Howard Emerson Spotlight 2

"But I Digress" from his CD It Ain't Necessarily So
TGS Spotlight Player from April 26, 2011

Howard Emerson Spotlight 1

"Lucky Lady B" from his CD Crossing Crystal Lake
TGS Spotlight Player from February 11, 2010

Guitarist/Songwriter/Singer (in that order, please!) HOWARD EMERSON was born in Boston, MA in 1951, the son of Richard, a professional piano player, and Barbara, who was tone deaf but meant well. A self-taught player to this day, he took up guitar in 1963 at the age of twelve. Although the Beatles were already a big influence in the decision, his heroes quickly became The Ventures, in particular, Nokie Edwards, their lead guitarist.

He learned to fingerpick in the fall of 1969 while cutting class at Berklee School of Music, which he attended, ostensibly, in order to avoid the draft. He dropped out after a very brief time, and shortly thereafter learned bottleneck and open-tunings, and was very influenced by Ry Cooder, Randy Newman and Little Feat, in particular, Lowell George.

In 1971-72 Howard recorded and toured with Richard Supa, eventually recording two albums with him. After that he toured with folk legend Eric Andersen, for whom he opened on numerous occasions and with whom he recorded the album Be True to You on Arista Records in 1975.

During the late 60s and into the mid 70s, he also played and recorded with a band named Topper, which eventually became The Billy Joel Band. Their first recording with Billy was his Turnstiles album, on Columbia Records in 1976.

Howard has opened for Chris Smither, Dion, David Bromberg, Eric Andersen, John Hammond Jr., Dan Hicks, Jimmy Vivino, Johnny Johnson, Asleep at the Wheel and many others. He has been a touring clinician for the C.F. Martin Guitar Company and teaches guitar at his home in Huntington Station, NY, as well as teaching many students abroad via Skype.

Aside from playing and teaching guitar, Howard has been a woodworker since his teens. Hes greatly influenced by the Craftsman style of building, in particular by the works of Charles and Henry Greene. He also does a lot of landscaping and gardening at home in Huntington Station, NY. He is married to Marcela and they have a daughter, Nicole.

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