George HeritierI’ve worn many musical hats during my more-than-four decades of playing professionally, including rock, folk, blues, bluegrass, country and even a little jazz, but my heart is ultimately centered in American roots music in its myriad variations. I sing and I play acoustic 6 & 12-string guitars, harmonica and electric bass. I write songs about anything that catches my attention, often with a humorous twist, and I “borrow” from songwriters I admire and from the old traditional songbook, making those songs my own. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to open for the likes of Spooky Tooth, Ten Years After (both of those at the tender age of 17, at Detroit’s legendary Grande Ballroom), Bob Seger, Iggy and the Stooges and Delbert McClinton.

A good deal of my music is “Michigan-centric,” telling of various aspects of my life here. I played my first gig at the age of 14, in a bar, and I never looked back. I spent the first two decades of my career working out of Bay City, Michigan, and I received a lot of attention for a 45 RPM single I recorded in 1977, featuring the songs about fallen local landmarks, “The Ballad of the Third Street Bridge” and “The Saga of the Last Chance Saloon.” I moved to southeastern Michigan in the ‘80s, and went on a hiatus from playing and singing in the mid-to-late ‘90s. A trip to the Rothbury music festival in 2009 reminded me of whom and what I am.  Before too long, I got out the guitars and harmonicas and returned to making the kind of music I love. I recently released a CD of mostly original material, titled “In My Element.”

I’m so happy to be playing, singing and writing music again. I’ve been able to achieve a focus that I could never quite realize earlier in my life, and I feel that it shows in not only the music I’m making, but also from the positive feedback I receive from listeners and fellow musicians alike. I don’t think I’ll be taking another hiatus any time soon…

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PRESS & ACCOLADES

"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

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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 Bluegrass.com