Hawaiians On the Chitlin Circuit

One important question that is addressed head on in John Troutman's book "Kika Kila" is what is what level of influence can we ascribe to the Hawaiians in terms of the development of the slide guitar in southern blues music? Did southerners independently come up with the slide guitar or did they adapt and refine... Continue Reading →


Where Did It Come From: Guitar Origins In the Islands

As I digest the opening chapter of John Troutman's book "Kika Kila: How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music" I am intrigued by the possibility of two other sources for the guitar in Hawai'i. While the common narrative holds that cowboys of California brought here by Kamehameha III in the 1830s... Continue Reading →

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