Spotlight on: 'Herb Metoyer'
- Spotlight on 'Herb Metoyer'
Herb Metoyer is a
gentleman who was
graduated from Southern
University, Baton Rouge,
LA at the early age
of nineteen (19).
He is a retired military officer
and helicopter pilot, and a
recent retiree from General
Motors where he served as
a Test Engineer in GM's
Testing Laboratories and
currently the Chief Financial
Officer for the Detroit Writer's
Guild and Cane River Media
Herb is an accomplished
composer who experiments
with all music genres.
And although he has composed
a number of jazz songs, his
favorite medium is 'Folk'.
You might say that he is
a musically enhanced
Much of his music concerns Civil Rights,
people & children he has encountered
during his lifetime, and other topical subjects
such as war and personal observations.
He performs utilizing both the guitar
and synthesizer, sometimes playing a
harmonica and the tambourine with his foot.
His vinyl album recorded in 1965 by MGM's
VerveFolkways entitled "Something New",
has become a classic folk album that has
been selling on ebay as a collector's item.
He has several published songs registered
with BMI (Stormking Music Herb Metoyer
Music) and ASCAP (Cane River Media).
Herb's first album received a "Four
Star" rating by Billboard magazine.
He was a Helicopter pilot in the military at the time.
But once he was promoted to grade of Major,
the military cut his budding music career short,
claiming that his activities as a singer/songwriter
were unbecoming of a field grade officer.
One of Herb's most prized
is the fact that one of his
songs "Mother, Fools are
A Long Line Coming" is on
the "moon" in the Time Capsule.
It was recorded by Fred Neil on
his "Sessions" album by Capitol.
This was the album selected
by the astronauts to be
encased in the time capsule
that was placed on the moon.
During his youth, Herb performed
on the same shows along side
such great artists as
Joni Mitchell, Fred Neil,
Mike Taylor, Josh White
(Senior & Junior), Odetta,
Vince Martin, Judy Collins,
Phil Ochs, Mayon Weeks,
Danny Potter, and Steve Biggs.
During his latter years, Herb concentrated
on writing and book publishing.
In 1984, he became a founding member of the
"Detroit Black Writer's Guild," a non-profit
organization devoted to improving
literacy and training potential authors.
With this organization, he held the posts
of Senior Editor, Executive Editor, Chairman
of the Board, and Executive Director.
To his credit, he has completed two novels and
published over twenty books for other authors.
Now at age Seventy, Herb is
again focusing on his music.
His last CD, "Here I Am Again"
was released in 2004.
Currently, he is working on a new
CD to be titled "Louisiana Folk Tales."
Herb is one of the last survivors
of the great 1960's folk era.
Do yourself a favor and give his music a listen.
Full length samples of his music can be found at
Herb Metoyer accompanied by Danny Potter, Mayon Weeks, Bob,For more information on Herb Metoyer and
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his work - feel free to visit him at his site
found at http://www.herbmetoyer.com