Willie K. Returns To The Time Machine
Singer-songwriter Willie K. returns to The Time Machine to share some stories about his music, perform a few songs live on the radio and invite everyone on the island of Maui to join him at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea as Willie presents the first annual ALL BLUES music festival at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii. As host of the festival, Willie is featuring legendary musicians Elvin Bishop and Mick Fleetwood along with local bluesmen Bobby Ingram and Tom Conway. Angela Strehli, Gilbert Emata, James "Hutch" Hutchinson, Gregory Marsh and Lenny Castellanos are also onstage to perform for the six hour blues festival. More special guests to be announced as the festival kicks off this Saturday. 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 year 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 upcoming releases for 2013 with radio host Michael McCartney.
Video Below: A brief performance clip of Willie K. on The Time Machine broadcast performing a stripped down version of his song "Howling At The Moon"
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.
A special Mahalo Nui Loa goes out to Jesse Alpuro and Donora Kahaiali'i for making this interview and performance happen at the very last minute.
This Maui afternoon FM radio aircheck also features music from The Bangles (Susanna Hoffs was the previous musical guest), Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Jeff Lynne.
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