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Gabby Pahinui

Slack-key guitarist and singer from Hawaii

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Gabby Pahinui

Aloha! Today on Ecléctico you're listening to the great Gabby Pahinui from Honolulu, a slack-key guitarist and singer. The Hawaiian slack-key style, in short, loosens the guitar strings to produce different tunings and a lingering sound when each is played. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article about Gabby on 30 Days Out, and you can learn more about slack-key guitar in an extra link below.

"E Nihi Ka Hele" by Gabby Pahinui
1975 | Slack-key guitarist and singer from Hawaii

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For a short time in the mid-1970s, this album by Hawaiian musician Gabby Pahinui and his band was a stoner’s delight. Produced by ace guitarist/producer/musical historian Ry Cooder, The Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band Vol. 1 was the highlight of Pahuini’s long career.
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In the early 1970s Americans started to rediscover their indigenous music (Cajun music went through a similar renaissance) and Gabby’s music was at the forefront again. Ry Cooder joined the “Gabby Band” for four albums, one of which appeared on the Warner Bros. label in 1975. The music, sung in the language of the islands, was instantly more authentic than the Don Ho nightclub stuff we were so accustomed to hearing. The guitar work on this album is excellent – Gabby had taken up the more modern Hawaiian steel guitar and with Ry Cooder on board, as you can imagine this album featured some guitar playing that is absolutely breathtaking, sort of an aural version of Hawaiian scenery.

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