BOY HOWDY was nominated for "Outstanding New Recording - Male" by Outmusic in 2003. It's been getting press like this:
Your tracks have such huge exuberance, originality and sheer joie de vivre I was grinning all over my face with enjoyment. – TOM ROBINSON, BBC6
How many songwriters these days are actually witty? Boy Howdy is hilarious and has been glued to my CD players for a week. And not only do you get great lyrics, but also fabulous sax arrangements and back-up vocals. It's mostly euphoric but has some richly emotional moments, such as the unlisted last track – a deranged classic. This is something that I can play to my muso friends, my gay friends and my friends who appreciate quality and need to know that an insane homosexual pop star with a rough-and-ready voice and a drum machine is making some of the most interesting stuff around.
-- ROBERT FARRAR, psychodrome.co.uk
Not since, maybe, Randy Newman, have I heard a body of work so packed with unique songs. -- MITCH GALLOB, Streeter Music
"What's Not To Like?"
If Leonard Cohen had a younger, gay brother with a polar opposite worldview of his older, gloomier big bro, an ear for melodies, an arch and witty way with a lyric and a mean-fingerpickin', folk/rock style on guitars, and let him run loose in the studio, BOY HOWDY would be the end result! Catchy love songs about ex-boyfriends and dating new ones? Who'da THUNK??? But there's so much more to this album than just that. Nope, Jay is no Pavarotti, but with songs this good, you'll be paying much more attention to the self-effacing wit and heartfelt touches he applies; from the jaunty "MY RAY" and the infectious call-and-response/jockboy vibe of "I LIKE MIKE", to the surprisingly touching message behind "POSITIVE," and the sad sweetness of "LULLABY FOR BEA," and the hopefulness of "YOU WILL LOVE AGAIN." No matter who you are and who you happen to be in love (or lust) with right at this moment, one listen to Jay's debut and the only thing you'll be asking yourself about this guy is "What's Not To Like?"
By dcscribe (Arlington, VA.)
Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jay Spears is just the kind of troubadour that the gay world needs. The comical slice-of-life pieces on Spears' acclaimed debut, "Boy Howdy", perfectly capture his easygoing West Coast sensibility. The classic guy's guy, Spears writes and sings from a jockish, happy-go-lucky perspective. -- JASON ROUSH, Aug. 28 Bay Windows, "New England's Largest Gay & Lesbian Newspaper"
Boy Howdy is a cheering affirmation of gay love. -- JASON VICTOR SERINUS (The New York Blade)
My musical style is eclectic in the extreme. Song-writing-wise, I call myself “the gay love-child of Randy Newman and Tom Waits.”
I have a lot of fun when I play live here in L.A. You should see the audience’s jaws drop when, after hearing a bunch of other guys’ music, I get up there and haul off with “My Ray”!
released August 13, 2002
Recorded & mixed by J.D. Salbego at Sound Force, Van Nuys, CA
except "My Ray" and "You Will Love Again" recorded by David Hoyt
Mastered by J.D. Salbego at Poyel Studios, Hollywood, CA
Drum programming by J.D. Salbego
Electric lead guitar by David Hoyt
Saxes by Jacky Klinek
Annie Combs sings "You Will Love Again"
BG vocals by J.D. Salbego on "I Like Mike", "Cryin' Over Brian", and "Oh Hell"
Music & lyrics, guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, & mouth organ by Jay Spears
Words and music by Jay Spears, ASCAP
© p 2002 Jay Spears Music