Entries by tycrawford

Howlin’ Kitty Artist Inspires College Scholarship

Playing music is a passion for many, but only a few make it a career. For many other musicians, they know all about the power of music to move people, build connections and break down barriers, but they also know they shouldn’t quit their day job. These are the kind of students who will find […]

Carbon Fiber vs. Wood Acoustic Guitars

I am a little over 70 years old, a child of the 60’s, and up until recently an unabashed fan of solid wood dreadnaught guitars. I have owned (or presently own) a Martin D18, a Martin HD28, an Alverez MD60, a Takamine F350-M, and an Art & Lutherie HG Hi Gloss. My first step away […]

Howlin’ Kitty Music’s secret weapon

So who is Ty Crawford? Simply put, he is Howlin’ Kitty Music’s secret weapon. Without his talent as a graphic designer, website developer, photographer, animator, and cinematographer, Howlin’ Kitty Music would be a feeble, pathetic shadow of its current self. He single-handedly designed our logo, developed our website, created our social media presence, and produced […]

Cigar Box Joy

Cigar Box Joy! Larry Cuddy, a cigar box guitar maker from Washington PA, and friend of Howlin’ Kitty Music, creates hand made cigar box guitars that are absolutely superb in their craftsmanship and wonderfully playable. Each one is an original work of art, right down to his hand crafted fretboards. His selection of woods and […]

Playmakers putting Pittsburgh on the musical map

Some record labels are foregoing physical media entirely. A new local roots-music label, Howlin Kitty Music (howlinkittymusic.com), began in earnest when Mike McCauley retired. “What makes us a little more special is that we’re only selling downloads,” says McCauley, 71. “The startup and production costs are much lower. When you’re dealing with downloads you’re dealing […]

New ‘Open Mic’ in Carnegie draws performers and audience

Performers in all genres and talent levels are laying down the sound in monthly “open mic” sessions at the Church of Atonement in Carnegie. The Artists of Atonement Open Mic, as the group is officially known, held the first of its monthly get-togethers on Dec. 3 with 14 performers. By the time the second open […]

IN Community Magazine

After a 26-year hiatus from song writing, Mike McCauley never thought he would create his own music label. McCauley fell in love with roots music growing up in West Virginia. He remembers listening to adults playing the banjo and singing. McCauley learned to play the banjo at age 10 and picked up the guitar as […]