The following are artists alphabetically by “H.” We are slowly adding our over 200 alumni to this page. Below are several of the artists that have performed at one of our venues and come back from time to time.
Alvin Youngblood Hart
The cosmic American love child of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray… Known as a “musician’s musician,” Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor. After a couple false starts, he began to play the guitar, in earnest, in 1977. Spending his formative years on the West Coast, in the Midwest and the Mid-South surely influenced Alvin’s wide ranging musical perspective. “It really taught me to appreciate MUSIC for what it was ….not because it was this or that genre. I have a great disdain for genre segregation. I try to avoid that practice.” Along with his 40 years of playing comes a nuts and bolts passion for the hardware of the trade. “I’ve been a guitar tinker since day one.” Hart is also an electronics technician, a talent he picked up after 7 years active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard. His knack for quick thinking repairs on the road has earned him nicknames such as, The Garage Guerrilla or The Rock N Roll MacGyver from fellow musicians. After two decades on the road ,Alvin continues to delight audiences worldwide, whether as a solo performer or with the eternally rockin’ Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory…The multi award winner always delivers.
You know that pair of washed out old jeans you put on that are a bit faded from use, but still look great and make you feel like “you’re back” when you wear them? Those jeans that are perfect for a night out on the town, but still hold up at a nice family dinner? Harvest Sons recreate this feeling through their nostalgic blend of folk, rock and Americana, and transport you into their rust belt state of mind. Harvest Sons is based out of Peoria, Illinois, and sound like Counting Crows, Tom Petty and The Wallflowers getting together for a Thanksgiving dinner. “Call it what you want… Rust Belt Americana, Black Dirt Country, call it authentic. The musical equivalent of driving home from work on a gravel road in your pickup truck, this is real music. Harvest Sons is one of those bands whose music sounds familiar the first time you hear it and gets better with each listening.” – Jerry Kolb, Producer and Founder of WTVP’s State & Water (PBS Peoria)
Harvest Sons Youtube
Hermitage Green are a five piece band from Limerick, Ireland. They came together in 2010 as a result of a spontaneous jam session between friends. Their unusual lineup of instruments includes two percussionists playing djembe and bodhran, along with guitars, keys, dobro, banjo, harmonica and four part vocal harmonies. After touring extensively across the globe they finally settled down in 2015 to record their debut album. ‘Save Your Soul’ was released in Ireland in March 2016 through Sony Music and went to number three in the Irish Music Charts. The successful release was followed by more touring in Europe, The Middle East, Canada and the U.S. and a highlight performance on the mainstage of the Electric Picnic festival. Late 2016 saw them play a sold out Irish tour where they filled Dublin’s iconic Olympia Theatre and the Cork Opera House. 2017 saw them kick off the year with a visit to Kansas Folk Alliance and another UK Tour. This was followed by a sell out performance in their biggest headline show to date at King Johns Castle in Limerick. Hermitage Green have spent the last couple of years touring and selling out shows in Ireland, the UK & Australia.
Regional solo acoustic artist, James Herr, plays for the love of live music and entertaining an audience. Humble and appreciative, James gives authentic solo performances of James Taylor, Paul Simon, Jim Croce and generations of singer-songwriters.
James Herr on Heartland Connections
To say Brook Hoover is an amazing guitarist, would force his many guitars to stand up and fight whoever made such a statement in defense, that he deserved even higher accolades! The Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2017 Spirit Award winner plays a sound steeped in the rock traditions of Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Buddy Holly, John Lee Hooker… or just name your favorite! Brook also plays with the rock’n “Surf Zombies” while giving back to the youth teaching guitar lessons and reveling in their success!
Click Here: Brook Hoover On Heartland Connections