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markwitz
`Olu`olu

USA
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Posted - 04/25/2019 :  08:31:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

A very interesting podcast from the Smithsonian about Joseph Kekuku, who invented the Hawaiian steel guitar. It traces the importance of the Hawaiians and this instrument in regards to the beginning of country music and blues.

https://www.si.edu/sidedoor/ep-19-aloha-yall?fbclid=IwAR1Qs-erOsk4E_raSSYUBzKTSjVMMyIadH3kHJE8LZ66X-JM2PiB95O7-EY

"The music of the Hawaiians, the most fascinating in the world, is still in my ears and
haunts me sleeping and waking."
Mark Twain

jkwasnik
Aloha

USA
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Posted - 09/19/2019 :  08:25:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit jkwasnik's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes. One would think that Ken Burns could have consulted the Smithsonian for his country music documentary series.

But I did note that in episode 1, the first Jimmie Rodgers clip had a steel player backing him. Then a later still photo showed his band wearing leis, with a seated steel player in the foreground.

John Kwasnik
Sacramento, CA
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thumbstruck
Ahonui

USA
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Posted - 09/23/2019 :  04:12:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very cool podcast. Mahalo for sharing!
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