Howard has shared the bill with many greats including: Johnny
Winter, B.B. King, Savoy Brown and David “Honeyboy” Edwards to name a few.
Howard was just recently (Jan 08) performing in The UK.
Howard Glazer has recently release
Liquor Store Legend his second CD on the NYC based Random Chance
Liquor Store Legend Howard Glazer continues to draw from his varied
musical background to create a powerful blend of serious blues, rock and
acoustic compositions, yielding an uncompromising sound fans have grown to
expect, new listeners will be sure to enjoy and the Motor City is proud to call
Howard was nominated for
two 2008 Detroit Music Awards being the Outstanding Instrumentalist in the
Blues/R&B category and Outstanding Artist in the Blues/R&B Cateory.
Howard has recently received endorsements from Stan Hinesley
Handcrafted Pickups, GHS Strings, Ohlinger & Sons Amplifiers and Rocktron.
Howard has also been voted “Best Guitarist” by the Detroit Metro Times.
Rockin' Detroit blues
August 10, 2008
Howard Glazer and the EL 34s
Random Chance RCD33
Howard Glazer and the EL 34s released
Store Legend, the band's latest release on Random Chance.
Store Legend is 13 tracks of original blues, rock and blues-rock
written by Glazer, with plenty of creative lyrical twists and adapted musical
inflections that range from Chuck Berry, Creedence Clearwater Revival and 1950s
rock 'n' roll to a variety of traditional and modern blues styles.
Howard Glazer and the EL 34s is a full-sounding trio of Glazer on
electric, acoustic, resonator and lap steel guitars; Bob Godwin, electric and
acoustic basses; and Charles Stuart, drums, congas and percussion; with the
addition here of Larry Marek, organ on three tracks (especially powerful on
"Wonder Why") and on background vocals of four tracks.
The opening title track is an unusual braggadocio of being a real pro at
buying alcohol at the liquor store, while "Power" is a psychedelic blues-rock
protest that calls for speaking out on injustice that reminds this writer
musically of the Doors. "Gas Pump Blues" is another protest song that was
composed in those "halcyon" days of 2007, when gas was only around $3 a gallon
-- made even more timely and relevant today when gas is over $4 a gallon and
predicted to go much higher!
Glazer's lyrics on these last two songs are eloquently left wing, and
are adapted well to their musical forms. Indeed, Howard Glazer is a poet who
works within the blues, rock and blues-rock genres, something demonstrated
The 7-minute, 9-second next-to-last track, "Bar Fly Boogie," is a
display case for the band's excellent playing, a resonator guitar-driven rocker
built around the Z.Z. Topp "Lagrange"/John Lee Hooker "Boogie Chillun" riff with
a wah-wah pedal elecritc guitar solo from Glazer, electric bass solo from Bob
Godwin, and drum solo from Charles Stuart. Then, moving from this display of
prowess from the whole band,
Store Legend ends simply but appropriately on a resonator
guitar-and-vocal traditional blues solo from Glazer himself, "Next Train Out."
Glazer is a masterful guitarist whose deep-voice vocals are expressive
and solidly done, and complemented nicely by the rhythm section of Godwin and
Stuart. Further, every song on
Store Legend is different from the others. A substantive exercise
throughout in blues and rock that demonstrates that Howard Glazer and the EL 34s
have taught that old blues dog some nifty new tricks.
So, from backing the traditional blues of Young to laying down top-notch
contemporary blues-inflected rock and blues-rock, Howard Glazer and the EL 34s
present us with the delightful musical side of the Motor City in two memorable,
listener-friendly CDs that demonstrate compelling all-round artistry,
versatility and soul. Good blues news indeed!