American Road Shortcuts: May the Fourth Be With Us!

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“Do whatever you want” Bob French and the Young Tuxedo Jazz Band
American Roots July 4th Concert in Washington DC 2000 Original recording

“Texas Playboys Theme” The Texas Playboys
American Roots July 4th Concert in Washington DC 1993 Original recording

Nick Spitzer: On stage at the Washington Monument in 1993 with members of the Texas Playboys of the late conductor Bob Wills, including vocalist Leon Rauch, violinist Johnny Gimble, steel guitar Herb Remington and the rest of the group. Next is Hawaiian guitarist Ledward Kaapana from the small village of Kalapana on the Big Island, where he grew up in a musical family. His partner was the late ukulele player and singer in the Hawaiian cowboy tradition or Paniolo, Clyde “Kindy” Sproat. Let’s go on stage at the Washington Monument in 1998 where Ledward Kaapana greets the crowd.

Ledward Kaapana: Aloha. What a multitude. You know, I live over there in a little neighborhood of 5,000 people. And I thought I was overcrowded. But when I see this, I now know what the word multitude means. And I won’t say more when I get home. The next song I would like to do is called “Ku’u Hoa Hololio”, “My Companion the Horse”, “My Horse Riding Companion”. This song was written by Alice Nāmakelua, and since the governor of Hawaii declared 1998 the year of the Paniolo, the year of the cowboys. And believe it or not, Hawaiians have America’s oldest cowboys. In 1836 we had cowboys working. So that means Hawaii had cowboys before there was a state of Texas. This song, “Ku’u Hoa Hololio”, written by Aunt Alice Nāmakelua, she wrote it and she dedicated it to the cowboys of Hawaii, in particular the cowboys of Parker Ranch.

“My companion the horse” Ledward Kaapana and Clyde “Kindy” Sproat
American Roots July 4th Concert in Washington DC 1998 Original recording

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