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New Mexico Music Awards, 2016 and 2017
  2017 NMMA Award for Singer/Songwriter and 2016 NMMA Award for Western

Home Stretch

Well, after allowing ourselves a little celebration time over our New Mexico Music Award wins, We've been hard charging on the final mixes and clean-up.  With Three sessions already under our belts in July, we plan on at least two more before the month is out.  With luck, that should just about be final cleanup time before mastering the CD in August.

During the June hiatus, I've all but finished the cover art, including a 12-page booklet that contains all the lyrics as well as credits and photos of all the wonderful New Mexico musicians that made the magic possible.

So August will be mixdown month, where we turn our precious work over to the masterful hands of Mark Dann for the last step before actual manufacture.  Yes, the gestation period has been longer than we'd wanted, but we are very proud of what will be coming your way this Fall.

We're about halfway through shooting and editing the video of one of the songs we've been preparing to accompany the release.   Not going to give away any hints on what song or the nature of the video; you'll just have to stay tuned.

Folks often ask, "What kinda music do you play?"   My latest response is:

"Harry Chapin, Bruce Cockburn, Dan Fogelberg & Burle Ives step into a transporter out on the Blues Highway- I step out on the other end."

Here's what others have to say:

  • Elliot Glick of City Island's Starving Artist: "This guy is what coffeehouses were made for. He sang his original songs that were witty and charming, funny and poignant. The songs were musically diverse and tasty, and played with the skill of a fine musical craftsman."

  • Lazlo, "Gary Paul Hermus is a storyteller, the truest definition of a folk singer."

  • My friends at The Folk Project: ". . . intricate finger style guitar work & intelligently crafted lyrics."

  • Barbara Russo of the Staten Island Source: ". . .down-to-earth personality & relaxed attitude. He's definitely not a high-maintenance guy."

  • But my heart holds a special place for the insight of my friend Rooster Rick of the Homegrown String Band, who sees the simple heart of truth veiled needless complexity. He said:

    "I'd say you're a 'songster. ' That's what Mississippi John Hurt called himself, not a bluesman but a songster."

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