Craig Howell - Accoustic and Electric Guitars, Lead and Harmony Vocals
Craig and his twin brother, Derek, were born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. The family lived overseas briefly in Tripoli, Libya from 1968 to 1970 and Tehran, Iran from 1974 to 1976.
Craig's musical career began early on - leading the congregational singing at his church at the age of ten. He attended Calallen High School in Corpus Christi where he was an All-District football player, a regional finalist in track, and made the all-region choir four years in a row.
Upon graduating in 1984, Craig accepted a choir scholarship to Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. Though opera and 16th century Latin pieces were challenging and certainly responsible for his extensive vocal training, Craig discovered the local honky-tonks around West Texas and thus began a love affair with traditional country music.
He'd finally graduate with a degree in Agriculture and ended up moving to New Mexico to work ranches before returning to Texas to do the same. Music was still a big part of his life, and, encouraged by friends to try music professionally, he moved to Austin in 1991. Craig made the rounds with a number of Austin bands and was eventually hired as the front man for a band called Loaded Dice. The group became the road band for MCG/Curb recording artists Blake & Brian and Craig stayed on as the rhythm guitar player for a year and a half.
It was upon his return to Austin that the foundation was laid for the Somewhere in Texas band.
He has opened for such acts as the Bellamy Brothers, Darrell Dodd, Wade Hayes, Mark Collie, Darrell Singletary, and Hank Thompson. He cites his musical influences as Johnny Bush, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Bob Wills. As the "voice" of Somewhere in Texas, Craig's heart-felt delivery, EXTREME vocal range, and a stage presence born from years of experience, all add up to a quality show.