Mike Herman

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 finger picking 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 so began his quest to learn and play acoustic finger style 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 have 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.


Mike started his solo career with his first CD ‘So-Lo’ consisting of nine originals and three traditionals recorded in 2008.  His second CD, ‘No Hat Required’ was recorded Live at Fernando’s Lounge in 2009.  The next recording ‘Roots Run Deep’ was his first all original CD, with his most recent also all original ‘Bluesman’s Lament’ being released 2017.

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. 

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Mike offers Lessons - and has been for the past 25+ years! All levels, ~ All styles. Guitar ~ Acoustic and Electric. Banjo. Give him a call 607-588-7129 to chat ~ What are you interested in learning?