Audio and Video Bytes

I had a couple of interesting music-related experiences in the last month, and, happily, both were recorded for posterity, so I thought it would be fun to share them here.

When I played the Harsens Island Bluegrass Festival this past August, there was a crew video-taping the event. About halfway through the day, I ran into an old friend, Keith Dalton. Keith and I hadn’t seen each other since the late ‘90s; back then, I was the House/Office Manager at The Players, a venerable men’s theatrical club in Detroit, and Keith and his father, Lloyd, were stage hands for two theatre clubs that rented the facility to perform in. It turns out that Keith now owns the company,, that was doing the recording at the festival. He contacted me about a month afterwards to tell me that, for whatever reason, the audio of my first set that day was good, but the video wasn’t, and wondered if I’d care to have him come and record me at home, no charge. Naturally, I agreed, so we set a date, he came over and the result of the afternoon can be seen here. I’m pleased with both the quality of the recording and my performance. I don’t think either are GREAT, but both are certainly solid, and I’ve gotten only positive feedback from viewers. It was an interesting experience for me, and I’d like to do more of this. The video runs a little over 45 minutes in length, and I sang mostly songs that are on my CD, “In My Element.” Check it out:

The second occasion was a fun interview that I did at WNMC in Traverse City on October 18th. I was playing at Left Foot Charley that night, and owner/winemaker Bryan Ulbrich had contacted Station Manager Eric Hines to see about having me on-air to promote the show. Eric agreed, and I stopped in during the fundraising drive that afternoon to spend about 20 minutes talking music, wine, and beer, among other things. Just click the link here to hear not only the interview, but also the on-air mention and thanks to Gang of Pour for pledging a donation to the station. My wife Kim called and pledged while I was being interviewed.



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"In the best traditions of folk music, George’s songs evoke personal experiences and historical events, and George certainly has had some experiences, let me tell you. But the experiences of which he sings so truthfully here, while almost mundane when taken literally, are made to seem so much more meaningful, so much more heartfelt in his hands and within his voice. These arrangements are as near to the folk tradition as one could hope, are exactly all that’s necessary for each song, and when accompaniment and backing vocals are used, they feature David Mosher on several traditional instruments, as well as Bill Arnold on dobro, providing simple support to George’s already ample foundations." —Michael O'Brien, Open Mike


And George Heritier from Oak Park shared his clever songwriting, cool and entertaining lyrics and hot guitar/harmonica riffs. He got the best round of applause for the whole festival! I am a huge fan of acoustic blues and folk music and George is one of the best I have heard. I would make it a point to go see him ANY time he plays, it will be well worth the effort! —John P. Bayerl, PhD - SeMi