spans about 30 years. Back in 70, when Michael was about 16, he ran into, as musicians will do, a whole house full of other musicians. Jammin' daily, each encouraging the other to put their music down. ("Remembrance" in Hawaiian) played in Hawai'i at restaurants, bars, and parties, and in the 90's Michael played mostly solo gigs and concerts. His current outfit "The Island Blues Band" plays whenever timing allows. (his producer). Sitting around jamming in Casey's store on Kauai - FreeBorn Music, Casey one day says, "So when are you going to record?"
Hey - I Live to Play!
All these players have pretty much grown up in Hawaii. Influences from County, Calypso (island music), Rock, Blues, R/B - You name it. Players like Taj Mahal, Gabby Pahinui, Sol Hoopii, Hank Williams (Sr.), Sting - music from the 20's, 30's... all add to the mix... That and Michael's own writing and style and of course each player's hand makes the whole.
When you see Michael solo - that's one thing. He'll get you up on your feet. He can play before a small crowd or in front of several thousand and it's always the same. You feel like you are in his living room. You just want to join in.
Michael - SansAmp , Martin Sigma Acoustic Dreadnought guitar, Ceniza Baritone Ukulele, Epiphone Zephyr Regent, Boss Super Chorus, Boss Compressor,
No special equipment folks - we just play
I read something by Napoleon Bonaparte that said about sleep... "Four hours for men, six hours for women, and eight hours for children and fools..." I took it to heart. Give me 4 hours and I'm in there... but basically, I just need a nap.
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