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Showing posts with label Hawaii. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hawaii. Show all posts

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Homegrown Festival in Hawaii Welcomes Guitar Ace Solomon King in Concert

  13th Annual Kaua'i Hawaii Homegrown Music Festival
                          Welcomes Blues Guitar Ace,                                  
                     -Performing Saturday, November 9-  

  (HAWAII) - The 13th Annual Kaua'i Hawaii Homegrown Music Festival welcomes blues guitar ace Solomon King, Saturday, November 9, 5 p.m., at Church of the Pacific Outdoor Amphitheater. Tickets/Info: Longtime Grateful Dead member Bill Kreutzman is among the headliners at the always-eclectic three-day lineup, which is family-friendly.
  Solomon King is set to release his third album, Train on November 11. Go to for information on where to purchase Train

"Solomon King's new release "Train" is the sign of an artist on his way up. This is his best music so far--with great singing, strong songwriting, and a selfless maturity--and yet I sense even bigger things ahead. reminds me of early Dire Straits or The Band circa "Music From Big Pink," great music following an artistic vision all in service of each individual song."
                               SUNDAY NIGHT BLUES PROJECT

  The 2009 Grammy Awards entrant nominee was recently in the news for "The Phil Spector Incident," King's clever movie remake of the high-profile Phil Spector trial that also includes a ten-song companion soundtrack ("Live On") with a stripped-down, sensuous version of Spector's Wall of Sound classic, "Be My Baby." "With King, the blues are in good hands," writes Ashley Jude Collie of The Huffington Post. "His New-School Blues' includes some modern riffs on traditional blues, and beyond." BMans Blues Report states, "King's track 'Suicide' features hot guitar riffs that will blow your hair back."

  In a review of King's new album, Train, John Vermilyea of Blues Underground states, "after listening to Train I must once again put his music into a category for which the term brilliant is first and foremost...packed with truly great tunes from beginning to end.
A really great album from one of the better singers, songwriters, and guitarists
performing nowadays. Highly recommended and thoroughly enjoyed."

                               Promotional Video For "Train"  

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Voodoo Child / Purple Haze - Vince Esquire Band

Vince Esquire (Vincent Esquer): In Vince Esquire's brief but impressive career, he has been featured with and opened for such music luminaries as Willie Nelson, the Gregg Allman band, The Allman Brothers, Los Lonely Boys, Fun Music legend Fred Wesley, Derek Trucks, Little Feat, The Little Memphis Blues Orchestra (formerly the Taylor Hicks Band), Coco Montoya, Tommy Castro, Willie K, Chris Duarte, Eric Johnson, The Doobie Brother's co-founder and guitarist Pat Simmons, Journey, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, The Fran Cosmo Band (formerly of the band Boston), The FIXX, Bill Kreutzmann and the 7 Walkers, Los Lobos and Aerosmith. In 2010 The Vince Esquire Band released their CD, "Back Where You Belong" with the production and engineering assistance of Uncle Don Lopez to warm reception, press and regular radio play. The stand-out track according to fans and peers is "War Cry", a 10 minute monster of a tune that heavily captures masterful production and raw emotion. Vince Esquire's guitar work is featured on the 2010 Gregg Allman CD "Low Country Blues" in which he plays along side T-Bone Burnett and Dr. John on the track, "Just Another Rider"

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Friday, August 31, 2012

The Thrill Is Gone - Willie K

Raised on Maui, Willie Kahaiali’i (a.k.a.Willie K.) has been playing music and entertaining audiences since the age of 10. His father Manu Kahaiali’i, one of Hawaii’s most respected musicians, recruited Willie and his brothers to perform in his band. From the very beginning, Willie was influenced by and exposed to a myriad of musical genres; from the Hawaiian, Jazz, and early R&B he heard at his father’s side, to the sounds emanating from the radio and TV from musical giants such as B.B. King, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and Willie Nelson. It is no wonder why Willie has evolved into such an eclectic and charismatic singer/songwriter/entertainer. By his high school graduation, Willie was playing in as many as 8 bands from country and western, salsa, rhythm and blues, rock, and of course Hawaiian. A few years later he moved to San Francisco determined to make it in the music scene there.

After several years in California, Willie gained some notoriety opening for groups such as Cecilio and Kapono. But after one too many earthquakes, he decided to return home. Back on Maui, with renewed determination, Willie focused on recording an album of his own. His first three albums changed the direction of contemporary Hawaiian music. He swept up multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (The Hawaiian Grammy’s) from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, and continued to record for a new company, Round Island Records. After two more recording efforts, he took a break from recording his own music and teamed up with a new talent, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom. He has produced three albums with Amy for The Mountain Apple Company. He earned 2 more Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for Producer of the year, while Amy won Album of the Year, Female Vocalist, Song of the Year, and Hawaiian Album of the Year awards.

In 1999, while working on Amy’s new album, Willie filled the studio with his own music. Between takes and on breaks, Willie kept the recorder going and finished a Christmas album, “Willie Kalikimaka.”

“Willie Kalikimaka” reflected Willie’s favorite songs for the season and fulfilled the public’s demand for his version of “O Holy Night,” recorded some years back as a single. “Away in a Manger” was almost completely recorded when Willie K ran into Willie Nelson on Maui. The conversation resulted in a duet of this incredible rendition of this Christmas classic and an experience that will be etched into Willie K’s musical career. The common language of music created an instant friendship. “Willie Kalikimaka” ended up being the biggest selling Christmas CD in 1999 and hit local sales charts at the #1 spot, beating the new recordings of Mariah Carey and Santana, while rising to #11 on Billboard Magazine’s Worldbeat charts.

The beginning of 2000 also brought forth a new CD, “The Uncle In Me”, which compiles the best of Willie’s music into a single recording. The songs, which have been Willie’s trademark pieces, have been unavailable on the market for years. “The Uncle In Me” brought these songs back to the ears of Willie K fans, digitally re-mastered to highlight the musical and vocal talents of Willie K.

The end of the century and millennium brought some very exciting changes for Willie K. After 5 years devoted to the advancement of Amy Gilliom’s career, Willie has decided to re-launch and pursue his own solo career again, while also developing other talent. In December, Willie announced the formation of his new company, Maui Tribe Productions – an independent entertainment enterprise.

In all his professional years, Willie K. has played with and/or opened for such musical giants as B.B. King, Santana, Al DiMeola, Willie Nelson, Prince, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Rait, Jackson Browne, Mick Fleetwood, George Benson and Jimmy Buffett … just to name a few!

By the end of 2004, Willie had garnered national attention with appearances on VH-1′s “100 Greatest Love Songs”, Extra, performing the halftime shows on Monday Night Football’s Jets vs. Raiders game, and the 2004 NFL’s Pro Bowl. In 2004, Willie also received his first Grammy nomination for his collaboration with Amy Gilliom for their “Amy & Willie Live” CD.

In 2005, Willie began performing with Eric Gilliom, Amy’s brother, and formed The Barefoot Natives. The duo created a natural blend of Hawaiian contemporary sound that has their signature stamp on it. Both CDs, “Barefoot Natives” and “Slack Key Circus”, received multiple Hoku nominations, winning one Hoku award in 2007 for “Best New Artist”. The duo continues to perform their music along side one of rock-n-roll’s historical icon, Mick Fleetwood, in his Island Rumours Band.
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Monday, May 28, 2012

God Shaped Hole - Reverend Freakchild- Release review

I received a new CD called God Shaped Hole by Reverend Freakchild. The band here is Rev on Vocal, guitar, harmonica; Jon "Bones Richie" Robinson on bass; "Crazy" Joe Kaplowitz on Hammond B3; Drew Glackin on lap steel; Sara Alden on fiddle; and includes Sean Condron, Mamie, CC and Sal Paradise on vocals. The cd is made up of 11 original tracks. All Across America is a straight rocker and Supersubconcious has more of a soft country sound which could get airplay. My Good Friend Legbe has some really interesting slide resonator work and A Day Late and a $ Short is a cool swing blues rocker. Stupid Motherf#%!er is sure to be a crowd pleaser with it's straightforward irreverence. Don't Miss Nothing closes the set with some cool finger picking and slide work. If you like things a little off the beaten track, this may be your ticket.
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