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Laid-back singer lays out his heart for Sparks
by Krystal Bick
Jul 17, 2008 | 1526 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy photo - Howie Day performs Friday night at John Ascuaga's Nugget.
Courtesy photo - Howie Day performs Friday night at John Ascuaga's Nugget.
Singer-songwriter Howie Day “collides” this Friday at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in the Celebrity Showroom, proving that his coffee-shop vibes can fill a theater venue.

Day, a one-man performer, draws influences from the likes of Jeff Buckley, David Gray and Oasis and, according to one reviewer from Rolling Stone, “This one-man emo machine gently entangles his voice with echoes of himself to ethereal effect.”

This “ethereal effect” Day has mastered as a solo performer using stomp boxes to continually record and repeatedly loop different instrumentals. Playing the piano, guitar and crooning his own vocals, Day has surprised audiences, sounding like a full band all by himself.

With just two albums to his credit, Day is still quite new to the music industry, his first album, “Australia,” having been released in 2000. “Australia” received praise from critics, as Devon Powers of Popmatters called it an album one falls for passionately.

But it wasn’t until 2003 with his release of “Stop All the World Now” through Epic Records that his mainstream success caught on.

Day’s hit single, “Collide,” has earned him aired spots on multiple popular television shows including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “One Tree Hill” and “Scrubs.” The rock alternative album was finally certified gold in 2005.

With a flair for sentimentality and seemingly soulful songwriting, Day has been on tour with other big names Tori Amos, Gavin Degraw and The Wallflowers, making for a fitting folk pairing.

Day’s other hit singles include soul-baring songs like “Perfect Time of Day” and “She Says” from the “Stop” album, riddled with relationship woes and self-discovery. It is this depth of lyrics that further prove his ability to capture raw emotion and melancholy feelings in his songwriting.

Recently returning from a tour through Australia with folk band, Whitley, Day has been riding the music industry’s roller coaster ride, his albums having gained popularity rather slowly.

But this rocker from Maine still exudes some of the laid-back and comfortable university attitude that he is known for — messy bed hair, ripped jeans, screen-printed T-shirt and all. Despite teenage-girl swooning success, Day has started a promising musical career that suggests he could be around for a while, encouraging audiences to kick back and get comfortable.

Day will be performing at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and are available by calling (800) 648-1177 or by visiting the John Ascuaga’s Nugget Web site at
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