The 59th Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on February 12, 2017. Taj Mahal & The Hula Blues Band’s release “Live from Kauai” is up for Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Performance. Good luck, Taj!
February 6, 2015, Kauai, Hawaii: Under a 6000 sq. ft. pavilion, Taj Mahal assembled a score of musicians next to lapping waves of the Pacific. Some were friends from the Hula Blues Band, others, jazz legends who, like himself, are at the top of their game.
Two sold-out concerts packed with ecstatic audiences who swayed, danced and rocked out with that sweet, powerful aloha spirit brought yet another wonder. The acoustics of the open tent pitched there next to the ocean created an extraordinary sound quality. The recordings were terrific! Two CDs are necessary to share the harmony of those events.
So what will you hear? Taj’s powerful voice, old-school country blues w/ R&B, reggae, calypso, jazz riffs on vibes, steel and flute, rockin’ 12 strings and ukulele, 4-part voice harmony, all Hawaiian laced. Taj Mahal and Kuleana music proudly release “Taj Mahal and the Hula Blues Band, Live from Kauai”.
Available as digital download, double CD album and vinyl in September, 2015
Disc 1 – HOT:
Good Morning Miss Brown – Taj Mahal
Coconut Man – F. Hibbert arr. Taj Mahal
Corinna – Jesse Ed Davis & Taj Mahal
Done Changed My Way Of Living – Taj Mahal
Betty and Dupree – Chuck Wilis arr. Taj Mahal
Fishin’ Blues – Henry Thomas & Taj Mahal
Queen Bee – Taj Mahal
Gonna Move Up To The Country, (Paint My Mailbox Blue) – Taj Mahal
New Hula Blues – Taj Mahal
Everybody Is Somebody – Winston Bailey arr. Taj Mahal
Disc 2 – CHILL:
Twilight In Hawaii – Audrey Robinson Archer Ceran & Marcel George Archer Ceran
Johnny Too Bad – Delroy Wilson, Winston Bailey, Hylton Beckford & Derrick Crooks
5 String Banjo (Roscoe’s Mule Down in Roscoe’s Barn) – Taj Mahal
Moonlight Lady – Pat Cockett & Carlos Andrade
King Edward’s Throne – Rufus Callender arr. Taj Mahal
Sacred Island – Taj Mahal
Holoholo Ka’a – Clarence Kinney, Johnny Almeida & John Noble
Sleep Walk – Santo Farina, Johnny Farina & Ann Farina
Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes – Taj Mahal
Blackjack Davey – Trad and adapted by Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal – vocals, guitar, resonator guitar, banjo
Pat Cockett – ‘ukulele, vocals
Pancho Graham – double bass, vocals
Carlos Andrade – ‘ukulele, vocals
Kester Smith – drums and percussion
Roger Glenn – vibes, sax, clarinet, flute, percussion, vocals
Bobby Ingano – lap steel
Mike Kaawa – 12-string guitar, vocals
Willie K – ‘ukulele
Kirby Keough – additional guitar, ‘ukulele , and background vocals
Aurora Kaawa – hula
Sabra Kauka – blessing
An all-star lineup of Hawaiian and Blues musicians come together for a not-to-be-missed experience, featuring the incomparable Taj Mahal, and Hawaiian Legend Mike Kaawa.
Courtyard by Marriott Kaua’i at Coconut Beach
Feb. 7th, 7pm
Feb 8th, 3pm
Including solo sets by Taj Mahal and Mike Kaawa, traditional blessings by Sabra Kauka, and hula dancing by Aurora Kaawa
Taj Mahal – Vocals, Acoustic/Electric Guitar
Kester Smith – Drums
Pancho Graham – Acoustic bass, background vocals
Pat Cockett – Liliu ukulele, background vocals
Bobby Ingano – Hawaiian lap steel guitar
Roger Glenn – Tenor saxophone alto saxophone, clarinet, background vocals
Mike Kaawa on acoustic guitar, background vocals, and ukulele.
Thirteen-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas joins a host of top Hawaiian musicians for an unforgettable celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.
Performing for the first time in Hawaii, Jerry Douglas will join such local stars as Ledward Kaapana, Dennis Kamakahi, Mike Kaawa, Nathan Aweau, Jeff Peterson, and Benny Chong. Kauai artists include Ken Emerson, Pancho Graham, Kirby Keough, and the children’s choir from Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha Learning Center
Headlining the event are members of The Hawaiian Legends Ledward Kaapana, Dennis Kamakahi, and Mike Kaawa, who will perform in solo, duo, and trio
Jerry Douglas is considered the world’s leading dobro player. Jerry has performed with Alison Krauss, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Mumford and Sons, Ray Charles, Phish, and Bela Fleck.