Regarded as one of Hawai’i’s most diverse artists, Stephen played in a concert hall piano recital at age five and formed a group with legendary Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzman when he was barely out of his teens. He has a strong respect for tradition, but is also a creative innovator. For his album Slackin’ on Dylan he married slack key guitar with 13 well-known songs by Bob Dylan and re-envisioned them in his own unique style, winning a Hawai’i Music Award for his efforts. Waimaka Helelei, his duet album with multiple GRAMMY® winner, slack key master and prolific songwriter Dennis Kamakahi was dedicated to the people of Kalaupapa and Hale Mohalu (who suffered from Hansen’s disease) and contained original songs composed by Stephen and Dennis as well as compositions by the late composer/activist Bernard Punikaiʻa. The CD not only won Hawaii’s highest musical honor, a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award, it’s on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
Learning You By Heart is Americana/Roots music at its finest, with its amalgam of country, folk, rock and more. Produced by Chris Lau, it features Inglis on acoustic and electric guitars, guitarlele, harmonica, and vocals. In addition to Tuck and Patti, guest artists include: Erika Elona (harmony vocals); Tom Piranha Gierman (drums); Jon Hawes (electric bass); Lau (upright bass); Eric Petersen (keyboards); Michael Piranha McGraw (electric bass); Kilin Reese (mandolin); and Paul Sato (banjo).
The CD is available at Me Ke Aloha. Here are clips from a few songs: