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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Hawkeye Herman Update

Ex Iowan Hawkeye Herman sent me an email about some new music and videos of his that are available. Please check him out.

Greetings Blues Friends,

You can now view the recently aired PBS/"Oregon Art Beat" video segment with
Hawkeye (Blues In The Schools program/residency) and students (at Eagle Rock
Elem., Eagle Point, OR) on

The previous version of this video was somewhat edited ... this is the
complete segment ... but is still brief, at only about 9 minutes long.

(The end credits ... with the children singing and dancing is the really
'feel good'/ favorite part).

I do hope you'll take a few moments to check it out. Very much appreciated.

Thanks so much for your time and blues educational consideration.

Cheers and Best Wishes,

Hawkeye Herman
Iowa Blues Hall of Fame (2004)
Blues Foundation's 1998 "Keeping The Blues Alive" Award recipient for
achievement in education (Hawkeye has presented his in-school blues program
for 30
years, in over 500 schools (all levels), in 22 states, 5 countries, and to
1/2 million students ... and more to come.)
... also:

Victory Music
The Northwest's Acoustic Music Magazine
Dec. 2007

Michael "Hawkeye" Herman: Live In Concert
Topaz Productions

Longtime Northwest favorite, by way of the Quad Cities (IA/IL), Hawkeye
Herman is here captured on video for those who haven’t had the chance to see him in
person. Understand, seeing him in person ought to be a personal priority,
because Hawkeye is a captivating performer. He’s a Blues guitar master, having
grown up just in time to learn from the original ghoats back in the Windy City,
then move to the San Francisco Bay Area in the late ‘60s to absorb the nascent
West Coast Blues, and he tells this story while demonstrating those styles.
Hawkeye is a master storyteller, too, and much of his show is chatting and
spinning yarns over some chords, like a long, streaming talkin’ blues. He’s
erudite and very funny, with a droll delivery and an expressive mug, but under the
fun there’s also a passionate social activist. His rap is laced with political
barbs and wry commentary, and the concluding piece on this video is his take
on Hurricane Katrina. He’s a man with a message, and one remarkable discovery
the viewer will make is that this DVD, in addition to being great
entertainment, is pretty instructional, too – you learn a lot of history and politics,
plus you can see his fingers and frets clearly enough to cop some licks! The
production quality is modest, with a slight graininess and a single-camera view
enlivened by occasional zooms, but who needs to count the hairs in his beard
from every angle? The sound is fine, the performances are marvelous (there are
two hour-long shows here, plus the Katrina video), and you’ll want to watch it
again and again. (Tom Petersen)
You can see/hear many of the songs on the new Hawkeye DVD for free at;

Order here:

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