I have expanded this page to include the newer music I have worked on from the "Going With The Flow" album by "The Mighty Rivers Project" from 2016.
There are also songs from my home recorded project titled "Tales From The Single Wide"!
My 45rpm vinyl from 1986!
Gary Nilsen's recording of our song "Noises In His Head" recorded at his Sojourn Studio in Stevens Point, WI. (1988). This was donated to the Wisconsin Vietnam memorial in Neilsville, WI.
Singer/songwriter James Stanley Howen (Jimmy to his
friends) has many years of performing both in bands
and as an acoustic artist behind him. While playing
the songs of some of the greatest singer/songwriters
in the American tradition like John Prine, Rodney
Crowell and Merle Haggard has influenced his original
music, Jimmy has found his own voice as singer and
songwriter. The sounds of Americana, Classic Country
and Southern Rock all make their marks on Jimmy's
On his first full length CD, Jimmy presents a serie
of songs written by him, lyricist Harry Hamm and
producer Donny Weber. From the timeless imagery of
"Where the Mighty Rivers Meet," to the humor of
"Beside Myself" and "Some Guys Have All the Luck" and
the reflections of "I Owe it All to You" and "Too Late
to Say I Love You," Jimmy and Harry's songs cover the
emotional gamut. The mix of traditional acoustic
instruments with modern electronics reflect Jimmy's
roots in the American tradition and his openness to
new experiences and influences.....Mark Douglas Marti 6/15/05.
Purchase the whole Side By Side album as MP3 download at......http://cdbaby.com/cd/jshowen
You may contact me at...... www.jamesstanleyhowen.com
This Here County Jail - Mark Hoekstra vocals
From the "Going With The Flow" album by "The Mighty Rivers Project" Golden Kayak winner for best blues in 2016!
She Smiles At Me - Otis McLennon vocals
You Left Me Blue - Don Dietsche vocals
Slow To Change - Ruthy Christy vocals
Where The Mighty Rivers Meet - Barry Myers vocals
A Tragic Love Story! "Spirits of two lovers and a baby fast asleep"
She's Sad And Lonely - Otis McLennon vocals
Stay Won't You Stay - Don Dietsche vocals
Dreams Of A Boy - Jimmy Howen vocals
2016 Nominated for a Golden Kayak Award for best country song.
I'm Running Away - Jimmy Howen vocals
"I'm out on the night road" "I'm Running away"
Where The Mighty Rivers Meet
A song of tragic love set in ancient American Indian lore for the telling around the campfire. This song was nominated on IAC Music for best country song of 2007.
Truckin' Song all the way!
Side By Side
This song is about family and the hopes and dreams!
I Owe It All To You - w/Lisa Hannon
This is a very heartfelt song that Harry Hamm wrote the lyrics to and it is dedicated to his wonderful wife Arlene.
What Grandpa Said
This is the first song co-written with Harry Hamm that resulted in the "Side By Side" CD project. This is a song about what Harry's grandpa use to say!
Some Guys (Have All The Luck)
A story song about the dream.
A humorous outlook on life!
Slow To Change
A song about a lost in time.
We'll Dance - w/Lisa Hannon
Lets dance and romance!
The Has-Been (That Never Was)
Another Harry Hamm/Jimmy Howen song about as country as it gets.
Too Late (To Say I Love You)
A song of regret.
Eulogy of time passing you by.
Trailer Trash is what she said!
She's Sad And Lonely
Prisoner Of My Heart
Heart Broke Trucker Song!
I Had It In For Him
Tongue in cheek (adult country comedy)
I Just Might Be Dying - (written by M.J.Howen)
Runnin' your mouth! Written by Mickey John Howen
A Fatherless Child
Child without! Bad Dads!
She Smiles At Me
Songbird Singing (Roxy's Song)
Love the child!
Noises In His Head (Gary Nilsen vocals)
Dreams Of A Boy (1986 45 rpm vinyl "A" Side)
My Grandfather's Home (1986 45rpm "B" side vinyl)
I wrote this song for my wonderful grandpa who passed many years ago.
8/7/2018 5:27:19 PM
You Have always been that light of support Jimmy and I do appreciate it.
I just reissued/uploaded Silver Screen and your Bass sounds great. Thanks for filling in on that Bow N Arrow Bands Tune. Be well
10/20/2017 11:51:14 PM
Thanks Jimmy, Music in any key is always the right choice. Wishing you well in it.
2/6/2017 8:38:19 AM
Many thanks for your comment on my page, Jimmy, and for your great support and wonderful friendship through the years.
Congratulations again to Mark Hoekstra for winning the Golden Kayak for 2016 Best Blues Song and to you on your nomination for Best Country Song for your great song, "Dreams of a Boy".
Congratulations are in high order to you as well for assembling the amazing group of artists / musicians along with yourself for The Mighty Rivers Project and for your special role and part in writing the songs for the album project, and for dominating the IMP charts for weeks with many of the songs on the album.
The CD is on autoplay here, and has been and continues to be greatly enjoyed many times over. It is a classic, Jimmy, just like you in every respect.
12/24/2016 6:14:24 PM
Thank you Jimmy for your kind words and Christmas/New Years good wishes on my page.
Best wishes, Merry Christmas and all the very best in the New Year to you and Kelly and all in your family. I'm lovin' the songs and music on your Mighty Rivers Project. Well done buddy!
Here's hoping a couple of Golden Kayaks land on The Mighty Rivers Project page!!
12/22/2016 8:07:52 AM
Congratulation's Songwriter and to all The Mighty Rivers Project Artists for being a 2016 Golden Kayak Nominee(s). I am inspired by your hard work and the Love you express in music. Happy Holidays and the very best of the new year.
12/16/2015 2:40:44 AM
Feel like I got a brother up there in the north country. God bless you and all yours through the Holidays and beyond!
12/11/2015 11:36:36 AM
Hello Jimmy. Happy Christmas for you and your family. God bless your way forever. Take care
11/29/2015 9:50:38 PM
Yes, another year has come and gone all but for December arriving tomorrow.
I hope the year has been good to you and yours Jimmy and that the New Year brings you peace, love, good health and happiness - and music. The special friendship we have shared since first meeting on MySpace almost 10 years ago - can you believe that - 10 years!! - has meant the world to me and will be treasured for as long as I live.
2016 is going to be a busy year for me - I'll be releasing three new albums at different times throughout the year (all being recorded simultaneously as we speak) and it looks like finally my novel will also be published next year. Now if only I could aim my wagon west and meet up with you and Roy and Les, we could make the Fireside Cowboys dream become a reality.
I know it will happen Jimmy - one day the stars will line up and we'll meet somewhere in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains or where the mighty rivers meet, maybe even where the restless wind blows warm all through the night ... and we will have the time of our lives.
Until then buddy, keep the dream alive and keep writing and singing those great songs that come from your heart.
Merry Christmas ... luv ya Jimmy.
12/6/2014 10:56:11 AM
Happy Holidays to You and Kelly Jimmy. SINGING my heart out brother :).
11/29/2014 8:32:48 PM
Thank you Jimmy for stopping by my page and for your holiday wishes.
May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace and fill your soul with the beauty and wonder of life.
3/12/2014 4:17:34 PM
Great to see your song "My Grandfather's Home" on the KIAC Hitline, Jimmy.
It's a great song buddy - a classic ... one of my favourites by a first class artist.
6/19/2012 6:48:07 AM
Thanks My Brother from another Mother. Enjoying your tunes this fine day. Have a great Birthday that is just around the corner. Keep up that fine talent.
4/18/2012 6:27:12 PM
Thanks for the kind words, and for the station add... much appreciated. Congrats on your Kayak nomination!
3/7/2012 8:00:36 AM
Thank you for stopping by my page and for your kind words, your friendship and your support - all greatly appreciated.
And thank you for your songs and music - born in your soul and sung from your heart.
1/11/2012 3:16:30 AM
Jimmy, Thanks for the well wishes for the Holidays. I did have a great time in Denver. Home now. Can't wait to get together this spring, I am looking forward to it. Happy New Year to both You and Kelly, I hope it is full of great times and special memories. Play well songwriter, talk to you soon. peace and love
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