MUSIC, COMEDY and MORE
TRUST ME, YOU'LL LIKE IT
Indie Music Stop
This release is loaded with 45 minutes of music that blends satire and comedy with rock, country
and folk styles of music. All the songs are well put together with great music and cleverly written
aging softball players. The CD does take a more serious tone on several of the songs that deal
with dating and love. Instruments like the flute, clarinet, saxophone, banjo, mandolin and others
that really add a fresh finished sound to the songs.
I really recommend you get this CD and give it a listen. It works well on so many different musical
Trust Me, You’ll Like It is funny, sometimes poignant, and entertaining. It runs the gamut from
bizarre (an ode to former Red Sox first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz) to sweet ("Middle Age Love"),
with all stops in between. Some might almost call this a comedy record, but I think a better
assessment would be to say that Howie Newman is a musician who tells you some funny stories
Most anyone over 30 will understand the sentiment of "Weekend Warrior," whether you are one
or not. "Never Say Never" is a look at growing up, and how we sometimes we pass by our
greatest pleasures in the name of being mature. Re-discovering those pleasures can re-kindle the
fire for life.
Trust Me, You'll Like It is a mirror in which we all might find a little of ourselves, our family, and our
day-to-day. The music is excellent and Newman has put together one of the best backing bands in
the Boston scene. The songs are funny and warm. You’ll find yourself pulling this disc out from time
to time when you need a step back. Definitely a keeper!
Boy, was he ever right! Whimsical Boston troubadour Howie Newman is a scream, particularly if
you are 40-something. He has a special talent for expressing those things that we often think but
rarely discuss or are too polite to bring up.
"Everybody's Talking on the Phone," he observes, but goes on to wonder what the heck all these
people have to discuss. He also grumps, amusingly, about Boston traffic, and snow. The best, and
funniest, songs are about the slow escape of youth.
The temptation is to cut up the lyric sheet (included) and mail the various songs to friends to whom
the subjects apply - with the rest staying on the fridge at home. Newman has been getting some
spins on Dr. Demento and Mad Man Moskowitz, but you gotta get the whole record. Trust me.
Howie Newman is tuneful and tasty with a wry sense of humor. Not only that, but his CD is
perfectly round. I particularly enjoyed the hole in the center.
Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange (FAME)
Mark S. Tucker
The thing about Howie Newman is that he's of a Martin Mull-ish bent: He’s a slice of, and satire on,
middle America. Featured on the CD is the more-than-tasty guitar work of Duke Levine, who played
with Mary Chapin Carpenter and is currently gigging with Aimee Mann.
Recessed in the background is Paul Kochanski's unobtrusive but spot-on bass quitar. Jim
Gambino's piano makes me thirsty for a Beck's draft straight from the tap. Mostly, this is gently
humorous good-timey folk-rock with a number of cool one-liners (“you don't have to shovel rain”)
and mellow listenability. Nice instrumental progression in the middle eight, too. My favorite?
"Pushin' 30" but there are several standouts.