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Ernie Hawkins

August 06, 2010
8:00 PM


For many years Ernie Hawkins has been playing concerts, clubs, blues and folk festivals, workshops, colleges, museums, parties, fist fights and millennium celebrations in the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe and at every stop in the road from A Prairie Home Companion to Antone’s to the Madrid Jazz Festival. He has played with blues greats such as Son House, Mance Lipscomb, Fred McDowell, Jim Brewer, Rev. Gary Davis and many others.

Ernest Leroy Hawkins was born in Pittsburgh PA in 1947. In the ’50s he had a paper route, a beagle, and a Roy Rodgers harmonica (which he still has somewhere).

Hawkins first learned country guitar, mandolin, banjo and bones from a guy named Pete who worked on his Uncle’s farm. Pete had come up playing with the Lilly Brothers, and had rambled around the country – taking a 30-year detour down whiskey lane that landed him in a cabin on the farm as property caretaker… and becoming a primary musical mentor to Ernie.

“Man, I love Ernie Hawkins. Each disc impresses me more and more. There are very few individuals who play this stuff and make it real. Fingerstylist Hawkins is one of the great joys of guitar. He is plain and simple, a master.” –John Heidt Vintage Guitar

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