Got Palaka? "Got Palaka?" is the second single from my new album 'Song for Waimea'. This song was inspired by the ubiquitous palaka shirt that is so closely associated with Waimea, the paniolo, and upcountry living in general. It is what I like to call "the real Hawaiian shirt". The palaka shirt has an interesting history … Continue reading Got Palaka?


‘Song for Waimea’: Origin Story

Everything needs an origin story. While I could say the origin story for my new album 'Song for Waimea' first began when I moved here when I was five years old, it truly started to take shape after a curious creative predicament I found myself in about two summers ago. At that time I had … Continue reading ‘Song for Waimea’: Origin Story

Ha’aheo Nā Kanaka Paniolo It's been a little over two weeks since the debut of my new single Ha'aheo Nā Kanaka Paniolo from my upcoming album 'Song for Waimea' and I couldn't be happier with the reception it has received. The highlight has been the realization of one of my dreams when my song was played on KAPA radio … Continue reading Ha’aheo Nā Kanaka Paniolo

Steel String Origins In Hawaii

In my never-ending quest to uncover information relating to the early history of the acoustic steel string guitar in Hawaii I recently came across two sources of quality information that I would like to share. I previously wrote a little about the history of the dreadnaught guitar and the role of Hawaiian music in its … Continue reading Steel String Origins In Hawaii

Best Country/Americana of 2018

2018 has been quite a banner year for all things country and Americana. It seems as mainstream radio country keeps getting worse and worse, the grassroots "traditional" stuff keeps getting better and better. I won't get into the argument about whether or not we should even be using the term "Americana", you can someone's opinion … Continue reading Best Country/Americana of 2018

You Want a Top Ten?!

So the trappings of facebook strike again! Rather than bore you with ten days of me posting random album covers for you to gawk at and then to subsequently ignore as you continue your endless scroll through the ethers of what is your facebook feed, yet to also respectfully fulfill a request from a friend, … Continue reading You Want a Top Ten?!

Hawaiian Epic Sessions

I recently watched this superb documentary on PBS called "American Epic Sessions". To summarize, the film documents the recent recording sessions produced by Jack White and T. Bone Burnett in which they use a rebuilt recording machine from the early 1920s to record a diverse set of artists including Alabama Shakes, Nas, Taj Mahal and others.  … Continue reading Hawaiian Epic Sessions