When the group disbanded, Howle embarked on a solo career, beginning with a live album recorded at the University of South Carolina's McKissick Museum. She soon formed the backing band The Tantrums, featuring John Furr on guitar and Bryan Williams on bass (both formerly members of the band Blightobody), and Troy Tague on drums, who was once a drummer for Lay Quiet Awhile and now plays for Iron & Wine. Dan Cook, meanwhile, formed another critically acclaimed band, The Verna Cannon. Howle has earned comparisons to Flannery O'Connor, Patsy Cline, and Nina Simone. She has earned praise from Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, who released four of her albums on her indie label Daemon Records, and tapped her for backup on 2 songs on her 2001 solo album "Stag." Ani DiFranco called Howle "a melodically nimble being." She has toured with DiFranco, the Indigo Girls, and Elliott Smith, and played some second-stage dates on Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair, as well as opening for Bob Dylan in Columbia.
She has also released records on Simple Machines, Edisto Records, and Kill Rock Stars. In 2001, she began doing educational shows and programming at high schools and universities around the country, including Penn State University and the College of Charleston. Her songs have also been included in documentaries and other films, including "Glissando," "The Station Agent," and "Intentions." In 2010, Howle started producing records. She produced the album "Tripping Over Nothing" by NY band A Fragile Tomorrow, and is currently producing a record for Myrtle Beach band Ten Toes Up. Read more on Last.fm.
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