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Hot Steel & Cool Ukulele

ABOUT THE BAND, by Erich Sylvester

Hot Steel & Cool Ukulele is a band that features classic songs of the hapa haole bands who entertained at the ballrooms and barrooms of the Waikiki beach hotels. The songs are primarily in English with some Hawaiian words and phrases. The unique sound of the steel guitar, played Hawaiian style, was prominent in those bands, as was the ukulele. The method of playing guitar horizontal on the lap with a steel bar originated in Hawaii. The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association provides a history of the virtuoso players who invented and developed the Hawaiian steel guitar style.

The song lyrics describe a tropical paradise where love is always in full blossom. Some comical novelty songs add spice to the sweet cocktail.

Hot Steel & Cool Ukulele features Erich Sylvester singing and playing ukulele with a virtuoso steel guitar artist and a bassist at the core of the band. On Tropical Swing, the hot steel guitar is played by Greg Sardinha, the swing fiddle by Duane Padilla, guitar by Sonny Silva, and string bass by Steven Strauss.

Four steel guitar artists play on the Hapa Haole Hit Parade CD: Ken Emerson, Sean Allen, Don McClellan, and Brad Bechtel. Steven Strauss plays bass fiddle and a second ukulele on most songs. Mike Billo played electric bass guitar on three songs.

Expect to hear more Hot Steel & Cool Ukulele songs, but the next songs may come from here, there, and everywhere. The song lyrics may have no connection to Hawaii, but the core sound of the band will feature hot steel guitar jazz with cool ukulele swing. The next songs will be released as singles for download only. Later, a dozen songs might be packaged in a CD bouquet. Stay tuned to the band's Facebook page for Hot Steel & Cool Ukulele news. Aloha nui oe. Erich