Saturday, February 7, 2009

Al Hawkes Earns Boston Bluegrass Union Heritage Award

From the Boston Bluegrass Union press release:
Al Hawkes has contributed to bluegrass and country music in nearly every possible
capacity. In 1956 in Westbrook, Maine, he founded Event Records and released
early recordings by such key artists as The Lilly Brothers and Don Stover,
Charlie Bailey (of the Bailey Brothers), Dick Curless, and many more. Born in
1930, Hawkes formed his first band in high school, singing and playing an array
of stringed instruments. To this day, he continues to be an active performer,
and has received over 25 awards. In addition to releasing a number of important
recordings on Event, Hawkes is one of the foremost record collectors in New
England, whose archive includes over 40,000 45s, 78s, and LPs.
- John C.L. Morgan

Hat tip: John Trout's Bluegrass World

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

al hawkes has style and class- a true westbrook gem- we are fortunate to have someone with his musical knowledge and the collection of music he has amassed.