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Published: 2011/12/20

Jeff Howard Leaves The McLovins

Guitarist Jeff Howard will leave The McLovins at the end of the year. Howard is the youngest member of the trio, and his bandmates recently entered college near their Hartford, CT hometown. The group will continue on by adding two additional musicians. The current lineup’s final shows will take place at Manchester, CT’s The Main Pub on December 16 and Northampton, MA’s Pearl Street on December 30. A note from the band reads:

Citing the need to focus more on school and other interests, Jeff Howard, the beloved guitarist for The McLovins, will be leaving the band following their December 30th Pearl Street performance. We are sad to see our close friend and bandmate, Jeffrey, leave. He is a truly remarkable guitarist and has been an integral part of an extraordinary journey that the… McLovins embarked on three years ago. We will always share incredible memories of that journey, and we want to sincerely thank Jeffrey and wish him all the best in the future.

As The McLovins move forward, we are also excited about our new lineup for the band. Beginning December 31, the McLovins will evolve into a four member group. Seasoned guitarists Justin Berger, originally from Philadelphia, and Atticus Kelley, from New Britain, Connecticut, will join the band, bringing with them significant performance experience. Justin, who has played with bands in the Philadelphia area, is currently at the Hartt School of Music and will also be sharing singing with us on stage. Atticus, a multi-instrumentalist, is a studying at the Hartt School [where bassist Jason Ott is enrolled] as well and will also add singing depth to the group.

The band is so thankful for the love and support from the McLovins families, fans and friends who have helped to bring us to this point in just three short but amazing years. We look forward to continuing our journey, seeking venues beyond our New England base and great opportunities in 2012.

Happy Holidays and Peace to You All,
The McLovins

A video of the group’s new lineup can be found above.


There are 7 comments associated with this post

Bill Harriman December 21, 2011, 09:56:59

In my opinion Jeffrey Howard is the most talented teenage guitarist since Derek Trucks. Best of luck to Jake and Jason as they move forward with The McLovins and best of luck to the brilliant Jeff Howard as well.

David Geller (former Sound Waves writer) December 21, 2011, 11:06:42

Will miss you in the band. You’re talent was certainly a force that brought the band to all our attention. Will be tough to replace. Best of luck to the group and yourself.

Dave Robert December 21, 2011, 12:33:20

As we all understand the importance of a good education it’s hard to imagine the McLovins without Jeff. Watching you perform has been a pleasure. Best of luck to the band and see you soon we all hope Jeff.

Bilbobaggins December 22, 2011, 16:24:08

Maybe his balls will finally drop at college

bestofluck January 12, 2012, 19:09:33

Best of luck to the fellas, but man, this hurts. I followed these guys from a distance. For anyone who knows the guitar trio formula, you know how hard it is to “pull off” while hitting all the necessary fundamentals of the group ensemble; and these kids had it! No small achievement for a group of musicians, any age, let alone teenagers.
Like I said, best of luck, but these guys just went from a one of a kind band with national possibilities, to just another two guitar noodle outfit, that plays behind the tempo and is driven by clanky chord changes, as opposed to a driving rhythm section.

Broken Lizard January 31, 2012, 15:15:22

Hate to break it to you kids, but Jeff was the band. That little bastard ripped. Not sayin you guys aren’t talented as well, but he was the focal point of the band. Without him it’s over…

phishpac April 3, 2012, 20:42:15

wow. i remember these guys being a big deal on PT a while back. crazy the guitarist left. hope they’re all doing well. conference callers are weirdos!

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