Wheels on My Heart
Authenticity is an elusive quality; hard to define, but when it comes to music, you know it when you hear it. Authentic is the only way to describe Jonah Howard's debut album, Wheels On My Heart. While others try to emulate the heroes of a bygone era with retro stylings or force 90's pop into a country format, Jonah effortlessly filters country music's rich traditions through his own formidable songwriting talents, making Wheels On My Heart a classic for any fan of the genre. Kicking off the album with a killer baritone guitar lick, 'Love Don't Run Too Deep' is a sawdust soliloquy from a country boy burned by love in the big city. Some slick guitar/pedal steel interplay, punctuated by stabs of harmonica, makes this track worth the price of admission. Heartbreak may be a staple of country music, but with the title track from Wheels On My Heart, Jonah's unsinkable sense of self turns tragedy into triumph when he croons 'sing a goodbye song 'cause I'm rollin' out on these wheels' as Peter Burak's pedal steel soars out into the stratosphere. Jonah's own Tele-pickin' is displayed on 'Sometimes She Rocks Me,' where he compares his woman to a force of nature. 'Same Ol' Blues' swings in the classic style with some clever wordplay, while 'Widowmaker' is a flat-out barn burner! 'Belle From San Antone' is a story song of a woman's unrequited love that really allows the depth of Jonah's voice to shine.