A few months ago, I received a nice surprise in my email – a promo copy of the new Heyward Howkins album, about a year after the debut. An unexpectedly quick follow-up, it quickly became one of my favorite records of the year. I reviewed it right around the release date here, and still have it in my regular rotation. I recently had the chance to catch up with Heyward and we had the chance to talk about music, Philadelphia, and you guessed it…coffee.
Seems like it was just over a year ago that I was enjoying the Big Sky of Montana and Idaho in the company of loved ones. Actually, it has been just over a year now that I think about it. Nostalgia can be a double-edged sword – every moment thinking about the past is a moment away from the present. Fortunately, I was able to indulge just a bit as my soundtrack on that Idaho / Montana trip was the debut record by Philadelphia artist, Heyward Howkins. His follow-up record was sent my way a few weeks ago and I’ve played it non-stop ever since. What does an artist do for an encore when they’ve already delivered a perfect record? Well, they go ahead and better the previous record in ways the listener hadn’t imagined. Be Frank, Furness is the new record by Heyward Howkins and it is one of the standout records of 2013.