Renowned for playing multiple instruments, Ernie Lewis has been called a "renaissance man" in his field. Ernie is a singer and song writer who enjoys performing many genres of music.
Ernie was born in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, where he spent his childhood in the early 1960s playing in the woods, picking boysenberries, and learning his first tunes on his brother's Harmony acoustic guitar. He moved with his family to Bakersfield, California, in 1966, and since then he has performed in a number of established California-based groups.
In 1979, Ernie joined the company of Tom Hunnicutt, who - at that time - was the leader of a Folk/Bluegrass band, the Honeybee Ridge Gang. The gang performed at a variety of functions, one of which was hosted by Buck Owens.
In 1981, the Honeybee Ridge Band disbanded, and Ernie found a new home as a member of the Moosehead Band, the brain child of Kenny Walters who asked Ernie to give his band a try, and that he did.
The Moosehead Band performed up to 2009, and during the band's 28-year run, the group had the opportunity to compete in the Seagram's 7 Battle of Bands in Nashville, Tennessee, where the members represented Southern California and took 3rd place in 1983. In addition, the group opened for such greats as John Anderson, Asleep at the Wheel, the Bellamy Brothers, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Bailey and the Boys. The band also performed with Jim Hager from the Hager Brothers, Mayf Nutter, legendary Roy Nichols and Mark Yeary of Merle Haggard and the Strangers, and Mark Herndon from the Country group Alabama.
After the Moosehead Band separated, Ernie did some soul searching and discovered that he enjoyed playing Bluegrass again, and in December 2009, Ernie accepted an invitation to be a member of Highway 65. Currently, Ernie is working on his original music and is enjoying meeting new friends along the way. His enthusiasm is contagious.
Current Musical Endeavors
I have my own PA system that will accommodate a small or medium sized club.
I play various instruments, including guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, fiddle and dobro and, at times, take one or two of those instruments, along with my guitar(s), to gigs with me to offer other sounds - other than a guitar. My years of performing in bands have helped me master my instruments and widen my song repertoire.
Ernie Lewis: Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist
I enjoy music by James Taylor, the Beatles, Bobby Darin, the Eagles, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and more. I am also a Bakersfield musician who has been influenced by Bakersfield Sound Pioneers, such as Buck Owens. My experiences in the local music scene has made me highly eclectic.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 120 - 180 minutes
I put myself into my music. In other words, I live my music and enjoy interacting with an audience. I take my music to heart and enjoy sharing my heart with others.
Constant power access
I come equipped with a small sound system but work well with sound technicians if a PA is supplied. I do require proper power access.
Past Booked Dates:
02-16-2012 — King Tut Restaurant and Hookah Bar, Bakersfield, CA
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