. . . . Herb Metoyer . . . .

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Nick Schillace
Nick Schillace
Hello Herb- My name is Nick Schillace and I am a Detroit musician/educator. My friend Jerry Decicca told me about you and about your music. I am listening to a vinyl copy of "Something New" as I write this and just wanted to tell you that it is such an exceptionably beautiful record. Thanks for making it. Perhaps some day we could get together. Take care- ns


Dom Flemons
Hello Herb Metoyer,

I was in Ann Arbor playing at the Ark earlier this week. I have been a professional folk musician since 2005 and present a variety of earlier American Music in my show.

But The reason i am reaching out to you is that whenever I go to Ann Arbor I stop into the record shop Encore Records.

I purchased a copy of your album Something New and am blown away.

I would love to know more about your work. Also want to see how you are and i would love to meet up with you at some point next time I'm near Detroit.

Since the first time I visited Encore Records I found a large number of records by black folk musicians that I have never heard of previously.

I would love to interview you at some point as I am always trying to promote folk musicians that I have an interest in and your record just knocked me out particularly "I Guess You Better Leave It Like That".

I'll end this message with a thank you for making this wonderful record! Moses Asch wasn't lying, you are an amazing musician.

I hope to hear back from you. All the best, sir!

Dom Flemons The American Songster (11/12/2014)



I can't tell you how much I enjoy your music. Been a long time since I've heard it. My friend Terry said. “Hey you should hear this guy.” That was sometime in 1967 I think. Lost my first copy of Something New, don't remember how, a long, long time ago. Found a copy in a basement record store in Berkeley, probably in the 70's. I loaned it out to someone and never saw it again. Then the internet came along so I did some searches over the years looking to get another copy, always –remembered, I liked it, especially “Come Sit Beside Me.” Nobody I knew seemed to have heard of you, problem was I remembered your name as Herb Montoya, so when I did my searches on the web I'd find lots of Herb Montoyas. Then just the other day, my wife was standing by me at the computer and somehow I mentioned that I wished I could find that record I liked and she try another search, which I did, and something came up with some folk singers and a Herb Metoyer and sure enough after all that time I finally found you. Once I got the name right I found several" copies at online vinyl shops, and then I came across your web page (nice work). It is an interesting history and family you have, I enjoyed the web page and it was a pleasure to finally hear your music again. I'm enclosing a check for "Something New" and "Here I Am".  All good wishes to you. 

  Larry Adams -. Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 ( 09/14/2005


Dear Friends,

Thirty-eight years and countless lifetimes ago, I was a young GI stationed at Fort Bragg NC.  I was bored, homesick, lonely and broke. So nearby Fayetteville, a boisterous no-holds barred Army town  affectionately nicknamed "Fayettenam", held little interest for me. 
Entertainment consisted mostly of  beer halls and bottle clubs unanimously featuring scantily clad (if at all) dancers grinding their shifts away while juke boxes blared psychedelic rock and Motown and country twang; a far cry from the coffee houses and folk singers of home.  Definitely not my scene.

So, on one of my infrequent forays into town, I was astounded to stumble across a tavern which featured an open microphone stage hosted by Herb Metoyer, leader of a four-piece folk band that was on par with anything I'd ever heard live or recorded.  Here was the real deal; music that reminded me who I was and where I was, gave me a center in the midst of
that swirling turmoil we recall as "the sixties."  The music, beautifully  performed and delivered with simple integrity and powerful truth, was nectar for a parched and thirsty soul and I returned often, even venturing onstage with the band though I was hardly competent to
carry much less play a guitar at the time.  Herb was a warm, friendly and generous man who encouraged me to keep playing anyway.  Some of the chord progressions I learned from him are still staples in my music today and it was Herb who introduced me to the blues, a style which years later blossomed into my passionate (perhaps obsessive) love affair with the harmonica.

But the Army disapproved of Major Metoyer's performances; he was ordered to cease his musical activities as such were  unbecoming a field grade officer. Shortly after I  left the Army and returned home, never to hear of Herb Metoyer or his music again.  The years rushed by and blurred but never erased my memories of those all too few wonderful nights.

So, when Herb popped into my head the other day, I did what any  contemporary normal computer geek would do and Googled my way to Herb Metoyer's web site.  It was like finding a box of childhood treasures tucked away for decades!  Here are all of his written works, including  his first album, "Something New" produced in 1965.   And here you will find one of the most beautiful and compelling tributes to all American heroes, written and performed by Herb Metoyer and dedicated to his brother and all Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  I highly recommend and urge to all that you visit Herb's site and hear the  thundrous truths in this quiet American hero's voice.
Gant Eichrodt  / 06/07/2009

Mr. Metoyer, I found your website on the internet while researching information about your brother who was killed in Viet Nam.  You see, my son, SSG Timothy Cole, Jr. was killed in Iraq 6-6-07.  The city of Oakdale, La. put up a plaque in his honor as they did for your brother.  However, since your brother's plaque was erected, there are now porcelain portraits that can be attached to plaques.  My son has one on his.  My husband and I would like to purchase a porcelain portrait for your brother, as well as, the other three fallen soldiers on plaques in town.  Even before my son's death I used to wonder what the men looked like.  A name is not enough to honor them as they deserve.  A picture would give a face to the names. 
I would like to see if you could e-mail me a picture of your brother to have the portrait made.  I have found pictures on the internet, but I would like to get the best quality picture possible.  You can also mail one to me at my home address, P.O. Box 26, Oakdale, La. 71463.  We have a few weeks to accomplish this project by Memorial Day.   The only picture I could find of your brother was the one in the helicopter wearing a helmet.  Hopefully, you can furnish a better one.  At least that is my hope.
Doing this research I have found out many things about your family.  About your father's third grade education and putting his children and wife through college was amazing.  I really enjoyed your stories about growing up in Louisiana.  I told my husband that I hoped you were an author because the stories were wonderful.  Now that I know you have books, I can enjoy more reading.
Please assist me in getting a good quality picture of your brother.  I would be glad to send you copies of the plaque when we are finished.  We are trying to the plaques re-painted too. 
Connie Cole
Proud mother of fallen soldier
SSG Timothy Cole, Jr. 
Letter from M. L. Liebler to Judi Manutes, Adjudicator for Cats and the Fiddler?s application to the Michigan Arts and Humanities Council touring directory

Dear Judi

I will answer each question below, but please know that Herb Metoyer is one of the most professional, artistic and humanitarian artists I know, and I know thousands around the world . Herb is the "real deal" as is his Cane River Folk-whom I have contracted before.
Yours, Prof. Liebler

On Dec 30, 2008, at 9:39:29 PM, "Judi Manutes" <> wrote:

Were they articulate?

Extremely so.  Their work is hip, progressive and engaging.

What was the audience reaction?
I had them perform as recently as last June. The audience was large at The Detroit Festival for the Arts, and people really enjoyed them with several hearty applause. I believe they received a standing ovation at the end of their show.

Who was the audience?
Audience was multicultural, young, old, local and visitors to the Detroit Festival for the Arts 2008.

Were you pleased with the presentation format and style?

Yes-the musicians are extremely talented and very professional. I am sure the audience appreciated their performance.
How was the technical quality of the performance?

Excellent.  Remember-Herb was a major label Folkway Recording Artist (very famous record label with very famous stars) and touring folk singer in the 1960's.  This has instilled a high level of professionalism in him.  Herb is not a person who fools around with a guitar and keyboards as a hobby.  He's a real pro.

Was there anything unique about this group that makes them stand out?

Yes-they are a multi generational group and they play a wide variety of tunes with a sense of great moral pride. This is a band with a funky hip sound and wide appeal.  Herb is always positive and the performances always have positive messages and engage all ages.  This is a "G" rated public performance for everyone to enjoy.
Were They on time?

Yes-Herb is always hours early and set up.
Were the fees reasonable?

Extremely reasonable for the quality and number of musicians.

Any overall thoughts that you would like to share?
You can never go wrong hiring Herb Metoyer.  His art is always  audience friendly, and he is a kind, dedicated and caring soul. Any program with Herb metoyer and group is in good hands to have a good, fun and educational time. he's simply the best!!

From: M. L. Liebler

Faculty-Wayne State University-Detroit -
Dept. of English, American Studies & Labor Studies

Director, Springfed Arts: Metro Detroit Writers

Poet Laureate of St. Clair Shores, Michigan & The White Mud Blues Band (Est.1969)

(313) 577-7713 (WSU/anytime)
10201.2 on 10th Floor of 5057 Woodward Avenue.

(586) 296-3303


Hello Herb.
You probably don't remember me because I was a few classes behind you.  Bryford and I was closer together.  Would like to congradulate you on your success.  I found out about you indirectly through Laura Fay.  I graduated in 1957.  Brenda and I have exchanged emails for several months through "".  I reviewed the video that you did in honor of Bryford.  Rather touching.   I think we all was in Viet Nam together.  Bryford and I was at Siagon.  I talked to him just prior to his unfortunate mishap.  Of course I wasn't made aware of it for some time after it occurrued.  I do recall the day that it happen.  When listening to your video it was very heart warming. 
Would like to keep in touch.
Claudell Jones


Hi Herb, this song is absolutely beautiful.  I pray for the Obama family along with my own, for their protection, wisdom and favor.  I will pass on to my friends and family.  I didn't know you were in the Army.  My husband is retired from the Army Finance Division, I also served in the Army the first four years out of high school in Finance, My son is in the Army Reserves and just got back from Iraq (served as a Military Policeman) in May (Thank The Lord!!), and my Uncle Charles Thomas was also an Army Officer from World War II and was one of the seven soldiers who posthumously received the "Congressional Medal of Honor during the Clinton Administration January 13, 1997.  We all went to D.C. for the event and my mother received the medal for my Uncle, as he died several years prior from a brain tumor (survived the war though).  He was from Detroit as well.  My Uncle Charlie was on my mother's side of the family, not the LeDuff side (Father's Side - Bernard Eugene - son or Ella LeDuff).  I hope we can meet soon.  God Bless and keep gracing us with your creative talents!

Bernard Leduff

Herb: Thanks for including me in this e-mail. Love your new song! Mr. Obama would do well to include it in his campaign.
I visited your web site and really enjoyed it. It is a thrill to be included. By the way, Bob's last name is Hedrick, and the unknown artist is Bill Joyner.
See you at Blue Bird Hill farm in a couple of weeks.
Love to all,        Mayon



I got "Hard row to hoe",  and thank you very much.  I'm going to start performing it again next month for a festival they have here on Lake Chapala. 

Herb, a couple of years ago in California, I had a guitar and vocal student named Shanti Michelle Web.  We stay in touch, and last year  she came to Mexico and worked my club with me playing bass for her.  I taught her "Fools", and she is performing it in the Dallas/Ft Worth area with her trio.  I think she wants to record it, and would like to contact you to discuss it.  Herb, the lady can really sing, and plays guitar pretty well too.  She is using my general arrangement of the song, which is quite different from Freddy's.  Not so fast, and a lot closer to how I remember you singing it.

Of course, you have to allow for the folk process, but I think you can still recognize it.  In New York once, I sang "Shake Sugeree" for Elizabeth Cotton, and she told me she loved the way I did it, but it sure wasn't what she remembered writing.

Anyway, if you would contact her at, I would appreciate it.  I am sure she will do the song justice, but I think she wants your blessing.  I'll send you a CD next month with "Hard row to hoe" on it and some things I wrote.  Yes, I finally started to write songs.  Shel Silverstein was always on me to write, and when he passed, I actually did it.  Any good?  Who knows.  I asked  Shel once how he knew if a song he wrote was any good.  He said that he DIDN'T know  He said, "no mother thinks the baby is ugly".
I'll let you decide.

                      Thanks again for the song.  I hope to do it justice too.

Jay Kellum (Note: Jay was Fred Neil's bass player)


Hi Herb,
My name is Shanti Webb.  My guitar teacher, Jay Kellum, used to play bass for Fred Neil.  He taught me your song, "Fools Are A Long Line Comin."  He told me that the way he taught me was very different from the way Fred played it.  He didn't have a recording of it, and I can't seem to find a sound bite of it anywhere (granted I am not all that good with computers!).  So I had a couple of questions for you if you don't mind.  I just started a band and I would really like to record your song.  I love that song.  I am not big. I just wanted to record it and put it on myspace for now.  But I would really like your permission.  I was thinking that I could send you a rough copy and you can decide if you even like the version that I do.  And if you do, whether you would mind me recording it.  I have been playing that song ever since Jay taught it to me.  I have always gotten a pretty good response from the crowd too.
If you don't feel like that is okay with you, I would understand and respect your wishes.
If you wouldn't mind, though, I was also wondering if you could tell me the story behind the song.  Jay told me his version of your story :) but I would like to hear if first hand.  Jay told me that you and your brother went to Vietnam (and that you even had to serve more than one tour).  He said that your brother died in that war and that you came home and wrote this song.
I don't know how accurate that is, but that is what I know.  He also told me that Fred's version got sent up in the first space shuttle or something like that.  Is that true?

Anyways, you can check out my myspace page if you'd like.
You can also contact me at

I really look forward to hearing from you!

Hi Mr. Metoyer,
I met a lady named Joyce Metoyer who told me that her husband was from Nachitoches Parish. My father is from there too. He lived and grew up in Provencal during the Great Depression. His name is Thomas Sylvest. He wrote a book about growing up on a sandhill subsistence farm. His book is entitled Collard Greens. He is working on another one entitled Cornbread.
I met Joyce at work. She told me that her husband's family were from Melrose Plantation on the Cane River. I looked up Melrose Plantation out of curiosity. It is very interesting and sounds like a neat place to visit.
Then I saw your name when I was searching Melrose. I found your website and very much enjoyed your song Who Those Flowers For. It is very touching.
Thank you for your music and a wonderful website. Congratulations on your award too.
Sincerely, Cathy Schaff