I will present “From Hula to Hallelujah: the Hawaiian Roots of an African American Steel Guitar Tradition” during conference Session 12-13, at 2:00 pm Friday, October 15.
My presentation will include several archival graphic images and audio samples that demonstrate a solid connection between this African American musical tradition and the Hawaiian popular music fad that began in the first decade of the twentieth century and continued into the 1960s.
Robert L. Stone is an independent folklorist, musician, and media producer living in Florida. He has produced eight sacred steel albums for Arhoolie Records and directed the documentary video Sacred Steel for the Arhoolie Foundation. His new book is Sacred Steel: Inside an African American Steel Guitar Tradition.