I guess you'd call what he does folk music or Americana or early Blues; truthfully, he blends so many elements in his artistry, it defies labels. Is "happy music" a genre? Not stupid happy, genuinely happy. The AMG on a previous emission: http://www.allmusic.com/album/since-...t-mw0001956406 Ron Weinstock's blog review of his latest: http://inabluemood.blogspot.com/2014...ve-i-will.html and a bio: http://www.last.fm/music/Steve+Howell/+wiki << Hint: Texas man first to last.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjno1kaNaF8 << plays like he wrote it...and lived it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIQ2IymlPtk << from the same gig
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXuMgv3fNKs <<...and this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJm1sNUkr2U <<..and this again on National Steel reso << a Big Bill Broonzy song that a bunch of others have done
Need to be careful with his name--a skateboarder, a real estate pimp and others share it.