Tommy (C. Thomas) Howell, known for bringing one of film’s most legendary characters to life (“Ponyboy” from The Outsiders) is thrilled to make his musical debut with first single “Rose Hill” out September 16, 2022. Penned by Howell, the song is a tribute to the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band and one of their stomping grounds, the Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, GA.
A history buff, Howell was moved to write “Rose Hill'' after a life-changing visit to the historic Macon, GA cemetery where The Allman Brothers used to hang out, and Allman members Duane and Gregg Allman, and Berry Oakley, and Otis Redding are buried. On a musical pilgrimage to explore the roots of the Allmans, he spent time absorbing the vibes on the beautiful grounds and channeling their spirits, envisioning them still gathering there and playing together for eternity.
“I’m proud of “Rose Hill,” states Howell. “Even if people don’t know the history, there could be enough there that would make them want to look into it. The people that do know the history may be inspired to go to Macon and soak it all in.”
Although he’s best recognized for his esteemed acting career, Howell has long yearned for an opportunity to pursue his passion for music. While on break from filming, the long-time creative began to focus more closely on his songwriting. Working with some of Nashville’s elite musicians (Zachariah Malachi and Sweepy Walker) and famed producer Dean Miller, son of country music legend Roger Miller, Tommy wrote and recorded the new project. Howell’s songs explore his rich, unfolding journey through personal stories. His music is gritty and poetic – Sam Elliott crossed with Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers mixed with Kris Kristofferson.
“Rose Hill'' is the first song to be released off Howell’s upcoming EP. Tommy Howell is bringing “An Evening of Music & Storytelling'' to select stages in Fall 2022.
About Tommy Howell
Tommy “C. Thomas” Howell is a country / Americana singer/songwriter, known for his esteemed 40-year acting, producing, and directing career ranging from the Outsiders to the upcoming Netflix series Obliterated. Based in Nashville, TN, Howell has recorded his debut project with award-winning producer Dean Miller. In between filming, Tommy performs riveting concerts combining storytelling and music. Learn more at www.tommyhowellmusic.com