VIRGIL & STEVE HOWE To Release Lunar Mist Album In September; Title Track Music Video Posted
July 22, 2022, 3 weeks ago
Steve Howe, legendary guitarist with YES, is pleased to announce the release of Lunar Mist – the second collaboration with his late son, Virgil Howe, who tragically passed away in 2017. Continuing his journey that is fuelled by the love and energies he draws from his wife Jan and their family, a passion for the guitar, and of course, the never-ending drive to create and perform music, Lunar Mist will be launched on September 23. Watch the video for the album’s title track below.
Crafted using Virgil’s unreleased material that had a connection in spirit to their debut collaboration Nexus, Steve compiled everything together in January 2021 to start work. Stemming from an unreleased bonus track, titled "Lunar Mist:, from their debut album, Steve worked at expanding on Virgil’s musical ideas.
As Steve explains: “I started by writing chord charts for all the other tunes, before adding guitars and bass guitars to embellish them and bring them to completion. In the most part I kept them as he’d written them but sometimes I expanded them with further ideas and improvisation.”
The result is an album that is unique in both musicians body of work. “Virgil shows some different musical characteristics here that were such a joy to play on. There’s more of his great drumming and a broader inventiveness in his compositions” says Steve.
The album will be available on Limited CD Digipak, 180g Black LP + CD & Digitally, all adorned with a front cover painting by Virgil’s daughter Zuni. Pre-order here.
"More Than You Know"
"A Month In The Sun"
"As If Between"
"Lunar Mist" video:
Music has been a constant in Steve Howe’s life. In the sixties, he made a name for himself as guitarist of psychedelic pioneers Tomorrow. Joining YES in the seventies, he helped propel that band to progressive rock superstardom. The eighties found Steve at the top the charts once again as a founding member of supergroup Asia, and later, GTR. Concurrently, Steve developed a brilliant solo career, performing and honing his skills as a producer, releasing more than twenty albums. Together with wife Jan, he’s raised a family, and steered side projects with son Dylan in The Steve Howe Trio.
Steve Howe’s creative passion has put him on a lifelong journey on pathways, ranging from jazz, blues and classical, to folk, bluegrass and rock. His prolific solo career defies easy categorization, making each new album a venture into genre-bending territory that always bears his inimitable imprimatur. Always pushing forward with studio craft and virtuosity, each of his albums reflects the insights he has gathered along the way.