We love Ken
Emerson! You will love Ken Emerson! This new CD from Ken is
award winning-worthy material! Ken Emerson is one of Hawaii’s
premier slack key & steel guitarists. He has been performing &
recording on vintage
Hawaiian instruments for over 30 years. Emerson’s unique playing
style has helped lead the way in resurrecting the traditions of
vintage Hawaiian music. It pushes Hawaiian music into new
territory. This disc is an acoustic musical journey where
American roots meets traditional Hawaii in the company of
some spicy Latin &
Caribbean influences. Emerson stretches the limits. He is a
dynamo - one of the most powerful pickers in Hawaiian music
today. Beyond Emerson’s skillful playing, he is an accomplished
songwriter & a sweet voiced singer. Five original compositions
are included. Friends featured include: Darlene Ahuna, Todd
Rundgren, Lorin & Chris Rowan, Dave Jenkins, Cindy Combs, Pancho
Graham, England’s Papa George, & Kaua’i chanter & Kuma Hula
Pa’ula Chandler. Emerson’s core style always reflects the steel
guitars’ grassroots Hawaiian origins of a century ago and he
taps into classic jazz & blues era influences as well as Latin
styles. An all-acoustic intoxicating voyage to another place and
time, integrating old world territorial days sound with new
daring energy – a potent package of Hawaiian Tangos, Hulas &
Blues. We listen to this one daily & give it a 5-star
Featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered.
is one of the world’s most highly regarded
traditional Hawaiian slack key & steel guitarists living today.
Emerson’s unique playing style reflects the Hawaiian guitar’s grassroots
origins of over a century ago.
For over 30 years Emerson has helped lead the way in resurrecting the
traditions of vintage Hawaiian music, tapping into classic jazz & blues
along the way.
In 2005 Ken won the prestigious Kahili Award
for perpetuating Hawaiian culture, and was a featured
artist and composer on the very first National Academy of Recording Arts &
GRAMMY Award winning ‘Best Hawaiian album’.
Slack & Steel – Kauai Style
powerful acoustic Hawaiian slack key & steel guitar music at its best,
featuring friends Bill Kruetzmann,
Todd Rundgren, & Charlie Musselwhite,
four original compositions, as well as updated versions of some classic
songs that you
won’t want to miss.
Slack and Steel
is another example of
slack key guitar!
ENJOY this 19-track
Ken's albums have won island
music awards and his style
is very reminiscent
of Hawaii's best players!
from Ken Emerson
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