Songsmith Danielle Howle is a longtime Carolina artist known for her ability to create sophisticated melodies to the backdrop of simple, uncluttered songs. From her earliest singer/songwriter days in Columbia to her recent years working and jamming in her new home in Awendaw, she’s used her songs and performances to express the most optimistic and joyful aspects of life to help bring people together.
In addition to her regional touring and collaborative work at the Awendaw Green facilities, where she’s the “artist in residence,” she recently kicked off a series of Tuesday night sessions last month at Art’s Bar & Grill in Mt. Pleasant.
Billed as Danielle Howle & Friends, the gig took shape as a solo performance punctuated with brief jam sessions between guest songwriters. During the May events, she invited some of her favorite local songwriters, strummers, and percussionists in the scene to join in each week. Hank Futch of The Blue Dogs, John Seymour of The Fire Apes, and guitarists John Lee and Jude Michaels, among others, have shown up as frequent guests.
Singer/guitarist Sean Kelly, the polite and youthful songwriter with Charleston-based pop-rock band A Fragile Tomorrow, has been the constant sidekick, gracing the stage every week as Howle’s right-hand man. He strums and solos on his black Gibson guitar alongside the headliner, occasionally chiming in with nice harmonies. Howle oversaw the recording of A Fragile Tomorrow’s new album Tripping Over Nothing at Awendaw Green’s studio last year, so she knows Kelly’s music well and tries to highlight his songs in every set.
Although she draws from a vast catalog of originals, Howle spotlights a lot of new material from her folksy new album, Swamp Sessions.
Between her uplifting ballads and melodic rockers and the vibes between the musicians and songwriters in attendance, the weekly get-togethers have already turned into something remarkable.