the Blues Alive
Blues musician Michael "Hawkeye" Herman has been named
recipient of the Blues Foundation's 1998 "Keeping the Blues
Alive" Award for achievement in education. The honor will
be presented at the KBA Awards Banquet, on Friday, May 1st, 1998,
in Memphis, TN, as part of the Handy Awards Weekend.
Herman has been a professional musician for over thirty years,
touring extensively throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, performing
at festivals, in concert, and in clubs. His recently released CD, "Blues
Alive!", has garnered rave reviews in the major blues and
folk publications, and was named by many as one of the best blues
albums of 1997.
His selection for the "Keeping the Blues Alive" Award
is the result of 16 years of dedication to bringing blues music
to students of all ages through his "Blues in the Schools" program
and his helping initiate such programs for blues societies, as
well as educational workshops at blues and folk festivals.
Hawkeye has reached out to a diversity of students, from pre-school
to the college level. The list of institutions that have benefited
from his presentations ranges from Stanford, Colorado, and Arkansas
State Universities, to elementary, junior and senior high schools
in his home area of the Quad Cities, along the Mississippi River
in Iowa and Illinois. He credits the support of blues clubs and
societies, like the Mississippi Valley Blues Society in Davenport,
IA, for the rise in interest in blues music, and for helping to
bring "the watershed of American popular music" to young
"My mission is to let young folks know that the blues is
an important aspect of American music history, influencing other
styles of music in the past, right up to the present," Herman
states. "Blues is the real deal, the story of the human experience,
and that will always hold a place in the hearts and minds of the
people. I'm trying to ensure, through my educational programs and
workshops, that future generations are aware of their own rich
"The personal satisfaction of doing what I love, combined
with reaching out to people, are wonderful rewards in themselves.
I am most honored, grateful, and encouraged to be recognized for
my efforts by the Blues Foundation."
Blues In The Schools