Kalai | Six Strings and the Rainy Day Man

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Six Strings and the Rainy Day Man

by Kalai

A collection of vintage vibe tunes that have something to say.
Genre: Blues: Jazzy Blues
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1. J Dog and the Hand
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2. Treason
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4:42 album only
3. The Honeymoon Uh-huh
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3:43 album only
4. Down to Earth
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5. Easy Woman
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5:34 album only
6. Time for War
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4:48 album only
7. Bluesy One
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5:18 album only
8. Fear Not the Wild Things
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3:47 album only
9. I Can Dig It
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10. Losing My Head
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11. Ease Into Me
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12. The End
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Album Notes
1979 to 1998
(Kaniela Ka lei ali’i O’kalani Kala’i December 18, 1979)
Kalai was born in Hawaii and raised in the A.K. Son of a Ke ho alu cowboy and mothered by a good woman with heavy burdens. Ten years of life, most of them spent as an Alaskan, yielded him a wisdom of wilderness and a man’s knowledge of hard times. He later left high school tooling a guitar at sixteen and building a recordable repertoir by age seventeen. The latter half of his adolescence becoming then devoted to the ironic expression of that which was passing him by.

1998 to 2000
Several explorative tangents dictated Kalai’s pace of life for the next few years although music remained a surviving therapy for him. At eighteen he relocated south with the intention of attaining a college degree in entomology. He completed one year of school working as a commercial fly tyer for international fly-fishing outfitters such as L.L. Bean and Cabela’s. He also wrote story-based and “How to” articles for several outdoor life publications such as Rod & Reel and Fly Fisherman.

2000 to 2002
Discovering that the exploitation of his wooded childhood nostalgia brought him no closer to returning to it, Kalai made a conscious decision to pave a career path in music. At twenty-one aided by friend, Sam Cardon, he began production on his professional debut “Acoustacism” on the Treble V Music label (Innovators, Digability, Soulmate, Innovators II). Acoustacism featured drummer Rick Sinese who would later become a regular member of Kalai’s band. Then at twenty-two Kalai returned home to Anchorage, Alaska to construct an in-house studio where he would produce his second album “Six Strings And The Rainy Day Man”, an album on which he would perform all of the instrumentation as well as engineering, mixing, and cover-art.

2002 to 2003
Since Kalai’s first two albums were recorded almost back to back he was unable to perform extensively until his second album was released. He then began to establish his live shows, sometimes playing acoustic but also joining forces with premiere bassist Eric Wallengren (Karizma, Louise Goffen, Poor Arnold). The two performed dozens of vocal/guitar/bass shows together. The duo was then joined by veteran drummer Rick “Sneez” Sinese (Sam Cardon, The Given, Dixie Chicks) adding a third dimension and a sense of foundation for larger shows. While still performing a twenty-three yr. old Kalai began work on his third record “Rebel Hands”.

2003 to 2004
His third Treble V Music release, Rebel Hands, was an undertaking from writing to printing. It became an eight-month, fifteen peice process that used music to bury bad memories and mourn family tragedies. The cover sports a tailored work from accomplished Painter, Graff Artist and Illustrator Ben McPherson. The material explores Kalai’s most intentional lyrics, original compositions, and savvy productions yet.


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Kalii......your awesome
I love it. That's all there is to it. I live all the way in Florida and I'm getting all my friends hooked!

Trent Cutler

Seen in Concert
This guy is an amazing musician, Anyone can and will appreciate his styles. The guy rocks.


Not near as good as the first, but still of good quality.
This CD was not as good as their first CD but that doesn't mean it wasn't good. In comparison to other mainstream cds, this one is still far beyond in quality.


I'm completely addicted to kalai's music and it's even better live!!! His 3 cd's are all I've listened to for about 3 months now and I still can't get enough. On pins and needles waiting for the new one.

I love the CD!!!!! It's amazing... THanks so much!!


This CD kicks! Kalai rocks my face off, and I encourage everyone to take some time and experience what that feels like!


You are beautiful....I stubbled across your music and I am still in a little bit of awe. You sing from your soul....and that is what draws you in. Continue....even if you feel like it will take forever. Peace and love

Amanda T

good things come in small packages
This is my favorite of Kalai's CD's. If you're not familiar with Kalai, I would recommend starting off with his first album Acoustacism, but after you have that.. YOU NEED THIS. He is a very clever, witty lyricist, and it is worth listening to all the words. Each individual track stands alone (as it should), but what I really like about this album is the continuity of it as a whole. The first and the last tracks are so laid back, and there is casual dialogue going on between Kalai and his fellow performer. It makes you feel like you're really just hanging out with him. Take this album in the car... it works for a long drive on a sunny day.. or a rainy day, for that matter. Kalai's distinct sound and complex subjects make his music perfect for almost any mood you might be in. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.

White Punx on Dope

I could listen to his voice all day.
I love his guitar sounds, his voice (no one sings like that!) and his unbelievable compositions. This kid's got mad skills! I'm buying all his stuff.


seriously good.
I cannot stress enough how amazing this cd is....seriously. Buy the crap out of it!
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