Between 1915 and 1941 the U.S. Mainland and the rest of the world embraced
the island sounds coming from Hawaii. Early Tin Pan Alley and Hawaiian
songwriters blended Jazz and Big Band era music with Hawaiian music
and themes to create a virtual paradise on the radio for people longing
for something better during the Great Depression. Hapa Haole (half white)
songs with their English lyrics, Hawaiian themes and jazz flavorings
fueled the early tourist industry in Hawaii. The music quickly spread
around the world influencing many musical styles including Country Swing,
Gospel, and Blues. Some of the finest music and musicians in the world
are from Hawaii!
Hawaiian Connection: Hawaiian music and the Hawaiian steel
guitar were a dramatic influence for early Country and Blues artists
in the 1920's. The steel guitar and all its forms (blues slide, dobro,
pedal steel, lap steel) owes its existence to the invention of slide
guitar playing by Joseph Kekuku and great Hawaiian songwriters and musicians
as early as 1880. Bringing their sounds to the United Stated at the
turn of the 20th century for expositions and fairs, the steel guitar
style and the ukulele's influence began to spread. There was a Hawaiian
music craze that started in 1915, and its popularity continued until
1941 when world events focused people's attention elsewhere. Ukulele's,
steels, and all things Hawaiian were extremely popular. Hawaiian musicians
toured with early country bands and blues artists, forever changed their
style after seeing Hawaiian steel masters play their unique music. Without
this influence, lap steel, country steel, pedal steel, dobro and blues
slide styles would not exist today as we know them!
being a part of musical history, this sound is fun and adds the right
touch to your summertime (or anytime) events.
to see you soon!
you interested in the Hawaiian Steel guitar?
You can find out more by joining the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association
(HSGA). Their mission is the promotion and perpetuation of traditional
Hawaiian music, which includes the unique "signature sound"
of Hawaiian steel guitar. Visit
the HSGA online!
influences: Sol Hoopii, Bob Wills, Jerry Byrd,
Junior Brown, Hank Williams, The Hula Monsters and, of course, the band
Rounder has been playing in Northern Colorado for many years. Our country
swing band plays songs from old country greats like Bob Wills, Ray Price,
Merle and others. We've created the Book 'em Danno alter ego to bring
unique new sounds to our audiences and fans. Plus summertime pool parties
are more fun than dusty barns :-).
a small world" News:
We had the pleasure of meeting Sol Hoopii's grandneice,
She did a beautiful impromptu hula to "Po La'ila'i" at our
gig at the 'Taste of Weld County,' and the audience was mesmorized (not
to mention the Band members!) by her amazing artistry.
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