As he says: ‘From old missionary hymns, ragtime jazz, the blues, and what Jelly Roll Morton called the Spanish “tinge”, bluegrass inherited much from Hawaiians and traditional Hawaiian music. And Hawaiians borrowed freely from early country music!’
The man with the golden tonsils certainly brought some aloha to our Wednesday.
‘My aloha (Appalachian mountain home)’ and
‘Jerry in the deep blue sea’, Peter Rowan, My Aloha! (Omnivore Recordings)
‘Yi-Rrana’, Letterstick Band, Lullabies (Putamayo)
‘Going down slowly’, Julian James, Whiskey and the Devil (indie)
‘Ami ami slack key’, Led Ka’apana and Bob Brozman, In the Saddle (Dancing Cat)
Listen live here.
'Wordy-Gurdy on the radio' with Helen Jennings on Roots of Rhythm, PBS 106.7FM, 9.30-10 a.m. Wednesday 19 July