Howard Emerson

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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 wellJ. 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.

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