Grammy Award winning Ken will play traditional Blues, Ragtime, Hawaiian Slack Key and acoustic lap steel guitar, and plays “Kolohe Style” switching easily between fingerstyle and slide/steel during his performance.
Emerson won the prestigious Kahili Award for perpetuating Hawaiian culture and was a featured artist and composer on the first-ever National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Grammy Award-winning Best Hawaiian Album. Emerson’s playing was also featured on Donald Fagen’s (Steely Dan) Grammy Award-winning “Morph the Cat” album. He has many additional recording/performance credits including Todd Rundgren, Daryl Hall, Jackson Brown, Nicolette Larson, Boz Scaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Taj Mahal, Norton Buffalo and Elvin Bishop.
“Emerson writes pieces that update the classic sounds of Hawaiian Slack Key guitar. His unaccompanied songs have an open, relaxing quality to them, moving forward in a gentle rhythm.” —Jessy Terry, Rolling Stone Magazine