The Des Moines Register calls PATRICK HAZELL "a legend in Iowa Music". Teaching himself to play boogie-woogie piano in 1956, Hazell was soon performing at school functions. In 1968, he formed the MOTHER BLUES BAND. Touring an eight-state, Mid-western area until late 1982, the band earned an award-winning and even mythical reputation. Hazell then launched his solo career singing his original songs while playing keyboards, harmonica, and percussion at the same time. An official endorsee of the Hohner Company's world-famous harmonicas, he is known for an original style which reflects jazz, blues, country, zydeco/Cajun, classical, and folk/world music. He has toured extensively in the Midwest region of the United States, and since 1986, has toured regularly in Europe, South America, and Russia. An inductee into both the IOWA BLUES HALL OF FAME (2000) and the IOWA MUSIC ASSOCIATION ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAME (2007), as of 2007, he has produced and recorded 36 albums of his original music. Writing for Chicago's Heartland Journal, Tim Janes stated "....HAZELL's music is the music of America's heartland."