Sam Howard is a musician and composer based in Nashville, TN.

He currently plays bass and sings alongside the inimitable Molly Tuttle, and has toured extensively nationally and internationally with acclaimed vocalist and songwriter Ruth Moody, Americana superstar Joy Williams, and banjo/slide-guitar master Tony Furtado.

Sam has appeared on hundreds of recordings, alongside such contemporary masters as Mark Knopfler, Aoife O’Donovan, Chris Thile, and Jerry Douglas.

When not on the road or in the studio, Sam stays busy keeping up with a 70 year-old house and a 3 year-old son, composing new music, playing gigs, practicing scales, enjoying live music, and drinking very strong coffee.



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Brief Curriculum Vitae:

– BMus ’03 – Studio Music and Jazz Performance – Frost School of Music at the University of Miami

– 2010 musical ambassador to South America and Africa with the U.S. State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s ‘Rhythm Road’ program.

-Released two albums of original instrumental music, 2007’s Out Tonight, and 2010’s The Gettin’ Place.

-Composed and premiered four original works for jazz orchestra with the Portland Jazz Composer’s Ensemble.

– Toured extensively nationally and internationally, playing venues of all shapes and sizes, from the Royal Albert Hall to hay-baled tents.

– Lived and worked playing music in New York City from 2004-2008, where he was a founding teacher at the Brooklyn Guitar School.

– Recorded upright and electric bass, guitar, baritone guitar, and harmony vocals as a sideman on hundreds of recordings.

Some performers Sam has played with include (by Genre):

(Folk/Roots) Ruth Moody, Aoife O’Donovan, Joy Williams, Molly Tuttle, Tony Furtado, Marlon Williams, Ben Sollee, Caroline Spence, Logan Ledger, Heather Masse, Anthony da Costa, The Good Lovelies, Luke Bulla, Martha Scanlan, Scott Law, Shook Twins, Nathaniel Talbot, Eli West

(Jazz) Blue Cranes, Darrell Grant, The Kora BandDevin Phillips, Alan Jones, Trio SubtonicBen DarwishGeorge Whitty, Jed WilsonNancy King,

(Rock/Blues) Scott Pemberton, Black Prairie, Kara Grainger, Portland Cello Project, Eddie Martinez