kit. Other times it might mean a snare with brushes or a conga and shaker. Jeff's motto is; whatever it takes to make the song!

Performed and recorded with

Jeff has had the good fortune to play with many of his heroes.  Here is a short list of the most memorable.

T-Bone Burnette (Producer, Rolling Thunder Review)
Johnny Reno (Sax Maniacs, Lounge Kings)
Big Jay Mcneeley (Blues Legend)
John Doe (X)
The Blasters
John Goodman (Actor)
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (Blues Legend)
John Lee Hooker (Blues Legend)
The Paladins
Stevie Ray Vaughn (Blues Great)
Jimmy Vaughn (Fabulous Thunderbirds/Blues Great)
Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds)
Lee Rocker (Stray Cats)
Jim Belushi (Actor)
Robert Rodriguez (Director)
Dennis Quaid (Actor)
Kate Hudson (Actor)
Pete Anderson (Producer, Guitarist, Dwight Yoakum)
Max Stalling
Rudy Gatlin
Janie Fricke (Country Legend)
Sam Taylor (Producer)
Lloyd Maines (Producer, Dixie Chicks)
Gary P. Nunn
Tim Miller
Brad Thompson
Aden Bubeck (Miranda Lambert)
Zakk Wylde (Ozzy)
Austin Allsup
Chuck Ligon
Madison King
Troy Cartwright

Johnny Reno and the Lounge Kings, Good Morning Texas - 1996

Jeff on Drums from "Adelaide " by Tim Miller

Influences

Just about every drummer I've ever heard has left some sort of mark on me and my playing.  Here is a list of some of my favorite players in no particular order.

1. Ringo Starr -The Beatles
2. Levon Helm - The Band
3. John Bonham - Led Zep.
4. Gene Krupa - Jazz Great
5. Buddy Rich - Jazz Great
6. Jo Jones - Jazz Great
7. Hal Blaine - Studio
8. Big Sid Catlett - Jazz Great
9. Earl Palmer - Studio
10. Dave Tough - Jazz Great
11. Ginger Baker - The Cream
12. Ian Paice - Deep Purple
13. John Weathers - Gentle Giant
14. Jim Gordon - Studio
15. Jim Keltner - Studio
16. Matt Abts - Gov't Mule
17. Elvin Jones - Jazz Great
18. Art Blakey - Jazz Great
19. Billy Ward - Joan Osborne/Studio
20. Jim Christy - Dwight Yoakum
21. Nick Mason - Pink Floyd
22. Prairie Prince -The Tubes
23. Bill Bruford - Yes, King Crimson
24. Jerry Gaskill - King's X
25. Jerry Shirley - Humble Pie
26. Brian Downey - Thin Lizzy
27. Michael Giles - King Crimson