Hank Mowery raced onto the local and regional blues scene in the Mid 90's with Junior Valentine & their band, The Hawktones. As General Manager of The Rhythm Kitchen Cafe, Mowery honed his skills jamming nightly with the local and national blues acts that happened through The Kitchen. During this time Mowery had the opportunity to share the stage with true legends of the blues such as Pinetop Perkins, Gary Primich, William Clarke, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Anson Funderburg, Mark Hummel, Rusty Zinn & many more.
In 1996 & 1998 Mowery had the opportunity to tour briefly with Blacktop recording artist Mike Morgan & The Crawl filling in for their ailing front man. Mike Morgan comments "I was amazed that Hank could step in on a national level like he did, He is a cool harmonica player and singer with an old school feel, like Little Walter and Big Walter Horton...the cool stuff. Two minutes in our first show we knew he wasn't a replacement, he was part of the band."
Over the years Mowery would invite different acts from around the country to “join” The Hawktones for an evening these shows have included Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling, Count Bracey & The Pleasuretones, Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Little Frank & The Premiers, George Bedard, Steve Nardella, Rusty Zinn, Gerry Hundt, Piano Willie, Bill Lupkin, Nick Moss and the legendary Gary Primich.
Rounding out the newly updated Hawktones is Troy Amaro on guitar, considered one of the finest blues performers in the Midwest; Chris Bracey on Drums who has backed greats such as Kim Wilson; Chris Corey on Piano who has toured the U.S. & Europe with many bands in his 25 plus years of performing; and Junior Valentine on Bass, a staple of the Midwest Blues scene.
Recorded live at the Historic HOWMET PLAYHOUSE in Whitehall Michigan, this CD captures The Hawktones at their best...Live. The reading of the Killer Blues mission statement to kick off this CD was left to remind everyone of what a great cause Steve at Killer Blues has taken on. Since 1995 Killer Blues has purchased and placed 8 headstones. By the time you listen to this CD numbers 9 and 10 should be placed as well. The Hawktones played the most recent fundraiser on May 5, 2012 and thankfully sound engineer Fred Drachus recorded the evening. After realizing a recording had been made and how good it had turned out, we decided to share it and use it to further the Killer Blues cause.
PROCEEDS FROM THE PURCHASE OF THIS CD WILL BE DONATED TO HELP KILLER BLUES HEADSTONE PROJECT.
We hope you enjoy it and THANK YOU for your support!
"Although considered local, Hank Mowery has the talent to be a top national act. I've been fortunate enough to play with James Cotton, Jr. Wells, Kim Wilson, Rod Piazza. Rick Estrin, Lynwood Slim and many other great top national touring harmonica players...I consider Hank a peer and an equal and I've had the pleasure of playing with Hank on stage many times and we've always had a ball!!!"
- Nick Moss, Blue Bella Recording Artist
"...very cool harp player and singer. He is always welcome on stage with us when we are around...."
- Gary Primich, Legendary Harmonica Player
" Hank Mowery & the Hawktones have become a pretty formidable blues outfit, boasting a lineup of outstanding musicians from across Michigan."
- John Sinkevics, Mlive.com / The Grand Rapids Press(Nov 10, 2010)
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