Slackers In Paradise Concert w/ Ken Emerson and Jim Kimo West

Jim Kimo West and Ken Emerson are both living legends in the world of Hawaiian slack key and acoustic steel guitar. They strive for freshness and spontaneity in there duet shows, often performing without a set list or any idea of what comes next. Their diverse musical influences venture beyond the islands toward the land of blues, ragtime and even jazz and both have played on Grammy-winning records. Ken played on the first-ever winner in the Hawaiian category as well as Donald Fagen’s Grammy-winning “Morph The Cat”. His many other touring/ recording credits include Jackson Brown, Boz Scaggs, Charlie Musselwhite and Elvin Bishop as well as Hawaiian slack key legends Gabby Pahinui, Moe Keale and Raymond Kane. Besides his solo slack key career, Kimo is long-time guitarist on CD’s and tours for the world’s most famous musical satirist, “Weird Al” Yankovic whose recent CD, “Mandatory Fun” debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts and won the Grammy for Best Comedy Recording.

“West, long time guitarist for “Weird Al,” and Emerson, a veteran of Hawaiian guitar, create a gorgeously relaxed sound that combines acoustic slack key guitar and steel guitar duets in the styles of Hawaiian folk, blues, jazz and ragtime..... there's no getting away from the fact that this album is a great listen. It's also a heck of a lot of fun. Nothing weird about that! “

Steve Marinucci, AXS 10.1.2016

The opening selection on Slackers in Paradise: Slack and Steel Guitar Duets conjures up the bliss of kicking back on a hammock near surf-washed sands, caressed and refreshed by island trade winds. The recently-released CD by Jim “Kimo” West and Ken Emerson ushers you into an unhurried world free of traffic jams and family frenzy. With West on slack-key guitar and Emerson on acoustic steel guitar, the slow pieces are dreamy and tantalizing while even the fast-paced numbers evoke a time when life seemed simpler. “

Audrey Coleman, Folkworks 12.5.2016

“With mostly original songs laced with beautiful guitar phrasing, melodic exchanges between Emerson’s resonator lap steel guitar and West’s beautifully imagined acoustic leads, the album carries its own island magic.”

Terry Roland, No Depression 12.21.
With hardly a note out of place, Slackers In Paradise is an instrumental guitar

classic befitting the sound and vision of these two superb musicians.” Robert Silverstein, MWE3 1/24/2017

Ken Emerson and Jim Kimo West kindly curate a guided tour of their Hawaiian island home in the music of Slackers in audio breeze lifted by trade winds as they begin their journey south of the islands to carry the music northward.”

The Alternate Root 1.18.2017


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