A rosewood cajon and a well-worn guitar crossed paths in 2014, forming the foundation for Austin-based acoustic duo Howard & Skye‘s grassroots Americana sound.
Fourteen months later, after innumerable gigs, late-night songwriting benders, and extensive recording sessions in their home-based Thirsty Hog studio, Jonathan Howard’s and Blueflower Skye’s CD Milkweed was completed.
Laced with an insight and sensitivity reminiscent of the singer-songwriters of the mid to late 60’s and early 70’s, the unflinching lyricism of Howard & Skye’s Milkweed is tempered by a musical grit and drive derived from the Blues and Country roots of the South.
JohTheMa Promotions did the publicity and promotions campagne. Here are some pretty interesting Dutch language press quotes:
- Deeply rooted in blues and country, Howard & Skye are masters at transforming feelings into songs; Milkweed is a successful marriage between all forms of American roots music! – Lambert Smits, Keys and Chords
- The songs are about the narrative; this and the instrumental support create an atmosphere almost forgotten in contemporary folk music”…”Milkweed is a disc that excels by its simplicity, in combination with its purity. – Dani Heyveart, Rootstime.be
- Milkweed is a composition of blues-country songs well written and composed by two very good songwriters and storytellers Jonathan Howard and Blueflower Skye. – Eric Campfens, Barn Owl Blues
- The duo scores points through great songwriting and song intensity; Milkweed comes recommended as an album with good compositions and a great mood. – Joachim “Joe” Brookes, RockTimes
- Howard & Skye’s Milkweed is a pleasantly successful record that appeals to fans of Americana and Singer-Songwriter music. – Michael Masuch, Hooked on Music
- Milkweed is a magnificent debut album consisting of a wonderful mixture of blues and roots music, with gentle harmonies that add an extra dimension to the sound of the album’s eleven beautiful songs. – Muziekis Music Magazine
- One does not have to guess the end result of such a happy debut with the inclusion of strikingly beautiful harmonies, clever instrumentation and fine singer-songwriter skills. We can certainly expect many beautiful musical moments in the future from Howard & Skye. – Rudolf van der Ree, Rudolf’s Music