Live Music Series- James Hawkins/ Mike Jurgensen

Sunday, February 14th

12:30- James Hawkins

Hey there folks my name is James Hawkins. I am a Kentucky native who has lived in the Venice/Sarasota for about 30 years. After getting out of the Navy I started doing community theatre and performed at the Venice Little Theatre, Sarasota Players and the Port Charlotte Players off and on for about five years. I started writing songs and hitting the open microphones around the Venice Sarasota area in the mid-80’s. While at one of these open mic’s someone told me about the Florida Folk Festivals that were happening so I packed up my guitar and went to White Springs and from that day I was totally hooked. From the first festival I was knocked out listening to some truly amazing songs and songwriters such as Will McLean, Don Grooms, Jim Belew, Gamble Rodgers, Frank Thomas, Steve Blackwell, Bob Patterson and Bobby Hicks. The more I watched and listen to these artist the seeds of my own songs were sown. I must say that I never got to meet Will McLean, Jim Belew, or Gamble Rodgers but I did get to meet Don Grooms and have had the pleasure to sit down and have many a long talk with Bob Patterson, Frank Thomas, Steve Blackwell and Bobby Hicks about Florida songwriting and Florida history. Will all this tutelage I have had success with my own music as well. I have had six songs recorded by five Florida artists and a song on both of the Friends of Florida Folk CD compilations and one on the Florida Music Food Initiative compilation CD as well.

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