They like me, they really like … him

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 9, 2003

"We love you Howie," one lady from the audience shouted as I positioned myself to photograph the singer approaching the stage.

"How sweet," I thought. "I have a fan."

Then, as the singer reached the stage, I realized his name was Howie as well. Howie Damron.

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Now, that name sounded familiar. Perhaps it was from all those times I had been asked the preposterous question of if I was related to him, as if

it could be presumed two people could be related by having the same first name.

Oddly enough, I have also been asked from time to time if I was related to another local singer, Lee McCormack. Even though Lee spells his last name with an "a" where I spell mine with an "i," it is still a much more respectable question.

The whole thing just seemed kind of funny to me because rarely are there two Howies in one place. If my name was Joe Smith, then I might come to expect that from time to time.

We will now return to the story about Howie Damron.

Damron's song Tuesday was "Freedom Bell." It is a song he wrote just days ago after pulling over on the side of State Route 7.

If you missed Damron Tuesday and would like a chance to hear his new song, he will be performing again at 8:00 p.m. Friday night with his daughter Karisa in the grandstand at the Lawrence County Fair.