All-Acoustic String Band Sound Features Taj’s Signature Slack-Key
Blend of the Blues and Pacific-Caribbean-Island music
Taj Mahal returns to the island sounds of Kauai for the American release of Hanapepe Dream, his second CD with the Hula Blues. Hanapepe Dream, the Grammy® Award-winning artist’s debut joint venture between Tone-Cool Records and his own Kan-Du Records, will be released on June 10, 2003.
The American release of Hanapepe Dream will offer bonus video footage including live performances of “The Calypsonians” and “The New Hula Blues.”
Following Dream’s release,The very first Taj Mahal and the Hula Blues U.S. Tour will begin with three weeks of shows during summer, kicking off June 20th 2003 in Chicago, at the Chicago House of Blues.
For a complete listing of tour dates visit On Tour
Commenting on his custom blend of styles, Taj has said, “My perspective is cultural and world-based. It’s always been a global perspective. Even in the early days when nobody knew me, they’d go, ‘Well, that album is perfect, but what was that calypso song doing on there? What does that got to do with it?”
I think that the way music is played [in America], it’s terribly narrow cast. I relate to these various traditions that I feel are connected through family, extended family, and influenced by influence.”
Stereophile wrote, “Taj Mahal’s genius is in seeing the unlikely connections between disparate genres, and on “My Creole Belle” he seamlessly adapts Mississippi Hurt’s country blues to a ukulele arrangement. The beautiful melody has a swaying, antique character in this ingenious setting.
Stay Tuned to Taj News for information on how you can pre-order your very own copy of Hanapepe Dream here at www.tajblues.com
To listen to the 1st European release of Taj and The Hula Blues Band