30 November--Read Jason's commentary in the New York Times about the Gatlinburg wildfires: "Fire on the Mountains"
28 November--Jason's essay "Heart Burial" has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize
15 November--"Heart Burial," Jason's latest essay about Anne Boleyn, is published in the Bellingham Review
14 November--Read Jason's commentary in Salon on Hillary Clinton's election defeat: "A Rural Man Grieves Her Defeat"
25 February--Jason interviews literary sensation Garth Greenwell for Salon about his debut novel What Belongs to You
25 December--Jason interviews beloved singer-songwriter Carly Simon for Salon about her new bestselling memoir Boys in the Trees
14 April--Jason's essay "The Fog Walker" is published in Lumina Journal
29 March--The Bowling Green Daily News calls A Few Honest Words "captivating"
26 February--An MFA student responds to Jason's recent lecture on Anne Boleyn and the Muse at the Bluegrass Writers Studio's MFA residency
20 January--Jason calls musical evolution "the lifeblood of roots music" in a Lexington Herald-Leader op-ed
13 January--A Few Honest Words has just been released in paperback. Pick up your copy at your local indie bookshop or via online retail outlets.
Praise For A Few Honest Words
“A thoughtful and important book. It’s tremendously satisfying that specific areas of the South are receiving their due attention. Kentucky has given so much to the landscape of American music.”
--Rosanne Cash, Grammy-winning songwriter and author of the bestselling memoir Composed
“Kentucky inspired Stephen Foster, America’s first professional songwriter, and gave birth to Bill Monroe, Lionel Hampton, Rosemary Clooney, and scores of headlining artists in every genre of music. Jason Howard’s A Few Honest Words illustrates Kentucky’s harvest of gifted musicians continue well into the era of hip-hop, jam bands, and all your various indies and alts. Howard’s knowledge of love of music brighten the narrative as these wonderful artists tell their stories.”
--Bob Edwards, host of The Bob Edwards Show and Bob Edwards Weekend on Sirius XM radio, and author of A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio
“Jason Howard has gathered up all those sweet Kentucky sounds and brought them home to a reunion. A Few Honest Words is like a country-folk music festival in prose.”
--Michael Streissguth, author of Johnny Cash: The Biography
“An important contribution to the wider conversation about what qualifies as contemporary American roots music and what it means for music to communicate a sense of place in our profoundly uprooted time.”
--Jewly Hight, author of Right By Her Roots: Americana Women and Their Songs