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Brother Noland, The Father of Jawaiian Music

It’s easy to think of Hawaiian music as something static, a little ukulele, a little lap steel, a sweet falsetto and the resonance of slack key. But it’s very much an evolving form, pulling in outside influences to make something different, but still uniquely Hawaiian. Where Hawaiian music collides with the distinctive beat of Jamaican reggae, you’ll find Brother Noland.

Brother Noland might be best known for Coconut Girl — it’s in the sound track for Pineapple Express and earned him the title “Father of Jawaiian Music.” His new album, Hawaiian Man, has a more traditional tenor, Hawaiian songs sung (mostly) in Hawaiian with lots of sweet chiming notes from his guitar — and some of that melancholy sentiment that makes you pine for the islands. Here’s Brother Noland in the studio recording the title track for Hawaiian Man.

Brother Noland is on tour and he’ll be here in Seattle on September 27th for a show at the Triple Door, a venue that hosts lots of great Hawaiian music. And I’ve got a pair of tickets to give away. All you need to do is leave a comment, I’ll drawn names on September 22nd and notify the winner by email.

One Comment

  1. Amy Cronin says:

    What could be better than Hawaiian and Reggae combined?? I’m getting the chills already. 🙂