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by No Empty Sky

Creative, exotic, emotional progressive rock with lyrics to match. Fronted by electric mandolinist Kona Lowell, something very different from the Big Island, Hawaii.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tiny Carthage
4:17 $0.99
2. West
5:23 $0.99
3. Elephant Touch
5:01 $0.99
4. Before the Dawn
5:19 $0.99
5. Yellow Bird (Hawaii Nei)
4:22 $0.99
6. Book
3:56 $0.99
7. Heaven\'s Horses
4:40 $0.99
8. Gentle Fingers
4:50 $0.99
9. Empire
4:34 $0.99
10. Sailor
4:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
No Empty Sky, the latest collaboration from electric mandolinist Kona Lowell, represents a return to the more thoughtful songs that defined his earlier writing, and while hardly what would be considered “Hawaiian music,” the sometimes tranquil, sometimes violent and always present ocean that encircles his Big Island home finds its way into many of these songs and is an unavoidable, powerful influence. And as far as we can tell, this CD contains the only progressive rock song ever written about Hawaii: Yellow Bird (Hawaii Nei).

Joined by Taiwanese-born percussionist/vocalist Chee and Native American (Blackfeet) drummer Jim Summey, No Empty Sky’s Empire recalls a time in modern music when words were important, creativity an asset and music was not easily pigeon-holed. The very personal songs on this CD span a wide range of styles while the lyrics tackle topics as varied as socio-political issues, soul-deep emotions of loss and joy as well as spiritual hunger and the painful, inevitable corruption of religion.

Also generously sharing their talent for this project are James Vicari, who provided additional keyboards on Yellow Bird (Hawaii Nei) and Andy Rising who contributed cello to the title song, Empire.

Fun Factoid: Most listeners to No Empty Sky will be surprised to learn that what sounds like an electric guitar is actually an electric mandolin. There is no guitar on this CD. Kona also played bass, flute and keyboards.

We hope you enjoy this CD as much as No Empty Sky did recording it. Maluhia a me aloha kakou.



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No Empty Sky

Simply by Grace did I stumble upon this stunning piece of work. The lyrics and music are a beautiful combination, The musicians are accomplished and obviously married to the songs, the production artistry is amazing. I highly recommend this CD and have enjoyed it immensely. If the current music from this gifted band is any indication, No Empty Sky has a very bright future on the horizon.