Hickory – The City of Hickory’s 2022 Sails Original Music Series kicks off on Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in Downtown Hickory with folk musician Danielle Howle.
As an artist-poet, Danielle Howle is a natural storyteller through song. She makes the biggest impact by sharing simple truths. Her music comes from a place of self-awareness and is on a perpetual journey of self-discovery. She balances powerful style with conversational lyrics, sharing her honest experience of life.
Known for captivating audiences with her stunning vocal ability, contagious energy, and incredible songwriting skills, Danielle’s music ranges from country-swamp-blues to jazz to Americana with clear jazz, country, southern rock, indie, and folk influences.
The South-Carolinian songbird has been compared to Flannery O’Connor, Patsy Cline, and Nina Simone. The New York Times calls her “an extraordinary mind, a southern storyteller with a gorgeous sense of melody that should be pouring out of stereos everywhere,” and Newsweek said, “Howle sounds as soothing as Karen Carpenter, as graceful as k.d.lang and as Saturday-night worn as Patsy Cline.”
Danielle is an effortless and deeply compelling performer with an astounding command of music: her intelligent writing deftly scales anything from ballads to pop to heavy soul, while combining introspective lyrics that galvanize mass appeal.
Danielle has opened for myriad legendary acts, including Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, San Bush, The Avett Brothers, Fugazi, and Elliot Smith, and the broad scape of her artistic supporters speaks to her ability to entertain a crowd and engage music enthusiasts.
“Danielle Howle is a folk musician gone rogue,” says Bob Sinclair, coordinator for the music series. “Her 4-piece band is currently opening for Indigo Girls and Blues Traveler. We’re excited to bring her to Hickory.”
Through her 25-year career, Danielle has demonstrated prowess at every turn – from the early band days to the later eclectic acoustic and electronic years, and everything in between. She’s not only a seasoned recording and touring artist, she’s also turned her hand to successful production, soundtrack collaborations, and a variety of commercial music work. It’s safe to say, Danielle has an incredibly diverse skill set, with one constant being her beloved guitar.
The Sails Original Music Series offers excellent musical entertainment from all over the United States with the help of numerous sponsors. Two new sponsors for this season are local companies Atriax, PLLC and David E. Looper & Company. Returning sponsors of the series include Bob Sinclair Music, Larry’s Music & Sound, Pfahlert Creative Labs, Olde Hickory Brewery, and Crowne Plaza.
In addition to the seating available at Union Square, audience members are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. A variety of close-by bars and restaurants offer food and beverages.
The new Hickory Downtown Social District allows patrons of downtown ABC permitted establishments to drink an alcoholic beverage on sidewalks, Union Square, and other public areas within the designated boundaries of the social district. For more information about the Hickory Downtown Social District, special restrictions, and a detailed map of the coverage area, visit https://www.hickorync.gov/downtown-social-district.
For more information about the Sails Original Music Series and upcoming bands, please visit www.HickoryNC.gov/SailsMusic and follow the Sails Original Music Series Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SailsMusic.