George Heritier

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George Heritier
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Background Information

Also known as

Don Coyote


Bay City

Current Location

Oak Park


Rock, Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, Country, American roots

Years Active

1965 - Present


Singer, Songwriter
Co-Founder Gang of Pour


Acoustic 6 & 12-string Guitars, Harmonica, Electric Bass



George Heritier aka Don Coyote knew he wanted to play music after watching that first appearance by the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, back in 1964. His first paying gig was with a garage band called The Caretakers; it was in a bar, and he was 14. From there, he expanded his horizons to play music in a variety of formats, including rock, folk, blues, bluegrass, country and even a little jazz. He has played in a variety of settings, including coffee houses, saloons, concerts and festivals, and he remembers a set on the stage of Detroit’s fabled Grande Ballroom in 1969 as being among his more memorable. Until 2013, his recorded output was limited to a 45 RPM single on vinyl, released in 1977, featuring two songs about fallen Bay City, Michigan landmarks, “The Ballad of the Third Street Bridge” and “The Saga of the Last Chance Saloon.” The release of his CD, “In My Element,” happily adds to Heritier’s songbook, and he says that “there’s more where that came from.”

Throughout his musical journey, George has remained firmly entrenched in American roots music. Playing 6 and 12-string guitars, and accompanying himself on harmonica, he sings and writes in a style that incorporates elements of folk, old time country, blues and bluegrass. He has lived in Michigan all of his life, and his love for his home state naturally finds its way into his music. Themes tend to be irreverent; he hasn’t written a pretty love song in a long, long time. These days, he’s more apt to write about pine cone Buddhas, drunk bugs swimming in a glass of wine and the joys of being a locavore. When he covers songs, whether traditional or penned by others, he lives with them for months or years, so that they become his own.

“I’ve worn many musical hats during my years of playing professionally, but my heart is centered in American roots music in its myriad variations. I sing and I play acoustic 6 & 12-string guitars, harmonica and electric bass. I write songs about anything that catches my attention, often with a humorous twist, and I "borrow" songs from those I admire and make them my own. I played my first gig at the age of 14, in a bar, and I never looked back.” - George Heritier




  • "The Ballad of the Third Street Bridge/The Saga of the Last Chance Saloon (1977) eBay


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