It’s becoming apparent: if you sing and have any amount of musical taste, you’ll probably want Jon Rauhouse backing you up on guitar. Which begs the question: does this guy ever slow down? The answer is apparently not.
“Hawaiian Guitar Expedition” is what happens when Rauhouse decides to take a “vacation.” Shirking the aforementioned responsibilities, holed up in a tiny cabin on the Northwest corner of Washington State and goofing off with some music pals, the guitar maestro puts a proverbial grass skirt around a half-dozen new instrumentals. From the John Fahey-goes-to-a-luau inspired “Dusty Canal” to the introspective “Jen’s Tenor,” to the otherworldly “Sweet for Hawaiian Guitar & Saw,” this is music-making at its finest. Rauhouse flavors the rest of this disc with some of his best-loved tracks from his solo recordings. The result? Pure instrumental bliss. No, not the John Tesh/Zamfir kind, the good, pass-me-a-mai-tai kind.
Jason Verlinde of Seattle
- Million Dollar Mermaid
- Dusty Canal
- Hula Blues
- Jen’s Tenor
- Homie’s Parade
- Sweet for Hawaiian Guitar & Saw
- Hamma Hamma Hula
- Swingin’ Elephant Graveyard
- Blue Grouse
- Moa Lei’ a ‘i
- Desert Luau
- Songs #1,3,5 appeared previously on Jon Rauhouse’s Steel Guitar Air Show
- Songs #7,8,10 appeared previously on Jon Rauhouse’s Steel Guitar Rodeo
- Song #2 Appeared previously as a hidden track on 2 Hours From Anywhere
- Frank Judge – voice on “Million Dollar Mermaid”.
- Jon Rauhouse – Hawaiian guitar on all songs, vocal on 3, tenor guitar on 4, archtop guitar on 6 & 9, tiple & uke on 12.
- Tommy Connell – Guitar on 1,3,5,8 & Tenor guitar on 7,10, vocal on 3.
- Norm Pratt – Guitar on “Dusty Canal”.
- Jason Verlinde – Saw on “Sweet for Hawaiian Guitar & Saw”.
- Jennifer Rauhouse – Banjo on “Blue Grouse”.
- Will Lovell – Bass on “Hamma Hamma Hula” & “Moa Lei’ a ‘i”.
- Bill Herzog – Bass & drums on “Sweet for Hawaiian Guitar & Saw”.
- Craig Schumacher – Vocal on “Hula Blues”.
- John Convertino – Drums on “Homie’s Parade”.
- All tracks written by Jon Rauhouse except
- 5 & 8 – written by Jon Rauhouse & Tommy Connell.
- 3 – written by S. Cumba & A. Noble.
- 12 – written by Queen Liluokalani.
- Tracks 4,6,9,11 – Recorded at The Shrine, Lilliwaup, WA.
- Tracks 1,3,5 – Recorded at Wavelab, Tuscon AZ.
- Track 2 – Recorded at The Adobe, Cave Creek, AZ.
- Track 12 – Recorded at Bluesky, Tempe, AZ.
- Tracks 7,8,10 – Recorded at The Shrine, Phoenix, AZ.
- Mastered by Mike Hagler at Kingsize, Chicago, IL.
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