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Songs & Stories

Songs & Stories

By Big Island Music Magazine
Host Steve Roby speaks with Hawai’i island’s top musicians about the stories behind their favorite songs and creative writing process. Songs and Stories is produced by Big Island Music Magazine with new episodes available every Thursday.
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Rocky Horror Show in Hilo
The Hilo Community Players will present a distanced, drive-in style, live production of Richard O’Brien’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, Oct. 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 & 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium Parking Lot. Tickets are available now at HiloPlayers.org.  This podcast features an interview with Dr. Rachel Klein, president of the Hilo Community Players, talking about what the audience can look forward to at the upcoming shows.                                                                  
11:55
October 21, 2021
Talking Story With Kailee Spark
Songs & Stories Podcast: S4, E5 Kailee Spark up in the SF Bay Area – Silicon Valley, raised Mormon, and left the church at age 22. A child of the ‘80s, her musical career started at eight years young, she wrote her first song at 12, raised on classic rock music, she was gifted a guitar at 13 and the rest is history. Learning to play by ear and always challenging herself by writing songs in every genre in her journey as a singer-songwriter. In this episode, you'll hear, "Passageways" and "Universe at Your Fingers." Follow Kailee Spark: Website I Twitter I Instagram
18:03
May 6, 2021
Talking Story with Terrapin Station
The Big Island Beat Podcast: Bonus Episode Show notes: In this episode you’ll hear backstage interviews with Terrapin Station members Russell Ruderman (guitar/vocals), Michael Surprenant (drums/vocals), and Sarah Bethany (Keyboard/ vocals). The Grateful Dead tribute concert marked the first live music performance since the pandemic closed the theatre over a year ago. The Big Island Beat podcast is available for free on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. If you have a podcast show suggestion or guest interview recommendation, give Big Island Music Magazine a call at (318) 500-3582, and leave us a message on the request line. If we like what we hear, we might air it on a future podcast episode. Thanks for listening and Aloha!
39:20
April 15, 2021
Talking Story with Brad Bordessa
In this episode, we speak with musician Brad Bordessa who has been playing and teaching the ʻukulele professionally for over a decade. Bordessa talks about his new podcast, and tells us about the backstory for two of his original songs, "Fall Out," and "If Only." To learn more about Brad Bordessa, visit: https://liveukulele.com.
28:17
March 9, 2021
Talking Story with Charles Michael Brotman
Charles Michael Brotman is known throughout Japan and the US for his role as the lead guitarist for Kohala, the acoustic guitar trio from the Big Island of Hawaii. The Grammy Award winning guitarist/composer/producer is a staple of the Hawaiian musical diet. Songs & Stories is a production of Big Island Music Magazine, and available for free on ApplePodcasts, Overcast, Spotify, or on your favorite music app. Don’t forget to subscribe! Connect with Charles Michael Brotman: https://www.charlesmichaelbrotman.com
33:55
March 4, 2021
Talking Story With Scott Reagan
Scott Reagan is the lead singer for Bottle of Blue, Hawaii’s premier rock ‘n roll band. In this episode he shares new material including some from a new project called Bystander. Connect with Bottle of Blue on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bottle-of-Blue-298610106957021/ and YouTube.
50:08
February 22, 2021
Talking Story with Dagan Bernstein
With a deep voice and sure hand, Dagan is one of Waimea’s most authentic folk musicians infusing Hawaiian stylings into his own original compositions to create a refreshing sub-genre he calls “paniolo folk music.” His music hints at honest beginnings in an off-the-grid family and years spent playing alongside the legendary Hawaiian artist Braddah Smitty. By blending the two genres, Dagan has created a style that pays tribute to the ranching history of Hawai'i while embracing mainstream folk sounds. You can find his music here: https://www.daganmusic.com
40:31
February 16, 2021
Talking Story with Jesse Snyder
Jesse Snyder is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer and vocalist. He plays tenor and baritone saxophones, clarinet, flute, drums, has a smooth baritone singing voice, and is one of the most desirable musicians in Hawai'i for both live performances and recording sessions. If you have a podcast show suggestion or guest interview recommendation, give Big Island Music Magazine a call at (318) 500-3582, and leave us a message on the request line. If we like what we hear, we might air it on a future podcast episode. Thanks for listening and Aloha! Jesse Snyder: https://www.jessejsnyder.com
33:26
February 8, 2021
Talking Story with Honey Jar
Honey Jar is a singer-songwriter duo featuring Ellen Keehan and Kristin Lagasse's original folk music with a bluegrass flair. This episode includes the Honey Jar original "How Does Your Garden Grow," and Kristin Lagasse's Upside Down." Connect with Honey Jar: https://www.facebook.com/honeyjarkona Songs & Stories is a production of Big Island Music Magazine, and available for free on ApplePodcasts, Overcast, Spotify, or on your favorite music app. Don’t forget to subscribe!
24:13
February 2, 2021
Talking Story With Grammy Winning Musician John Cruz
Show Notes: Grammy-winning musician, John Cruz, is known for his soulful vocals and unique acoustic style of music. Cruz is a ‘Ki ho’alu’, slack key master, and his album ‘One Of These Days’ was named one of Hawaii’s greatest albums of the new century by Honolulu Magazine.  He is widely known for radio hits "Island Style," "Shine On," and "Sitting in Limbo" from the Acoustic Soul album. In this episode, we speak with Cruz about his upcoming Livestream concert on January 30, and hear a brand new song titled "It's Time To Build a Bridge."
11:50
January 29, 2021
Lorenzo's Army Livestream Dance Party
In anticipation of Lorenzoʻs Army's virtual dance party livestream concert on February 5, we spoke with guitarist Larry Rappolo about what fans can expect.  Lorenzo’s Army has been playing on the Big Island for 20 years at well-known local hotspots, music clubs, and private events. The band specializes in “good time tunes for the masses” covering everything from Etta James to Bruno Mars with strong grooves and powerful harmonies. Kahilu.TV’s first virtual dance party featuring local jam band Lorenzoʻs Army live streaming on Friday, February 5, at 7 p.m. HST. Ticket info below. Tickets: https://www.kahilu.tv/products/1st-livestream-dance-party-with-lorenzo-s-army
14:57
January 28, 2021
Kimberly June - Just KJ
Just KJ (aka Kimberly June) is a Kona-based folk-pop artist full of fun stories to tell. With an unconventional upbringing in the Dominican Republic and five years of the Nashville music industry under her belt, she has acquired quite a unique and deep outlook on life. Three of her original songs are featured on this podcast. The Songs & Stories podcast is a production of Big Island Music Magazine, and available for free on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Be sure to subscribe and review.  Connect with Kimberly June: https://justkj.love
27:55
January 26, 2021
Talking Story with Chase and Carl Kauhane
Chase and Carl Kauhane, of Waimea,  grew up playing music together and turned their favorite past-time in to a career in 2010. This episode features three of their songs: "Far Away," "Agree To Disagree," and "Take The Leap."  The Songs & Stories podcast is a production of Big Island Music Magazine. Catch up on previous episodes here: https://anchor.fm/bigislandmusicmagazine.
23:59
January 20, 2021
Elizabeth Sekona Robinson
Born and raised on Hawaii Island, Elizabeth Sekona Robinson has been playing violin most of her life. She received eleven years of classical training under Ursula Vietze-Koehler, during which time she won the annual Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth Concerto Competition twice. This episode features her work with the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra, a tribute to Frank Zappa, and a new track with Gary Washburn from the album Lavender. Songs & Stories is a production of Big Island Music Magazine, and available for free on ApplePodcasts, Overcast, Spotify, or on your favorite music app. Don’t forget to subscribe!
34:54
January 13, 2021
Gary Washburn
For over 30 years Honokaa High and Intermediate School band teacher Gary Washburn has been inspiring students to produce outstanding music. Washburn estimates he has taught three to four thousand students in his tenure at the school. Although he is reaching an age when retirement would be a consideration for most, Washburn maintains, “As long as it’s fun, I’m going to keep at it.” In this podcast you'll hear selection from BANDemic, the Honoka‘a Jazz Band's new release. If you have a podcast show suggestion or guest interview recommendation, give Big Island Music Magazine a call at (318) 500-3582, and leave us a message on the request line. If we like what we hear, we might air it on a future podcast episode. Thanks for listening and Aloha!
27:01
January 6, 2021
Talking Story with Sarah Bethany & Michael Surprenant
This episode features an interview with the multi-talented music couple of Michael Surprenant and Sarah Bethany. Sarah's a singer-songwriter, producer, arranger, and Michael is a producer, drummer, and studio engineer.  Tracks: "The Uncomfortable Truth" and "Illuminate." The Songs & Stories podcast is a production of Big Island Music Magazine, and available for free on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Be sure to subscribe. Catch up on previous episodes here: https://anchor.fm/bigislandmusicmagazine. Sarah Bethany: https://www.sarahbethany.com Michael Surprenant: https://www.manamusicstudio.com
44:47
December 29, 2020
Talking Story with Ryan "Higgs" Higgins
Rapper, singer, songwriter Higgs is our guest for this episode. He shares two original songs plus a sneak peak at his upcoming album. The Songs & Stories podcast is a production of Big Island Music Magazine, and available for free on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Be sure to subscribe. Catch up on previous episodes here: https://anchor.fm/bigislandmusicmagazine. Higgs: http://higgsmusic.com
22:16
December 23, 2020
Talking Story with RJ Kaneao
RJ Kaneao is an award winning recording artist, producer and session guitarist who’s played and/or recorded with many amazing A-list musicians and artists. You can find his music on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and on his own Pandora station (RJ Kaneao). Songs & Stories is a production of Big Island Music Magazine, and available for free on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Be sure to subscribe. Catch up on previous episodes here: https://anchor.fm/bigislandmusicmagazine.
31:28
December 16, 2020
Talking Story With Dirty Cello's Rebecca Roudman
Show notes: Dirty Cello started eight years ago when Rebecca Roudman, a tenured member of both the Oakland and Santa Rosa symphony orchestras, met guitarist Jason Eckl while attending college. He’s now her husband. Dirty Cello has since toured China, Italy, and even Iceland, all while paying their musical dues along the way. In this episode, Roudman talks about several unusual shows the band played during the past nine including a nudist colony, serenading animals at the zoo, and appearing in a commercial about being productive during the time of Covid-19 with Hangover actor Ken Jeung. Fans of the podcast will hear two unreleased Dirty Cello tracks "Don't Tell My Shows," and the Jimi Hendrix classic "Purple Haze."
20:02
December 15, 2020
The Big Island Beat Podcast: Talking Story With Makana
Show Notes: Widely praised for his mastery of the Hawaiian slack-key guitar, Oahu singer/songwriter Makana built a reputation around the turn of the millennium for his dynamic playing style that infuses indigenous guitar styles with rock, blues, and world music. Following his award-winning 1999 debut, he delivered a string of solo albums that mixed traditional slack-key instrumentals with original songs, later gaining wider notice for his contributions to the Grammy-nominated collections Hawaiian Slack Key Kings I & II as well as the soundtrack to the film The Descendants. Makana also has the distinction of being the last artist to perform at the Kahilu Theatre before the pandemic shut things down. Fans of the podcast will be treated to two originals songs by Makana, “Aloha-Ka Manini,” and “Stressed.” Connect with Makana via his website.
27:11
December 9, 2020
Talking Story with Musical Director Trever Veilleux
Show Notes: Normally this this time of year, Musical Director Trever Veilleux would be preparing the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra for its annual double-dose of Frank Zappa tribute concerts, however, the pandemic prevented that. Although folks won’t be lining up outside of the Performance Center to hear their interpretations, Veilleux appears on this podcast with his thoughts on Zappa and the UHJO. In this episode you'll hear UHJO  recordings of “Uncle Remus," Outside Now," and new material from Professor T & The East Side Shredders. Some listeners may object to the explicit lyrics found in these songs. To quote Zappa, "This album contains material which a truly free society would neither fear nor suppress."
59:17
December 6, 2020
Talking Story with Guitarist Tomi Isobe
Show Notes: Blues guitarist Tomi Isobe celebrates his 10-year tenure on the Big Island of Hawaii with a new album called Ko'u Huaka’i (My Journey). It’s a different musical path for Isobe and he’s joined by the legendary Sonny Lim on guitar. Isobe joins host Steve Roby, and they play three tracks from the new release. You’ll hear “Big Island Blues,” “Na Vaqueros,” and “Sukiyaki-Ue Wo Muite Arukou.” The guitarist also takes on the challenge of singing in in English, Hawaiian, Japanese and Spanish. Fans can preview and purchase the album here. Tomi Isobe: http://www.tomiisobemusic.com
26:20
November 29, 2020
The Friday Edition Podcast: John Burnett's Top Five Tunes
Show Notes: We asked John Burnett, staff writer for the Hawaii Tribune Herald, for his Top 5 Tunes and he came up with picks from Ledward Kaapana, Mark Yamanka, Nā Palapala, Darlene Ahuna, and Long Tall Deb and Colin John. Listen to the podcast to see which songs he chose. Burnett has been in Hawaii media for almost four-and-a-half decades, three of those in radio. He's also written extensively about Hawaii music and entertainment -- first in the late 1990s for the former Hawaii Island Journal, then for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald starting in 2006, where he's now the police and courts reporter and handling general assignments during the pandemic.  The Big Island Beat podcast is available for free on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. Thanks for listening and Aloha!
36:12
November 29, 2020
The Friday Edition - November 27: Kalani Peʻa
Our guest on this week’s podcast is two-time Grammy Award-Winning recording artist Kalani Peʻa. He talks about his two new singles that drop this week, and an upcoming performance on Kahilu TV. Plus, he’ll share some info on his third album due out in 2021. The Big Island Beat podcast is available for free on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. If you have a podcast show suggestion or guest interview recommendation, give Big Island Music Magazine a call at (318) 500-3582, and leave us a message on the request line. If we like what we hear, we might air it on a future podcast episode. Thanks for listening and Aloha! Connect with Kalani Peʻa: https://www.kalanipeamusic.com
25:55
November 24, 2020
Talking Story with Kainani Kahaunaele
Kainani Kahaunaele is a multi Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winning singer and composer from Kauai. Her original compositions have appeared in films, documentaries, and TV shows. This interview was recorded on October 25, 2020 at the Mauna Lani Resort before her concert, and features two of her original songs. A review of the show can be found on Big Island Music Magazine's site. Connect with Kainani Kahaunaele on Facebook.
27:25
November 23, 2020
Talking Story with Ydine
Show Notes: Ydine is a soulful songstress based out of Hawaii island. She performs throughout the islands as a solo artist and with her band anOtherEvolution, an ever-evolving ensemble of musicians. In this episode you’ll hear two of her originals “Yes I” and the title track of her current album “Belly of the Whale.” Connect with Ydine: https://www.ydinemusic.com
32:37
November 23, 2020
Talking Story with The Kona Rogues
On this episode, our guests are Irminsul Harp and Joanie Collins from the Celtic-rock fusion band known as The Kona Rogues. From their debut album, Battin' Down The Hatches, you'll hear "Pikes Will Be Together" and "OroSeDo." If you have a podcast show suggestion or guest interview recommendation, give Big Island Music Magazinea call at (318) 500-3582, and leave us a message on the request line. If we like what we hear, we might air it on a future podcast episode. Thanks for listening and Aloha! Follow The Kona Rogues on Facebook.
27:55
November 17, 2020
The Friday Edition: November 20
Our guests on this week’s episode include Maestro Brian Dollinger, Brother Noland, and Hal Glatzer. The Big Island Beat podcast is on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. If you have a podcast show suggestion or guest interview recommendation, give Big Island Music Magazine a call at (318) 500-3582, and leave us a message on the listener line.
36:05
November 17, 2020
Talking Story with Blayne Asing
Blayne Asing is a prolific songwriter and his original songs range from country/folk to Hawaiian and island music He released his debut album “Young, Old Soul” in 2015, which earned him the 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award (Hawaiʻi's GRAMMY® Award) for Most Promising Artist. Songs & Stories is a production of Big Island Music Magazine, and available for free on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Be sure to subscribe. Catch up on previous episodes here: https://anchor.fm/bigislandmusicmagazine. Blayne Asing: https://www.blayneasing.com
21:51
November 11, 2020
The Friday Edition: November 13
This week’s episode features a variety of guests and music. Georja Skinner is the founder of Creative Labs Hawaii (CLH) and talks about new revenue stream opportunities for Hawaii musicians. Charles Brotman, is a Grammy and Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winner and director of the CLH Music Immersive. Courtney Booth is the Artistic Director for the Aloha Theatre. She talks about how the theatre is offering virtual performances like "It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play." Nick Wong is a rising star on the Big Island music scene and he discusses his songwriting process. The 17-year-old is still high school but plays live shows like this Saturday at the View Restaurant Bar & Grill in Kona. 
38:31
November 11, 2020
The Friday Edition: November 6
On this week's Friday edition of the Big Island Beat podcast, we have a full show including new music from Tomi Isobe, Olelo, and Bad Papa. We’ll also speak with Artistic Director Guck Gessert from the Kahilu Theatre, Executive Director Phillips Payson for the Hilo Palace Theatre, and comedian and radio personality Nikki Gour. The show wraps up with a report on the new Creative Lab Hawaii virtual program, spearheaded by the State Department of Business to help provide new revenue streams for Hawaii musicians.
40:53
November 5, 2020
Talking Story with Indi Folk Singer Jacy James Anderson
Jacy James Anderson is an indie-folk singer-songwriter who grew up on the Big Island, but is now based out of Denver, Colorado. He says his time here, especially under the tutelage of Honoka'a High band teacher Gary Washburn, helped shape his sound. In this interview, Anderson reflected on his rural to an urban musical journey. Jacy James Anderson Links jacyjamesanderson.com Facebook Twitter
19:53
November 4, 2020
Talking Story with singer Shallon Toré
Shallon Toré is a gifted vocalist and songwriter who uses her talents to spread her love of Christian music. Shallon Toré Craddock (aka “The Singing Doctor”) is an American urban contemporary gospel singer, contemporary Christian singer, and songwriter. Shallon started singing in a gospel choir at a very young age. During her senior year of high school, she had the opportunity to meet and sing for Reverend James Moore, a gospel music legend. In this episode she shares two original songs, "Glow" and "I Choose." If you have a podcast show suggestion or guest interview recommendation, give Big Island Music Magazine a call at (318) 500-3582, and leave us a message on the request line.
27:15
November 4, 2020
Talking Story With Guitarist Chris Stark
Chris Stark is an instrumental rock guitarist and songwriter from Hilo. He has played guitar in a variety of bands and ensembles over the years, ranging from thrash metal to reggae, to big band jazz to contemporary classical, and worldbeat fusion. We'll get to hear two originals, "Pandemic" and Ice Blue." Connect with Chris Stark: https://chrisstark.com
27:29
October 29, 2020
Guitarist Lauren Elle Broido
Guitarist and songwriter Lauren Broido talks about her musical journey from the mainland to the Big Island, and shares a few music clips from a Pink Floyd Tribute show, and 50th Woodstock concert (Shakastock) event. If you have a podcast show suggestion or guest interview recommendation, give Big Island Music Magazine a call at (318) 500-3582, and leave us a message on the request line. If we like what we hear, we might air it on a future podcast episode. Thanks for listening and Aloha!
24:33
October 22, 2020
Rising Reggae Star Lopaka Rootz
Lopaka Rootz is a singer/songwriter from Kailua Kona, on the big Island of Hawaii. He has appeared in the documentary film Livin' on a Rock: A Big Island Music Story, and at various Hawaii island music festivals. In this episode, you'll hear Lopaka perform "Livin' My Best Life," and "The Three L's," two recent songs from his catalog. You can find Songs & Stories on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts. It also airs weekly on KONA 100.5 FM in Kailua, Kona. If you have a podcast show suggestion or guest interview recommendation, give Big Island Music Magazine a call at (318) 500-3582, and leave us a message on our listener line. If we like what we hear, we might air it on a future podcast episode. Thanks for listening and Aloha! Visit Lopaka Rootz' Ohana Facebook page.
26:32
October 15, 2020
Broadway icon - Bronson Norris Murphy
Show Notes: On Saturday, October 17, 2020,  the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival will welcome Broadway icon, Bronson Norris Murphy, to the virtual stage. This concert is the first of the festival’s 2020 High Season Series which benefits the HPAF Student Scholarship Fund. All proceeds from this event will specifically benefit BIPOC Artists.  Buy Tickets: https://hawaiiperformingartsfestival.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=1191919 Best known to American audiences for premiering the role of The Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns, Bronson Norris Murphy is a versatile singing actor who has been seen on stages from Broadway to Japan and nearly every state in the nation. Praised for his “prodigious acting abilities” and for having a voice that has been acclaimed as “masterful, passionate and soaringly beautiful," Bronson makes his home on both the musical theatre and symphonic concert stages. Listen to this week’s show below. You can find Songs & Stories on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts. It also airs weekly on KONA 100.5 FM in Kailua, Kona. If you have a podcast show suggestion or guest interview recommendation, give Big Island Music Magazine a call at (318) 500-3582, and leave us a message on our listener line. If we like what we hear, we might air it on a future podcast episode. Thanks for listening and Aloha!
24:33
October 12, 2020
Bub Pratt
Songs & Stories: S2 E4 Show Notes: Hilo musician and curator of Kukuau Studio, Bub Pratt, talks about his new multi-artist album Kukuau Compilation. In this episode, you'll get to hear three tracks from the upcoming release. You can find Songs & Stories on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts. It also airs weekly on KONA 100.5 FM in Kailua, Kona. If you have a podcast show suggestion or guest interview recommendation, give Big Island Music Magazine a call at (318) 500-3582, and leave us a message on our listener line. If we like what we hear, we might air it on a future podcast episode. Thanks for listening and Aloha! To purchase the Kukuau compilation album, visit: kukuaustudio.com
29:46
October 8, 2020
Folk Music Icon Tom Paxton
Show Notes: Folk music icon Tom Paxton's music career spans more than sixty years. In 2009, Paxton received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2019 he released his 65th album Live! with The Don Juans. Paxton, now 82, has met everyone from Pete Seeger to Bob Dylan, and many musicians have covered his music. When I reviewed his April 2015 Berkeley concert, he announced he was done with touring, but that was a short-lived idea and he returned to the road shortly thereafter. This podcast bonus episode features an interview I did with Tom on October 1, 2020, and focuses on his upcoming livestream concert with The Don Juans on October 5, 2020 (ticket info below). Additionally, I asked him about the backstory for two of his classic originals “Ramblin’ Boy” and “Did You Hear About John Hurt.” You can find Songs & Stories on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts. It also airs weekly on KONA 100.5 FM in Kailua, Kona. If you have a podcast show suggestion or guest interview recommendation, give Big Island Music Magazine a call at (318) 500-3582, and leave us a message on our listener line. If we like what we hear, we might air it on a future podcast episode. Thanks for listening and Aloha!
31:10
October 2, 2020
Lightnin' Larry Dupio
Larry Dupio is an amazing Blues guitarist, and won the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award for his Rock album Lightnin’ Strikes Hilo. Love and Lightning is Dupio’s seventh release and three songs from that recording are featured in this episode. If you have a show suggestion or guest interview recommendation, give Big Island Music Magazine a call at (318) 500-3582, and leave us a message on our listener line. If we like what we hear, we might air it on a future podcast episode. Thanks for listening and Aloha! Larry Dupio: https://larrydupio.com
26:30
October 1, 2020
Brandon Nakano Discusses "Our Kuleana"
Hilo’s own Brandon Nakano and twelve other Hawaiʻi Island musicians brought their talents together in a matter of days to record the single, “Our Kuleana.”  Our Kuleana is a community-based effort to mobilize Hawaiʻi island residents during critical times of need, initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic If you have a podcast show suggestion or guest interview recommendation, give Big Island Music Magazine a call at (318) 500-3582, and leave us a message on the request line. If we like what we hear, we might air it on a future podcast episode. Thanks for listening and Aloha! For more information on Our Kuleana, visit ourkuleanahawaii.com and follow on Facebook and Instagram.
20:42
September 25, 2020
Lani Park
Lani Park is an award-winning poet, singer, hula dancer, surfer, and certified yoga teacher. The New York Times said, "She has the voice of an angel and the soul of a rock star."  Now rooted & settled on the Big Island of Hawai'i, she is "livin' da dream." If you have a podcast show suggestion or guest interview recommendation, give Big Island Music Magazine a call at (318) 500-3582, and leave us a message on the request line. If we like what we hear, we might air it on a future podcast episode. Thanks for listening and Aloha! Lani Park: https://www.kehaulanimusic.com
27:36
September 24, 2020
The Kahilu Theatre Looks Forward
Although the Kahilu Theatre has been closed to the public since March, it's making plans to offer multi-camera live stream concerts and much more. The theatre's Artistic Director Chuck Gessert explains what the public can look forward to when they reopen. This podcast also includes performances by Goitse and Camarata RCO from the Kahilu's 39th season (2019-2020). Songs & Stories is a production of Big Island Music Magazine, and available for free on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Be sure to subscribe. Kahilu Theatre: http://kahilutheatre.org Catch up on previous episodes here: https://anchor.fm/bigislandmusicmagazine
22:12
September 17, 2020
Mark Yamanaka
This episode features an interview with multiple Nä Hökü Hanohano Award winner Mark Yamanaka.  It was recorded at the Mauna Lani Resort on July 19, 2020, and features his songs Lei Lehua and Kaleo `O Nalani. Songs & Stories is a production of Big Island Music Magazine, and available for free on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Be sure to subscribe. Mark Yamanaka: https://www.markyamanaka.com Catch up on previous episodes here: https://anchor.fm/bigislandmusicmagazine
31:12
September 10, 2020
Season Two Trailer
Hey Big Island Music Fans! Season 2 of Songs and Stories is coming September 17 and features more great interviews with the island’s top talent. Find us on Apple Podcasts where you can listen and subscribe for free. Aloha!
00:23
September 4, 2020
Don May
Don May is an award-winning songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A veteran of the Austin, Texas music scene, May divides his time between Hawaii, Austin, and Nashville. In this episode, he shares two new songs “Cool Little Town” and “The Devil’s Footprints.” Songs & Stories is a production of Big Island Music Magazine, and available for free on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Be sure to subscribe. Don May: https://donmayofficial.com Catch up on previous episodes here: https://anchor.fm/bigislandmusicmagazine
30:03
September 3, 2020
Hāwane Rios (Bonus Episode)
Hāwane Rios is a kanaka‚ oiwi (native Hawaiian) singer-songwriter from Waimea, Hawaii. She was raised from an early age in the traditional art forms of chant and dance which inspired her passion for music and songwriting. The Songs & Stories podcast is a production of Big Island Music Magazine, and available for free on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Be sure to subscribe. Catch up on previous episodes here: https://anchor.fm/bigislandmusicmagazine. Hāwane Rios: https://www.hawanerios.com Learn about the Hawaiian Environmental Alliance: http://kahea.org
42:53
August 28, 2020
Jaz Kaiwiko'o
Jaz Kaiwiko'o is a radio personality and music producer from Holualoa. Originally from San Francisco, Jaz started off as a Hip-Hop DJ & rapper in 1983, and got first record Deal in 1989. Jaz moved to Hawaii in 93' and became part of the Hoku Award-Winning Band Ehukai, and is now Producer and co-owner of the Lahui Project, which focuses on Hawaiian music & R&B. Connect with Big Island Music Magazine. Website: https://bigislandmusic.net Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bigislandmusic.net Send us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bigislandmusicmagazine Jaz Kaiwiko'o: https://www.facebook.com/jazkaiwikoomusic/
39:43
August 27, 2020
El Sancho
El Sancho is a punk rock band based in Waikoloa Village on the Big Island. While some may think that Hawaii is home to soft-strumming ukuleles with palm trees swaying along the beach, the State has a long history of punk bands that have played turbo-powered music since the late ‘70s. Connect with Big Island Music Magazine: https://bigislandmusic.net El Sancho: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/elsancho/el-sancho
28:31
August 20, 2020
The Average Joes
Host Steve Roby speaks with Ryan Sabate, frontman for Hilo's most popular club band The Average Joes.  The Averages Joes usually play a mix of Top-40 pop hits, but during the pandemic, they're focusing on a new album. Featured in the show are the songs "Alive" and "Play That disco." Connect with Big Island Music Magazine Website: https://bigislandmusic.net Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bigislandmusic.net Average Joes: https://www.facebook.com/averagejoesbandhilo/
33:00
August 13, 2020
K.O.A. (Kauz of Affliction)
In this week's episode, we'll talk with K.O.A (Kauz of Affliction), one of the few punk-rock bands on the Big Island. We'll also listen to two of their singles, "Aloha Friday," and "Give It A Chance." Hailing from Ocean View, Hawaii, K.O.A. features Erik Wilcox, Justine Hanchar, and Laura Roberts. Connect with Songs & Stories Website: bigislandmusic.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/bigislandmusic.net K.O.A. is on FacebooK: www.facebook.com/kauzofaffliction
29:29
August 6, 2020
Brother Noland
Brother Noland is a musician and author, known chiefly as a performer of Hawaiian music and slack-key guitar. Noland was raised in a musical family; his mother and brother were hula dancers, and he began playing music in clubs while still a teenager in the 1960s. This interview was recorded on July 12, 2020, and features two songs from his Kahilu Theatre benefit concert at the Mauna Lani Resort. Connect with Big Island Music Magazine Website: https://bigislandmusic.net Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bigislandmusic.net Email: editor@bigislandmusic.net Send us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bigislandmusicmagazine Brother Noland: http://brothernoland.com
26:29
July 30, 2020
Songs & Stories: Season One Trailer
Every week you can join Steve Roby for important conversations with local musicians and hear new music from Hawaii island. Season One of Songs and Stories is in full swing and new episodes are available every Thursday. You can find Songs and Stories for free on Apple podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts. Be sure to subscribe! Mahalo!
00:35
July 25, 2020
Robert Savery
Born in Louisiana and growing up on Oahu, Robert Savery got his start with music in the fourth grade. In 1987, Robert and his brother Richard formed The Savery Brothers, a six-piece group specializing in old-style country-Western music playing gritty honky-tonks. In this episode, Robert will discuss two of his originals: "Under The Monkey Pod Tree," and "I've Got a Good Song To Sing." Connect with Big Island Music Magazine Website: https://bigislandmusic.net Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bigislandmusic.net YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BigIslandMusicMagazine Email: editor@bigislandmusic.net Send us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bigislandmusicmagazine Robert Savery's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/robert.savery.3
21:56
July 23, 2020
Bending Elbows
Host Steve Roby interviews the Hilo-based Country & Western band Bending Elbows. The episode also features two original songs: “That Lost Highway," a song about the island’s 2018 volcano eruption. “Country Town" is about playing music together with friends, Kanikapila style. Connect with Big Island Music Magazine Website: https://bigislandmusic.net Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bigislandmusic.net YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BigIslandMusicMagazine Email: editor@bigislandmusic.net Send us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bigislandmusicmagazine
27:14
July 16, 2020
Music From an Empty Palace
Host Steve Roby interviews writer/producer Zoe Eisenberg, Hilo Palace Executive Director Phillips Payson, and musician Drew Daniels about their new video series Live From The Empty Palace. Drew Daniels performs two originals, “Find Our Way” and “United States of Consciousness.” Visit The Palace Theatre's YouTube channel. Connect with Big Island Music Magazine: Website: https://bigislandmusic.net Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bigislandmusic.net YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BigIslandMusicMagazine Email: editor@bigislandmusic.net Send in a voice message or create a show ID: https://anchor.fm/bigislandmusicmagazine
23:03
July 9, 2020