Aloha everyone! Hope your New Year is off to a good start. It’s been busy around here, what with the annual return of the humpback whales and our winter visitors, things are definitely hopping on Maui.
Shortly after the release of my Beatles CD last May, I began work in earnest on this new album. 17 of the 18 tracks were recorded live (without overdubs) at art fairs under the banyan tree in Lahaina, so all the emotion and soul of The Stick was captured and preserved faithfully. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed producing it.
On “Rainbows”, I debut a new instrument designed by Emmett Chapman. It’s called the 12-string Stick Guitar® (SG12™). This instrument is in a much higher pitched register than the Grand Stick- it’s more like guitar that also reaches into the range of a violin. The highs are crystalline and the tone is extremely sweet. I fell in love with this model the first moment I laid eyes on it and I’ve been playing the heck out of it since Jan. 2010. “Rainbows” is the first CD to feature this instrument exclusively.
With 18 total tracks, the total playing time is just under 60 minutes. I covered a lot of ground with the material: there’s a great Santana tune, a new rendition of “Over The Rainbow”, a couple of Beatles tunes, some old favorites and even a couple of songs from the 1962 movie “Blue Hawaii”. Plus, I included 5 new original songs. Overall, there’s lots to like on this new album and I hope you’ll agree.
It’s available for immediate shipment or download at my store: http://www.cdbaby.com/all/stikmstr
As always, I appreciate your continued support of my music on the exotic Chapman Stick. I can’t say Mahalo loud enough.
All the best and A Hui Hou!