Who is Blane Howard?
Blane Howard is a country music artist and songwriter who is making the grade across the board within the country music industry, at country radio and among its fans. This Arkansas native, recently named the 2018 Male Vocalist of the Year at the Arkansas CMAs, embraces the sound he was raised on by infusing the styles of country music greats like Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and Randy Travis, with his own personal flair. His relatable lyrics, powerful vocals, and entertaining shows are winning him fans around the world.
At the age of 3, Blane stood in front of the TV with a blue and green plastic guitar and sang along with Alan Jackson's, "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow." A big fan of Johnny Cash as well, and sharing the same birth date, Howard tells a story about his grandmother singing Cash songs to him and his cousins. Living close to a railroad track, she would rush all the kids to the window when they would “hear the train a coming” and break into her rendition of “Folsom Prison.” Howard often says he thought Cash had stolen the song from her! Today he is drawn toward the styles of artist like Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and Brothers Osborne. All of these influences have made an impact on Blane's unique style of country, modern-traditional, mixing the authenticity of the 90s with the contemporary edge of today!
Since graduating from Belmont University in 2010, Howard has had the privilege of opening up shows for many country greats including Blake Shelton, Joe Nichols, Trace Adkins, Rodney Atkins, Hunter Hays, Granger Smith, Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels Band, and others. Blane has played multiple venues of all sizes as well as all types of fairs and festivals across the mid plains and mid-south including the Arkansas State Fair, State Fair of Texas, South Carolina Peach Festival, Nashville's Next Big Twang, and multiple shows at CMA Fest.
‘Bout Time' is the title track to Blane's original EP which was released in January of 2013; he followed that up in 2014 with a two-song CD of "Arkansas, Y'all," which was a song penned for the Arkansas Department of Tourism’s Song of Arkansas contest. In 2015, he released his first full album, "Away We Go," which has many great singles including "Friday Feeling," and "Crazy," as well as the title track. Blane was married in the fall of 2016 and as a gift for his bride-to-be, he wrote "Promise To Love Her." After a short video clip from their wedding of the couple dancing to the song took off on social media, and requests for the song flooded his social media pages, he decided that he should record the song. In March of 2017 the single released to glowing reviews and hit national radio, making its way to #33 on the Music Row Breakout Chart, holding there for three weeks. The music video has picked up over 5.4 MILLION views on FB alone and also received television airplay on networks such as Great American Country, The Country Network, and The Heartland Network where it continues to air today. GAC also picked up Howard’s music video for his single “Crazy.”
In early 2018, the legendary John Berry invited Blane to film a segment with him for The Heartland TV Network’s second season of “Songs and Stories with John Berry.” The show was filmed at the Fontanel in Nashville and Howard’s episode will be airing in June of 2018.
When Blane is not on the road, he stays busy writing new songs with other artists and songwriters in Nashville.
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“Several years ago I had the opportunity to meet Blane Howard during a radio tour. He stopped by the Kicker studios for an interview and I found out real quick that Blane is a talented musician and singer. Growing up in Hot Springs, Ark., Blane always had a dream of pursuing a musical career so he followed that dream to Nashville where he met up with other talented musicians and put together a band. Not only can he sing, but he has become a seasoned songwriter who has written with other Nashville songwriters. Read Mario's full blog about Blane Howard at the link below.”
““He’s is doing all the right things in preparation for what is shaping up to be a very promising career. Howard is a future country superstar. He was the only artist last week to have two songs on the countdown; specifically number 6, ‘I’m Movin’ On’ and number 20 ‘She’s a Mess.’ Whether Howard is belting out a ballad like ‘She’s a Mess’ or a high energy tune like ‘Pass the Bottle’, his voice brings a pleasant uniqueness that has you wanting to hear more. He’s destined to for the spotlight.” ”
“I was honored to win 2 cd's as well as an autographed picture of Blane! Then I was able to see him in concert! What talent he has! He even sang a song I personally requested that he said he hadn't sang in a couple years, "When Heartaches All You Know". My favorite song! Cannot wait to see him again! Thank you for one of the best concerts I've attended, for the pictures, cd's, autographed photo as well as special care! You are incredible! It will be awesome when everyone hears the talent and hard work you have to offer! God bless! ”
“It is THE wedding song for 2017. Powerful, emotionally charged, goose-bump inducing. It's a hit! ”
— Tracy McSherry-McKown, PD, WOOZ-Carterville, IL
“Blane is the real deal. Our News Director's wife got "giddy" when she heard he was coming to do a local event with the station. Females love the song, but the funny thing is, when he visited in studio, all our texts were from guys. A strong song across the board.”
— Bill Booth, PD, WKDZ - Cadiz, KY
“Our phones and social media are getting the same request, 'Can you play that new song about the guy promising to love her? Who is the artist and how can I get a copy?' Blane Howard has THE song for engagements and weddings that will be a mainstay for a long time! All he needs is to be heard. We are glad we added this song. Our listeners have let us know. ”
— Cindy Taylor, PD, WTNJ-Beckley, WV
“Mind you, there is plenty of “new” here to like, as well. In fact, there is so much talent among today’s first timers that the DisCovery Award is split three ways. The male winner is a fellow named Blane Howard, who has an instant wedding classic for your listening pleasure. Blane moved to Nashville from Arkansas to attend Belmont, and now it sounds like he’s on his way. BLANE HOWARD/Promise To Love Her Writers: Blane Howard/Jordan Kyle Reynolds; Producer: Brad Hill & Blane Howard; Publisher: none listed, ASCAP – It’s a power ballad sung by a resonant baritone who’s pledging true romance. A ready-made wedding anthem. What’s not to love? ”
— Robert K. Oermann Review / Music Row
“This is the song every woman will want for their wedding this summer”
— Greg Almond, Program Director WGGC Bowling Green, KY
“Last summer after reviewing over 200 First time performer Submissions for the Chevrolet Mainstage, at the 2015 State Fair of Texas.....one EPK "stood out". And yes, that was Blane Howard's!!”
— Glenn Smith Presents
“Jay Lindly, golden-eared host of #TheMorningBrew on KDQN 92.1 FM De Queen, Arkansas, thinks that Blane is a natural entertainer, and had a great time when he came into the studio for an interview and live performance. “His natural abilities came through when he was asked to perform on the spot. His song ‘Arkansas Ya’ll’ was a real hit with our listeners. It really resonates what it is like to be from Arkansas and have a love for the area.” Howard has been having a busy start to his summer, most of which has already been booked up with performances across the country. To keep his fans up to date with his latest schedule, some thoughts from the road, or some live song performances, he’s launched a YouTube series called “On the Road with Blane Howard.” In the most recent episode, he even does a cover of one of my favorite songs (and I know it’s not really a country song), Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic.” He’s definitely an artist worth keeping an eye on.”
“Execellant ! your voice is flawless ! Absolutely flawless ! loved every second of it ,,,”
— Suzanna Kay
“Just wanted to say we had the best time. Blane is phenomenal! ”
— Tamara Noble Farris / Owner Down South Railhouse
“Amazing singer and artist. Ur music is amazing. I have to have me some Blane Howard music everyday...it's amazing...”
“Enjoying Away We Go. Wishing you all the best”
— Samantha Darcy
“Awesome Music!!! We look forward to listening to more of your songs! Wishing you the best of luck with your music:-) Blessings, ”
— Angel Wings