Mike Herman | Mike Herman So-Lo

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Mike Herman So-Lo

by Mike Herman

A long time member of the acoustic blues duo The Hell Hounds - Mike is now performing solo. Mike has blended his influences of acoustic blues, bluegrass, ragtime and most recently old-timey music into a style uniquely his own.
Genre: Blues: Finger-Picked Guitar
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Catskill Mountain Home
Mike Herman Solo
2:55 $0.99
2. Lorna Lee
Mike Herman Solo
3:00 $0.99
3. Oak Tree
Mike Herman Solo
2:52 $0.99
4. Should've Listened
Mike Herman Solo
6:08 $0.99
5. Jaded Heart
Mike Herman Solo
3:43 $0.99
6. Keepin' On
Mike Herman Solo
3:19 $0.99
7. Bended Knee
Mike Herman Solo
3:32 $0.99
8. Do Rag
Mike Herman Solo
3:30 $0.99
9. Rome Burns
Mike Herman Solo
4:02 $0.99
10. Cotton Eyed Joe
Mike Herman Solo
4:27 $0.99
11. My Mind Is To Marry
Mike Herman Solo
3:20 $0.99
12. Reuben's Train
Mike Herman Solo
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Album Notes
Mike grew up on Long Island, NY. He got his first guitar at age 10 and started taking lessons. As a teenager he heard the fingerpicking guitar of Jorma Kaukonen on Hot Tuna recordings - and knew that was the style he wanted to play. Reading liner notes introduced him to the country bluesmen who recorded in the ‘20’s and ‘30’s, and he began combing through the record stores for the reissued albums of these musicians. Later on he would go to see Jorma and other contemporary artists who played this style of music every chance he got, and so began his quest to learn and play acoustic fingerstyle blues.
A Bachelors degree in music at SUNY Purchase laid a strong foundation and understanding upon which to grow. A trip through Mississippi, meeting old-timers such as country blues guitarists Jack Owens, Eugene Powell and R.L. Burnside, fostered an even deeper desire to keep the music of days gone by fresh and alive.
Family trips to the Catskill Mountains gave life to the dream of living in the country - and that dream became a reality after college. Mike moved to the Catskills, and spent the next 12 years teaching guitar and playing in the acoustic blues duo - The Hell Hounds. They recorded three of their own cd’s, and contributed on two compilations for Larchmont Recordings with other artists such as: Rhonda Vincent, Sue Foley, and Duke Robillard. They have performed at concerts, festivals, clubs and colleges up and down the East Coast and into the Midwest, and opened for notables such as Roy Bookbinder, John Hammond and Bob Margolin.
Although The Hounds have since parted - the insight into the art and business of music offered by these years was invaluable. A brief and enjoyable stint with the bluegrass band, Aurora North, aided in Mike finding his voice.
His first solo cd consists of nine originals and three traditionals. Mike has blended his influences of acoustic blues, bluegrass, ragtime and most recently old-timey music into a style uniquely his own. His originals speak of life and the trials and tribulations it may dish out. His
whole-souled talent and skill in composing is only heightened by his masterful marriage of words and music.
Mike currently teaches private lessons in Oneonta, teaches a guitar workshop at SUNY Delhi, tabs songs and offers “BluesnRags Lesson Packages” on his web site, and performs solo regularly. He enjoys a peaceful life in the mountains surrounded by the pines with his wife Lorna, a dog named Geremia, a couple of cats, and of course - his guitar.
Find out more at: www.HouseOfHermans.com



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Terry Doyle host of "Imprint" on Catskill Community Radio

Mike Herman's "So-lo" is great
After three studio CD's with the Hellhounds under his belt "So-lo" is the perfect title for Mike Herman's first CD out on his own...except for some vocal harmony arrangements from Jim Averna this CD is all Mike. The guitar work as usual is flawless, but on this CD he steps up to the mic and takes center stage. Mike penned 9 of the 12 songs on "So-lo", all which were written in the last year, but knowing Mike for well over a decade and retracing the steps these songs have been harboring for years, just waiting to be written. Pick up the CD, and if you get a chance to see him play live...do it!!!!