Taj Mahal & The Hula Blues Band – Live From Kauai

CD cover for Live From Kauai

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”.

Taj Mahal live in Kauai Hawaii

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

Hawaiian Blues Live

Featuring:
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

The whole Hula Band on stage