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Hawkeye Herman News

Hawkeye Herman photoGreetings 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 youtube.com:


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 - www.HawkeyeHerman.com
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 over 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 DVD-0200 www.hawkeyeherman.com

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; http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Hawkeye

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