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The Legendary Ray Kane
Old Style Slack Key
Sweet, Smooth, & Full of Aloha from the Heart!




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Slack key – music that comes from the heart! Sweet, smooth,
& full of aloha! Produced by George Winston, this is the one that slack key enthusiasts from around the world have been waiting for! The complete classic early Tradewinds recordings made by the legendary Ray Kane playing “old style” slack key guitar. Eighteen beautiful selections meticulously restored & remastered. Complete with extensive historical liner notes,
many rare photos, & comprehensive tuning guides for each song.

Ray Kane was a traditionalist with a unique sound & a rascal spirit.
His unique sound & effusive spirit helped spread the music beyond the traditional circles of family & Hawai’i.

For his tireless work perpetuating & promoting slack key he has beenawarded a National Endowment for the Arts Folk Heritage Fellowship, America’s highest honor for a traditional artist, & the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts. Producer

George Winston says it all of Kane:
“He is the living embodiment of the older traditional ways of playing. His music has so many feelings – joy, love, aloha, good times, romance, poignancy, nostalgia, heart, soul, & sweetness – sometimes all in the same song”. When he plays his music his rascal spirit combines with a tender love for the music that words can never express.


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These are the "early recordings" of
the sensational RAY KANE.