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Ernie Hawkins to play at SCA’s Acoustic Autumn

[photo1]SPRINGVILLE — The final installment of Acoustic Autumn at Springville Center for the Arts will take place on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. with Ernie Hawkins. Concrete Peach will open the show.

Hawkins plays and sings blues, ragtime and gospel. He said that his music springs mostly from the early 1900s East Coast Piedmont and Texas steel-string flattop, fingerpicking styles.

Hawkins’ early exposure to roots music was under the tutelage of the caretaker on his uncle’s farm. He studied with the Rev. Gary Davis and has played with Son House, Mance Lipscomb, Fred McDowell, Robert Pete Williams, Arthur Crudup and others.

Hawkins has appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Mountain Stage” and XM Radio and toured in Europe and Japan. He has been featured in “SingOUT!,” “Dirty Linen,” “Fingerstyle Guitar,” “Vintage Guitar,” “Acoustic Guitar” and “Blues Revue.”

His latest release, “Whinin’ Boy” follows “Rags and Bones”(2005), “Mean Little Poodle” (2002), “Bluesified” (2001), “Blues Advice” (1996), “Celtic Christmas” (1998) and “Ragtime Signatures” (1980). Instructional videos by Hawkins have been released by Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop and include videos on the music of Lightnin’ Hopkins, Blind Willie McTell, Mance Lipscomb, Louis Armstrong, Big Bill Broonzy, Bix Beiderbecke and eight Rev. Gary Davis gospel, rags and blues videos. He has also released videos for Homespun Tapes, on guitar theory.

Hawkins will host a workshop at Springville Center for the Arts at 2:30 p.m. the day of the performance. It is open to all guitarists with some knowledge of that instrument.

Tickets are available presale by calling 592-9038 or online at www.springvillearts.org. Tickets are available at the door, beginning at 7:30 p.m. All shows begin at 8 p.m.

The SCA is located at 37 North Buffalo St. in Springville. The series is produced by JimHoweConcerts.
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