Skip to main content Skip to footer site map
Omnivore Recordings Announce First-Ever Collection of Howdy Glenn

Omnivore Recordings Announce First-Ever Collection of Howdy Glenn

I Can Almost See Houston: The Complete Howdy Glenn will be released on January 20, 2023.

Omnivore Recordings announced I Can Almost See Houston: The Complete Howdy Glenn will be released on January 20, 2023. It marks the first-ever collection of songs from "The Singing Fireman."

Available on CD, the album collects all the recordings and reexamines the importance and legacy of Howdy Glenn, containing all 8 of his singles, plus 6 newly-mixed, previously unissued tracks from the Warner Bros. vaults, plus an outtake from his Fire Records sessions. The original album, I Can Almost See Houston, will also be available digitally with bonus tracks.

The 23-track collection was produced for release by Grammy® nominee Scott B. Bomar (The Bakersfield Sound) and Grammy® winner Cheryl Pawelski (Hank Williams - The Garden Spot Programs, 1950). With Restoration and Mastering by Grammy® winner Michael Graves, the packaging contains photos, ephemera, and new liner notes from Bomar, outlining not only a brief history of Black artists in country music, but Howdy Glenn's rightful place in the story.

There is a very short list of Black country performers who made a splash on the national charts or the public consciousness in the 20th century.

After winning the 1974 "Trucker's Jamboree" at the Hollywood Palladium, Inglewood, California firefighter Howdy Glenn began a recording career that not only gained him regional hits on an independent label, but found him appearing to rapturous crowds whenever and wherever he performed live.

After singing at the Academy of Country Music's general meeting, he was signed to Warner Bros. Records by Andy Wickham (who had also signed Joni Mitchell, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Buck Owens, and more). Warner Bros. released his first Wickham-produced single in 1977.

His second, a cover of Willie Nelson's "Touch Me," spent six weeks on the charts. Glenn headlined at Gilley's in Pasadena, Texas, and found himself nominated for the ACM's Top New Male Vocalist award. It appeared as though country music had a possible new star on the rise.

But, as happens inexplicably for some artists, after a few singles, and more material left in the can, a new album from "The Singing Fireman" (as he was dubbed by Warner Bros.) never materialized. Glenn's early singles were compiled on the Indian Head label LP I Can Almost See Houston, and he recorded another single, released on his own Fire Records imprint. Both failed to land further success, and Glenn continued on with his career in firefighting.

Watch the new trailer here:




Watch: Taylor Sanders Releases Official Music Video for Firecracker Photo
Watch Taylor Sanders' official music video for Firecracker!

Karan Casey Shares New Song Sister I Am Here For You Photo
Adding their unique vocals to the album are Niamh Dunne on a duet song Sister I am Here for You; Pauline Scanlon on a searing feminist overlook of Ireland in a song entitled I Live in a Country; and Ríoghnach Connolly on Daughter Dear, a tender hearted song between a mother and daughter.

Baaba Maal Releases New Track Agreement Photo
Production from Johan Hugo treads a magical line between ancient and modern, the hypnotic, looping track emerges from a riff played by Barou Sall, a Hoddu master and long time Baaba Maal collaborator. This traditional Senegalese instrument which prefigures the banjo accompanies Baaba’s pure, searching vocal, backed by Mamadou Sarr’s percussion.

Out of Mind Festival Unveils 2023 Lineup Photo
Out of Mind Fest will host an array of local and national LGBTQ+ and BIPOC vendors along with exciting activations for all attendees. An exclusive Out of Mine t-shirt will also be available, designed by Bailey Zindel (Dolly Parton, Mitski, Brandi Carlile), with all proceeds going to the ACLU to fight against anti-trans legislation in the U.S.


From This Author - Michael Major


VIDEO: P!NK Shares First Look at 'Trustfall' Music VideoVIDEO: P!NK Shares First Look at 'Trustfall' Music Video
January 26, 2023

'TRUSTFALL' is the title track for her new album, set for release on February 17, 2023 via RCA Records. The single will be released at midnight tonight. Her first studio album since 2019's Hurts 2B Human, TRUSTFALL marks an exciting return to music from the celebrated artist. Watch a sneak peek video at the new single now!

Frankie Grande Returns to Host 10th Annual MUAHS Red Carpet Pre-ShowFrankie Grande Returns to Host 10th Annual MUAHS Red Carpet Pre-Show
January 26, 2023

Activist, host and performer Frankie Grande will return for the fifth year as star host of “The Red Carpet Pre-Show” at the Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS) Awards, presented by Dyson and HASK® Beauty, streaming live. Check out the streaming schedule for the upcoming pre-show!

Ina Garten's BE MY GUEST to Return With Misty Copeland, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney and Norah JonesIna Garten's BE MY GUEST to Return With Misty Copeland, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney and Norah Jones
January 26, 2023

Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, is back with new episodes of her multiplatform series Be My Guest with Ina Garten. Kicking off with a visit from renown ballerina Misty Copeland, upcoming guests also include actor, director and author Stanley Tucci, stage and screen actress Laura Linney and Grammy-winning singer songwriter Norah Jones.

Photos: First Look at THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC Season 7 ReunionPhotos: First Look at THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC Season 7 Reunion
January 26, 2023

The season includes Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon, Candiace Dillard Bassett, Dr. Wendy Osefo and Mia Thornton. Plus, friendly face Charisse Jackson Jordan returned as a friend of the cast, along with new friend Jacqueline Blake. Check out first look photos of the ladies at the reunion now!

Nuovo Testamento Share 'Heat' SingleNuovo Testamento Share 'Heat' Single
January 26, 2023

Nuovo Testamento’s latest single “Heat” is the Hi-NRG prayer at the end of a long road. It’s a driving, synth-powered battle cry on behalf of all the open hearts. The Los Angeles / Bologna based trio, Nuovo Testamento have taken over dance floors with their uniquely dark Italo disco-flavored pop hits in just a few years. Watch the video now!