The ______ will host an evening with Ernie Hawkins, internationally
renowned acoustic guitar virtuoso, at _________.
For many years Hawkins has been playing concerts, clubs,
festivals, colleges, museums and other celebrations in the
United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. He has played with
blues greats such as SonHouse, Mance Lipscomb, Fred McDowell,
Jim Brewer and Rev. Gary Davis.
Born in Pittsburgh in 1947, he first learned country guitar,
mandolin, banjo and bones from a man named Pete who worked
on his uncle's farm. Pete had played 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 a primary musical mentor to Hawkins.
Hawkins was already playing blues as a teenager when he
heard a man passing through town play Davis' Let Us Get
Together. He was hooked them and forever on country blues
and ragtime guitar players like Davis, Blind Willie McTell,
Blind Blake, Willie Johnson, Skip James, John Hurt and Leadbelly.
After high school, Hawkins moved to New York City with only
one purpose - to study with Davis. In 1969, he moved back
home, enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh and earned
a degree in philosophy. During this time, Hawkins played
with Niles Jones, a blues player living in the city who
was "rediscovered" in the 1990's as Guitar Gabriel.
In 1973 Hawkins moved to Dallas for graduate school and
earned a doctorate in phenomenological psychology. There
he learned the music of Texas blues players such as Lemon
Jefferson, Funny Papa Smith, Henry Thomas and Lightnin'
In the early 1980's, Hawkins recorded his first solo album
of Ragtime guitar, Ragtime Signatures. His second CD, Blues
Advice, was dedicated to the memory of his teacher, Davis,
on the occasion of the centennial of his birth. Bluesified,
Mean Little Poodle, Rags & Bones, and Whinin' Boy, Ernie's
latest CDs, are garnering worldwide acclaim. Bluesified
routinely plays in a local hospital in the preemie and chemotherapy
units. Whinin' Boy, recorded with a band, has been nominated
for two Independent Music Awards.
"Ernie Hawkins has been on the cusp of a major breakthrough
for a number of years. "Whinin' Boy" should be
the record that provides the final push." Leicesterbangs.co.uk
For ten years, Hawkins played electric guitar with the Blue
Bombers, one of Pittsburgh's favorite R & B bands. Hawkins
has recorded instructional dvds for Stefan Grossman on Texas
blues man Mance Lipscomb, the Atlanta 12-string master Blind
Willie McTell, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Bill Broonzy, Louis
Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke and ten dvds teaching the guitar
of Rev. Gary Davis. For Homespun Tapes he has filmed several
dvds on guitar theory. He has been featured in SingOUT!,
Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Guitar, Dirty Linen, Blues Revue
and Fingerstyle Guitar.
Hawkins is a Commonwealth Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities
"Ernie Hawkins is an important link in the unbroken
chain of blues and gospel artists. His guitaristry and love
of the style is incomparable. From the Rev. Gary Davis into
the future with his own style Ernie is one of the special
ones!" Jorma Kaukonen
Tickets are $____. For more information call _______.