Anthony Howell is an impressive young multi-instrumentalist from a little town in central Mississippi called Zama. His biggest music influences include Jens Krüger, Larry Wallace, Bill Emerson, Don Reno, Tony Rice, and Jesse McReynolds.
He started taking mandolin lessons, from Alan Sibley, at age 11 but soon progressed to the guitar and banjo by age 13. In 2015 Anthony went on to play banjo with a local band called Tyler Carroll and Pineridge for 3 years until he got offered a job with a family bluegrass band called Williamson Branch where he stayed for almost 5 years. Howell now tours with The Edgar Loudermilk Band and has since October of 2022.
During this time Anthony won 1st place at the 2015 Mississippi State Bluegrass Championships for Flatpicking Guitar and Banjo and also won 2nd place with mandolin. Additionally he was voted 2017 and 2018 Magnolia State Bluegrass Association Banjo Player of the Year and nominated for the same award for 2019. Anthony has also placed 1st in the 2021 Alabama State Banjo Championship, 3rd at the 2022 Walnut Valley National Banjo Championship, and in 2023, Howell took home 1st place in the National Banjo Championship.
With a strong right hand and creative melodic style, Anthony has a unique take on the banjo! You’re sure to enjoy his unique and fresh style of Bluegrass music!