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Jim Kimo West is recognized as one of the world’s top “slack key” guitarists and brings his own unique musical perspective to this great acoustic guitar tradition. He is a recent winner of the Hawaii Music Awards, a Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian “Grammy”) nominee and a two-time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his contributions toward the perpetuation of ki ho’alu. In 1985, after a long summer on the road with musical satirist “Weird Al” Yankovic, Jim West made his first trip to Hana, Maui and fell in love with cultural and physical landscape of Hawai’i, sometimes spending a couple months a year there

More Guitar Stories

Label: Westernmost Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Mele Ahiahi-Evening Song; Windward; Birimintingo; Paniolo Starlight; Tin Roof Shing-A-Ling; Moonbow; Green Islands; The Lydian Sea; Sugar Cane Blues; Soul Motion.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jim Kimo West: More Guitar Stories

Read "More Guitar Stories" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist Jim Kimo West (aka Jim West) is probably best known as the guitarist in musical satirist “Weird Al" Yankovic's band. Anyone familiar with Yankovic's music knows that is an eclectic gig, but West is even more eclectic on his own. He jokingly describes this album--a sequel to Guitar Stories: Slack Key & Beyond (Westernmost Records, ...

Moku Maluhia - Peaceful Island

Label: Westernmost Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Tidepools; A'ole Pilikia - No Worries; Peaceful Island; Aloha, Ku'u Hoa; The Iwa Birds; My Old Island Home; Bamboo Forest; Hanalei River; The Glistening Ocean; The Gentle Rain of Koali; The Pathway of Pi'ilani; Mele Menehune - Acoustic Remix.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kimo West: Moku Maluhia - Peaceful Island

Read "Moku Maluhia - Peaceful Island" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

In addition to his regular gig as guitarist with musical parodist Weird Al Yankovic--which requires him to cover a wide variety of guitar styles--Kimo West is a Hawaiian slack-key guitar aficionado. His previous solo recording Guitar Stories (Westernmost Records, 2016) applied the finger-style playing technique with open tunings to an eclectic variety of material, accompanied by ...

Guitar Stories: Slack Key & Beyond

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Na Koa Moku O Keawe; Mauna Kea Meditation; El Álcåzar; Daydream At Jumbo Rocks; Morning Music; ‘Iolani Palace Waltz; Floyd The Spider; Mele Menehune; Song For Fess.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jim "Kimo" West: Guitar Stories: Slack Key & Beyond

Read "Guitar Stories: Slack Key & Beyond" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitar Stories presents a lovely, diverse collection of music centered around Kimo West's composing and excellent guitar playing. West is a proponent of the Hawaiian slack key guitar style, a fingerstyle playing technique using various open tunings. He credits the name of the tuning used on each track, as well as including a list spelling out ...


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