Slack Key Guitar: The Artistry of Sonny Lim

Elmer "Sonny" Lim

Copyright Year(s): 2005
Format: CD
Price: $15.98
In Stock? Yes

Track List & Samples

(Tracks with sample are bold.)
  1. Hoku`ula
  2. Pau Hana Rag
  3. Malie
  4. How D'ya Do
  5. Lauele
  6. Punahou Special
  7. Donna's Smile
  8. Pua `A`ala
  9. Medley
  10. Mauna Loa Slack Key
  11. Mauna Kea Morning

Album Notes

Sonny Lim, a member of Hawaii’s famous musical Lim family, was born and raised in the heart of paniolo (cowboy) country on the big island of Hawai`i.

Sonny’s parents taught their children to play a variety of musical instruments. His introduction to ki ho`alu (Hawaiian slack key guitar) came in his childhood, when he was inspired by Gabby Pahinui while watching him perform at a lu`au in Kohala. Sonny’s biggest inspiration and influence came at age 12 from a well known slack key guitarist and family friend, Uncle Fred Punahoa. Punahoa took a keen interest in Sonny’s playing, and spent several weeks living with the Lim family in Kohala in order to teach him.

Sonny’s professional career started as a teenager, when he commuted to O`ahu to perform with the Makaha Sons of Ni`ihau. Over the past two decades Sonny has performed with virtually every ‘name’ musician in Hawaii.

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