From a bossofflorida Yahoo group member:
"The music was good and we saw a new face too; Mike Edwards brought his friend Herman to Cecil's and the cat can sing! Can sing and WILL SING and our crowd really liked hearing him. I hope he comes around all the time, the man needs to be heard! We were all real impressed, for real. Been a while since i heard a singer/showman that good."
Herman grew up in Brownsville Tennessee on a sharecropping farm. In 1958 his family moved to Decatur Illinois. Herman went into the Army in 1964 and was stationed in Germany for 2.5 years. He returned to the US and moved to Joliet where he worked in corrections for almost 30 years.
Herman was "discovered" singing karaoke in a local Joliet bar, and joined the Chicago Blues Angels in 2001. He has performed with other blues artists such as Billy Branch and the SOB's, Kim Wilson and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Kid Ramos, Dave Specter and the Bluebirds, and Toronzo Cannon and the Cannonball Express. He jams with many well-known blues artists every year on the Blues Cruise. Herman also does guest vocals for several other local bands such as Big Dog Mercer, Pauline York, T-Bird Huck and Twist and the Groove Machine.
Herman has performed in many Chicago venues including Buddy Guys Legends, SmokeDaddy's, Rosa's, Andy's, Artis Cocktail Lounge, Martyrs, Dark Room, the Chicago Boat and RV Show and Chief O'Neill's as well as other venues in the Midwest such as Fitzgeralds in Berwyn IL, Frankie's Blue Room in Naperville IL, the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City Indiana and The Coliseum in East Dubuque Iowa. Herman has performed as far east as New York and as far west as the Mojo Lounge and Murphy's Law in California. Herman can be found on the annual Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise every January.
Herman is a charismatic performer who engages the audience in all his performances. Audiences look forward to Herman's powerful and soulful vocals.
Herman has been influenced by such blues legends as Muddy Waters, Son Seals, BB King, Bobby Bland and Robert Cray.