Banjo, guitar, vocals
1978 to present
Jim Cullum first heard Howard Elkins playing in El Paso, Texas in 1978. Howard joined the band the next day and he has been holding down the guitar/banjo chair in the group ever since. Howard proved to be a rhythm guitarist par excellence and provides rock-solid time to the band’s rhythm section. He is the composer of the Riverwalk Jazz theme “Nightspell.” Elkins plays a 1920s vintage Epiphone archtop, four-string tenor guitar and a 1930s Gibson tenor banjo. When he’s not working with the band Howard enjoys tending his ten-acre pecan grove southwest of San Antonio.