HOOK HERRERA (US)

Hook Herrera, born (1960) and raised in East San Jose, California, United States. He’s mainly influenced by the great ’70 and ’80 concerts in the Bay Area and the music that was played on the radio at that time, such as Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard, BB King, and Donny Hathaway. His family brought in the homegrown pure folkloric music from Mexico. The mix of all these musical influences, resulting in bands such as War, Santana, and Tower of Power, created his mindset about rhythm and music. As a kid, Hook started to play the accordion. His brother Dennis introduced him to the guitar and Blues music of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Muddy Waters, and the Rolling Stones. After he saw an old man playing harmonica, he was hooked. He played harmonica all day long and played everything he heard on the radio. From that time, he became the neighborhood jukebox, playing guitar and harp. At that time, playing on the street, in garages, at porches, and at the bodega in Campbell, San Jose, Hook found out that playing Blues was without any question his musical direction. He started to study records and liner notes and went to meet other musicians and hang out. During his navy time in San Diego, he met William Clarke and Smokey Wilson. The Paladins had built a rehearsal in his garage, and they all ran together and saw some great shows and played several. He also met Charlie Musselwhite, and thru William Clarke and Smokey Wilson he was introduced to many other musicians, and he played at many venues in Watts (Ricky and Laura’s, Pure Pleasure Lounge, Pioneer 88, JD Nicholsons’ after hours on Avalon, Harmonica Fat’s upstairs on 88 and Broadway, The Safari Room with Cardell, etc.). At that time, Hook was mainly influenced by William Clarke, Hollywood Fats, James Harmon, Larry Taylor, and Junior Watson. After his navy time, he went to Texas and played with musicians such as Freddie Pharoah, Hash Brown, Felix Reyes, Sam Myers, and Anson Funderburgh in Dallas. Kim Wilson and Clifford Antone brought him down to Austin to play at Antone’s. At Antone’s, he played with tons of musicians and bands such as Buddy Guy, Luther Tucker, Jimmy Rogers, Bob Stroger, Willie Big Eyes Smith, Pinetop Perkins, Bonnie Rait, Denny Freeman, George Rains, Mel Brown, Hubert Sumlin, Mike Buck, Rodney Craig, etc., etc. He made his first tour with Alex Napier. Although there was not a fully booked tour, they showed up at places and play for food and gas. In addition, they opened for several other bands, such as Roomful of Blues and Albert Collins, but also jammed with Uncle John Turner, Ronnie Earl, and Denny Freeman. After he went back to California, he signed a contract with Warner Chappell and William Morris (then ICM). At that time, he played with the Greg Allman Band and met Warren Haynes and Woody Allen playing in that group when they toured. He witnessed Gov’t Mule going thru all the stages from birth to a great band and appeared on stage with them over the years. At the end of the Allman tour, he played with the Allman Brothers Band off and on for a few years. He met Richie Sambora in the early ‘90s and played harp for many years on his solo projects. After that, he went to Spain. Initially for two weeks, but he stayed for a longer time. He began touring Europe and played with a whole new set of musicians. The most rewarding part of living in Spain was the Flamenco. He met several ‘heavy weight’ Flamenco families and recorded and played with Cathy Claret, and Raimundo Amador. He moved back to the States and recorded with Billy Gibbons, Matt Abts, and Jorgen Carlsson, toured with Alvin Youngblood Hart, and started Blue NDN Records with Shannon Green in California. He kept on continuing playing with Warren Haynes as a duo.

BOOKING INFO

AVAILABLE              March 24th >April 23rd 2023

LINE UP                  Harp/Vocals/guitar-slide: Hook Herrera   Bass/: Jan Ieven                                                    Drums/vocals: Arnout Hellofs      Guitar: Luc Janssens

BOOKING             Fred Klee fred@moonboytalent.com                                                                                 Dirk Oliestelder      info.moonboytalent@gmail.com

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