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The Eventful Life of Al Hawkes

The Eventful Life of Al Hawkes

Rockhouse Mountain Productions recently premiered our first feature length documentary film, The Eventful Life of Al Hawkes.   We are screening the film on the East Coast throughout the summer and fall of 2010.  Contact us for more information about hosting a screening in your community.

Event RecordsIn 1956, Westbrook, Maine resident and television repair man Al Hawkes founded the Event Records label.  With his wife Barbara helping run the business and his friend Richard Greeley helping run the studio, Al began producing records by local Maine artists and popular musicians on tour in Maine “from away.”   Throughout the 1950s and 60s, he created some of the most highly regarded country, Bluegrass, and rockabilly recordings – including songs by Dick Curless, Lenny Breau (as a teenage guitar virtuoso), Curtis Johnson, Hal Lone Pine and Betty Cody, Charile Bailey, the Lilly Brothers and Don Stover. Many of these artists were on the verge of national stardom, and many ultimately chose to not follow the path to Nashville but instead remained up north, creating a distinct regional sound on a distinctly independent label.

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Al HawkesThe Eventful Life of Al Hawkes tells the story of Event Records, and Al’s own story as an accomplished musician and officially designated “First Generation Bluegrass Music Pioneer”.  As Al works to preserve the thousands of recordings he has made and collected in the past sixty years, we learn how vital our musical history is to understanding the culture of our region.

This film tells the story of how country music came home to Maine.

 

Al Hawkes and Friends at SPACE Gallery

Al Hawkes and Friends at SPACE Gallery