Catching Up With Barna Howard
Barna Howard is a Country/Americana artist on Loose Music. His music is beautiful with inspiring, story-telling lyrics. He recently toured the UK supporting Andrew Combs, also on Loose Music and I was fortunate to see them in Corby, Northamptonshire.
Feeling so blown away by Barna’s music, I simply had to catch up with him about his amazing set in Corby, his songwriting and many other things. Barna is a lovely man who is so down to earth and friendly and I hope he returns to the UK soon.
You can check out Barna’s music here:
Listen to Quite a Feelin’ by Barna Howard on @AppleMusic.
You have just started your UK tour with the wonderful Andrew Combs, how is it going so far?
Feels great to be back here, and it doesn’t hurt to travel with Combs. So I’d say pretty damn swell !
I had the pleasure of seeing you in Corby which was amazing and I fell in love with your music right away. How was that show for you?
Corby was a great place to kick off the tour. Such wonderful people in the audience that night. We had fun chatting with you all.
This isn’t your first trip to the UK, you toured here before is that right?
Yes, I’ve been over here a couple times before.
To someone who has never heard your music before, how would you describe your music?
Americana / Singer-songwriter is what I end out saying most the time.
Your songwriting is excellent and you tell stories in such a beautifully honest way. How would you describe a typical day of songwriting or can you just be inspired at any time anywhere?
It comes and goes, but I enjoy grabbing from conversations, either myself or others are having around me. You never know what will spark up an idea. I try to keep my ears open. I also grab from my own experiences of course. Sometimes the lyrics come first, sometimes the music.
I love the song Hands Like Gloves – was this a difficult song to write given its topic and do you feel it was a story that was important to share? I for one, found it very moving and an eye opener.
It was, but it felt good to. A situation occurred in the past that came back up to the surface as I got older. I started to understand more clearly what was happening.
What is your favorite thing about touring and do you prefer a quiet crowd like us Brits or a more rowdier crowd like the US apparently are?
I love meeting new people and seeing new faces. When solo, a quiet crowd never hurts. The US can be a little tough, but it’s not always the case. Rowdy is good, if it fuels my performance, especially when I have the band up there with me.
Will you be doing any sight seeing whilst here? Especially in Edinburgh given it being such a beautiful city.
I wish I had more time, to be honest. I guess I could get up early and get out the door, but I really feel to just need to sleep in most of the time. There never seems to be enough of it.
Who inspires you musically? And who are you listening to currently?
Songwriters from the 70’s I’d say. There’s a certain type of poetry they seemed to tap into that attracts me. A lot of the subject matter as well.
What is it like being on the road with Andrew? Do you get to hang out a lot and have you ever written together or plan to write together?
Andrew is great, and he’s good at hangin’ out too. Always have a good time with that one.
What is the best live show you have ever been to?
Saw John Prine at the Portland, OR zoo a few years ago. I’d have to say that one sticks out in my head the most.
Could you tell me the inspiration behind the song Notches On A Frame? I think you mentioned your granddad is that correct?
Yes. He and I were sitting at his kitchen table some time ago when he brought up the door frame leading down to the basement. He pointed to it, and said, “There’s all my kids,” referring to their measured heights marked up the side of it. A song popped into my head shortly after. I had a great time hanging out with him that day.
Other than music, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Watch films, read, and go out to the local dive.
Are you working on any new material and if so, when can we expect to hear it?
I am. A few of the songs I played in Corby that night were new. I’m hoping sometime next year for sure.
Thank You Barna – hope to see you back in the UK soon!