Danny Carvalho | Slack Key Journey - On My Way

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Slack Key Journey - On My Way

by Danny Carvalho

Traditional old-style Hawaiian Slack Key guitar played by a 15 year old from the heart - very "Nahenahe" (soothing).
Genre: World: Slack-Key Guitar
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1. Hula Blues
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2:34 $0.99
2. I'll Remember You
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4:01 $0.99
3. Keali'i's Mele
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1:35 $0.99
4. Hawaiian Soul
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3:32 $0.99
5. Booboo's Lullaby
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3:41 $0.99
6. Slack Key #1
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7. Kimo Hula
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8. Owl Lullaby
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9. Sanoe
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10. Whee Ha Swing
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11. Ka Wailele 'O Nu'uanu/Waika Medley
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12. Aloha 'Oe
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13. Europa
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14. Song For Allie
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Album Notes
Danny started playing guitar at the age of 9 1/2. His first songs were learned from his dad, and his mom.

He soon became a student of the great slack key master and teacher Ozzie Kotani. Ozzie taught Danny in the traditional hawaiian style of “watch and learn”. He introduced Danny to a broad range of kiho'alu stylings, teaching Danny not only his own music, but the techniques and stylings of others as well, including that of his own teacher, the legendary Sonny Chillingworth. His commitment to support Danny’s passion for this music has been an extraordinary gift. Danny has also learned much by watching and playing Ledward Ka'apana and Raymond Kane's music.

Danny has played at numerous slack key festivals in Hawaii. He has also played at the Honolulu Academy of Arts Atherton auditorium on several occasions with Ozzie, and has had solo concerts at the KHPR studio.

Danny's first composition, which is on this CD, was composed when he was 10. It is a sweet, sad, song in the key of A, which was named “Booboo’s Lullaby” for his pet dog.

In December 2004, Danny had the honor of becoming the first and only slack key artist to date to play kiho'alu on National Public Radio’s music program From The Top, broadcasted to a nationwide audience on February 26, 2005. From The Top's website has his radio performances from that show online. Additionally, Danny’s performance was included on their just-released CD “From The Top - Volume Three”. He was also featured on Garrison Keillor's NPR Program A Prairie Home Companion in November, 2006

His primary guitar is a koa and spruce ‘000’ cutaway, custom-built for him by his dad, as was the custom-made 'ukulele used in track 7.

The hallmark of hawaiian slack key music is it's gentle, calming, nature which reflects the gentleness of the tradewinds, and the slower paced living style which we enjoy here in paradise. Danny, at the tender age of 15, has clearly captured the essence of this music and is already considered by many of the masters here to be one of them.

People who have experienced this CD tend to keep it in the car to sooth their way through traffic or to listen to it in the evening as a way of coming down from the stresses of the day. We hope you enjoy this bit of hawaiian nahenahe (soothing and comforting) music.


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Phil Wall

Mellow and bueatiful, it makes me feel heppy just to listen to it. Not music you have to figure out, just lay back and enjoy. Just a guy playing guitar, very very well.

Brad Rosselle

Enjoyed it enough to purchase for others
I have enjoyed this CD so much that I bought more for friends that I thought might like it also. One friend said that it is perfect sailing music.

Donn W. Anderson

What Danny plays in person he delivers on his first CD!
My wife and I had the privilege of traveling from Maui to Honolulu to experience Danny's debut on the first From The Top radio show ever in Hawaii. It was such a thrill to have one of the participants playing slack key! As soon as I heard about Danny's first CD, I ordered it. My expectations were high, and I was not disappointed. A definite must for any slack key collector. Keep an eye on this young man...the next generation of slack key artists has arrived!

Dana Valley

Slack Key Journey • On My Way
While in Maui, we went on a tour with, Tim, from ‘Valley Isle Excursions’. He had your CD, ‘Slack Key Journey’ playing. We loved it and just bought a copy from CD Baby. Keep up the great music and let us know if you release any new CD’s.

Susan Sage-Bell

Stunning, beautiful, and incredibly sensitive!
I was absolutely knocked out the first time (on A Prairie Home Companion)I heard Danny Carvalho. It then became NECESSARY to obtain this CD, which was readily available from CDbaby. This is a wonderful collection of recordings, and I can't wait for his next!


Danny shows his best when he plays on this album. Don't stop!
I first heard Danny play at the 2006 show of A Prairie Home Companion in Hawaii. He really stood out. We bought the CD & we were going to give it away as a gift but we could not part with it. Danny, you are very talented.

Bob Shutes

Minnesota is freezing. Danny's music adds warmth. It's a good thing.
It is hard to imagine that a musician of Danny Carvalho's age could compose, perform and interpret music with such depth and sensitivity. What a stylist! I love the Slack Key Journey CD. This is world class stuff.

Mark Eisenstadt

Great Slack Key CD!!!
I recently saw Danny Carvalho play at the Slack Key Festival in Honolulu. I felt his version of Hawaiian Soul was the best piece in the whole afternoon! It is on this CD together with other beautiful and polished pieces. Never mind that he is 15 years old - his music is great for a performer of any age! I love listening to it.

Richard & Kathy

Mahalo Danny!!!
Danny's music brings the Hawaiian Islands to Huntington Beach, CA...we can hardly wait for the next CD!!!

Beverly MacLeod

Rich, mellow guitar music -- different from anything I've heard before.
This was a nice introduction (for me) to the slack key guitar style of playing. I liked the variety of songs and the fact that there were a couple of high quality original compositions. The music is mellow, but rich and interesting.
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