Willie K. Interview on The Time Machine
One of the most celebrated and talented singer-songwriters to emerge from Hawaii in the eighties and make a name for himself as one of Hawaii's top entertainers around the world is Willie K. Throughout the nineties and the turn of the century, Willie Kahaiali’i redefined the music scene in Hawaii. Willie was a guest on The Time Machine last week and shared his thoughts behind his latest blues masterpiece "Warehouse Blues". With numerous albums under his artistic belt along with outside musical projects like the successful duo The Barefoot Natives (with Eric Gilliom) and Amy Hanaiali’i, the guitar virtuoso discussed his career with radio host Michael McCartney and hints at what may be ahead.
The band members on "Warehouse Blues" are some of Maui's finest musicians; Jerry Byers on bass guitar, Kris Thomas on drums, percussionist Mio "Timbolero" Flores and Tam Sugayan on congas. Playing the killer electric guitar on "Nasty Thing" is Avi Ronen who is featured as a special guest musician on the album along with Howard Eisenberg on saxophone and Sam Ahia, Sr. performs the jazz guitar on "Lonely Man". While Willie bent those guitar strings and sang his heart out, Jesse Alpuro and Nick Fournier engineered the album. Nick Fournier also mixed the album with Jonathan Starr and it was mastered by John Scrip. A collaborative effort to bring the artistic style of Willie K to the ears of global music fans appreciative of the blues.
On Maui, this Sunday October 16th, there will be an album release party for Willie K's album "Warehouse Blues" to coincide with the opening of the new Maui Tribe location at 270 Waiehu Beach Road in Wailuku. Maui Tribe is hosting “A Grand Celebration Willie K Style” and it also happens to be Willie’s birthday celebration. Come down and join in on the fun from 12 Noon to 4PM for good times and great music.
This Maui afternoon FM radio aircheck also features brand new music from Brad Paisley, Daryl Hall and Fountains Of Wayne. Other artists featured on the broadcast include Sylvia Robinson, The Smith Bros., Billy Vera & The Beaters, Nigel Olsson, Hudson-Ford, Rachael Yamagata & Jason Mraz, Wilco, Heart and KISS.
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