For many years Ernie Hawkins has been playing concerts, clubs, blues and folk festivals, workshops, colleges, museums, parties, fist fights and millennium celebrations in the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe and at every stop in the road from A Prairie Home Companion to Antone's to the Madrid Jazz Festival. He has played with blues greats such as Son House, Mance Lipscomb, Fred McDowell, Jim Brewer, Rev. Gary Davis and many others.
Ernie has been featured in SingOut!, Fingerstyle Guitar, Dirty Linen, Acoustic Guitar, Blues Revue and Vintage Guitar magazines. He has appeared on "A Prairie Home Companion", "Mountain Stage" , "Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour" and XM radio. Ernie appears on Maria Muldaur's Grammy and Handy nominated and Indie Award winning album "Richland Woman Blues" and was the guitarist for the national support tour.
Rev. Gary Davis had an enormous repertoire that spanned from gospel to blues, rags to folk tunes and old minstrel show songs. In this double DVD lesson Ernie Hawkins presents some of Rev. Davis’s most requested rags and minstrel tunes. These vary from Sally Where’d You Get Your Liquor From (made popular by Jorma Kaukonen and Hot Tuna) to the complex dance rhythms of Buck Dance and Twelve Sticks to Devil’s Dream, an instrumental played in the Key of F. These are arrangements that will challenge any guitarist.
Ernie Hawkins teaches each tune phrase by phrase and carefully shows you the right hand picking as well as the left hand fingerings that were unique to Rev. Davis’s approach. You will be able to easily follow the instruction with the tab/music booklet. Also featured are split screen segments where each section is played slowly and you can study the movements of each hand. As a bonus we have included various audio performances of Rev. Davis playing each song.
Disc One: Buck Dance, Devil’s Dream and Sally Where’d You Get Your Liquor From
Disc Two: Twelve Sticks, Fast Fox Trot and St. Louis Tickle
178 minutes • Level 3 • Detailed tab/music PDF file on each DVD
Review: Still sour that you - unlike Jorma Kaukonen, Stefan Grossman, Roy Book Binder and Ernie Hawkins - missed out on studying ragtime guitar back when Rev. Gary Davis taught master classes out of his Bronx apartment? If so, then Hawkins is your Candyman, dishing out the same sweet secrets that he learned knee-to-knee from the legend many moons ago. And his ever-expanding series of how-to lessons is a fingerpicker's candy store, filled with all kinds of tasty technical insight into that Davis brand of Gospel Guitar, Blues Guitar, Ragtime Guitar, and Novelty Instrumentals.
The newest addition is this double DVD guide to Rags and Minstrel Show Songs of Rev. Gary Davis. With deliberate attention, Hawkins performs step-by-step dissections of "Buck Dance," "Fast Fox Trot," and "Sally Where'd You Get Your Liquor From." Plus you'll see how to get "Twelve Sticks" - a masterpiece among masterpieces - to popcorn off the strings using only one pair of hands. As always, every song gets played through several times, including a slow-motion split screen version to separately detail right and left hands. A tab/ music booklet maps it all out too. And to buffer any residual sourness, Davis even plays and sings for you via some vintage film clips and audio recordings. It's the next best thing to being granted a summer full of afternoons in the good Reverend's parlor. – Blues Rag/Dennis Rozanski