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#266 – Makana – Slack Key Guitar

Guitarist Makana plays in an interesting style native to his home of Hawaii – slack key guitar. It’s a dazzling method that sounds like 3 guitars are all playing at once: the bass, rhythm and melody.  He’s performed on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack to the Descendants, starring George Clooney.

He’s received acclaim from contemporaries like Joe Satriani and Kirk Hammett of Metallica.  He’s done albums devoted to native Hawaiian music, he’s covered classic rock songs, and he’s done protest songs.  He’s currently on the opening slot of the Joe Walsh/Bad Company tour.  He also tells us how he played a gig for President Obama.  SOME MATERIAL NSFW.