Easton, PA's Greg Howe was a breath of fresh air amidst the seemingly
never-ending stream of harmonic minor guitar virtuosos pouring forth from
the Shrapnel Records label in the late '80s. While other post-Yngwie Malmsteen
players of the "shred guitar" genre were pursuing the dramatic
neo-classical vein, Howe brought a sense of funk and groove to the table
that was sorely needed. Howe paid his dues playing the Easton/Allentown
club circuit in the '80s with the band Duke, featuring his brother Al
on lead vocals. When one of his instrumental demos grabbed the ear of
talent scout and Shrapnel Records owner Mike Varney, Howe was signed to
the Shrapnel label in 1987.
Howe released Introspection in 1993 and Uncertain Terms in 1994 and has continued to produce albums at a prolific rate since then. Aside from releasing Parallax and Five in 1995 and 1996, respectively, Howe collaborated with fellow Pennsylvania virtuoso and Shrapnel labelmate Richie Kotzen on the Tilt album in 1995 and again on 1997's Richie Kotzen/Greg Howe Project. His last Shrapnel album, Ascend, was released in 1999, followed by his debut on the Tone Center label, Hyperacuity, released in 2000.
Outside of his solo career, Greg Howe is also a sought-after sideman
who has toured with the likes of Michael Jackson and N'Sync.