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Host Steve Roby speaks with Hawai’i island’s top musicians about the stories behind their favorite songs and creative writing process. Songs and Stories is produced by Big Island Music Magazine with new episodes available every Thursday.

Songs & Stories Big Island Music Magazine

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    • 4.8 • 8 Ratings

Host Steve Roby speaks with Hawai’i island’s top musicians about the stories behind their favorite songs and creative writing process. Songs and Stories is produced by Big Island Music Magazine with new episodes available every Thursday.

    Talking Story With Kailee Spark

    Talking Story With Kailee Spark

    Songs & Stories Podcast: S4, E5

    Kailee Spark up in the SF Bay Area – Silicon Valley, raised Mormon, and left the church at age 22. A child of the ‘80s, her musical career started at eight years young, she wrote her first song at 12, raised on classic rock music, she was gifted a guitar at 13 and the rest is history. Learning to play by ear and always challenging herself by writing songs in every genre in her journey as a singer-songwriter.

    In this episode, you'll hear, "Passageways" and "Universe at Your Fingers."

    Follow Kailee Spark: Website I Twitter I Instagram


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    • 18 min
    Talking Story with Terrapin Station

    Talking Story with Terrapin Station

    The Big Island Beat Podcast: Bonus Episode

    Show notes: In this episode you’ll hear backstage interviews with Terrapin Station members Russell Ruderman (guitar/vocals), Michael Surprenant (drums/vocals), and Sarah Bethany (Keyboard/ vocals).

    The Grateful Dead tribute concert marked the first live music performance since the pandemic closed the theatre over a year ago.

    The Big Island Beat podcast is available for free on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. If you have a podcast show suggestion or guest interview recommendation, give Big Island Music Magazine a call at (318) 500-3582, and leave us a message on the request line. If we like what we hear, we might air it on a future podcast episode. Thanks for listening and Aloha!


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    • 39 min
    Talking Story with Brad Bordessa

    Talking Story with Brad Bordessa

    In this episode, we speak with musician Brad Bordessa who has been playing and teaching the ʻukulele professionally for over a decade. Bordessa talks about his new podcast, and tells us about the backstory for two of his original songs, "Fall Out," and "If Only."

    To learn more about Brad Bordessa, visit: https://liveukulele.com.


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    • 28 min
    Talking Story with Charles Michael Brotman

    Talking Story with Charles Michael Brotman

    Charles Michael Brotman is known throughout Japan and the US for his role as the lead guitarist for Kohala, the acoustic guitar trio from the Big Island of Hawaii. The Grammy Award winning guitarist/composer/producer is a staple of the Hawaiian musical diet.

    Songs & Stories is a production of Big Island Music Magazine, and available for free on ApplePodcasts, Overcast, Spotify, or on your favorite music app. Don’t forget to subscribe!

    Connect with Charles Michael Brotman: https://www.charlesmichaelbrotman.com


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    • 33 min
    Talking Story With Scott Reagan

    Talking Story With Scott Reagan

    Scott Reagan is the lead singer for Bottle of Blue, Hawaii’s premier rock ‘n roll band. In this episode he shares new material including some from a new project called Bystander.

    Connect with Bottle of Blue on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bottle-of-Blue-298610106957021/
    and YouTube.


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    • 50 min
    Talking Story with Dagan Bernstein

    Talking Story with Dagan Bernstein

    With a deep voice and sure hand, Dagan is one of Waimea’s most authentic folk musicians infusing Hawaiian stylings into his own original compositions to create a refreshing sub-genre he calls “paniolo folk music.” His music hints at honest beginnings in an off-the-grid family and years spent playing alongside the legendary Hawaiian artist Braddah Smitty. By blending the two genres, Dagan has created a style that pays tribute to the ranching history of Hawai'i while embracing mainstream folk sounds.

    You can find his music here: https://www.daganmusic.com


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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

laurenbroido ,

Queen of the Universe

Steve is a great interviewer. I love hearing the diverse talent on The Big Island. The interviews aer engrossing and give a rare look into the artists.

THCbuddy ,

Good yet lacking

This podcast is excellent for info on the music scene on Big Island… Unfortunately the host absolutely needs to go and bring in someone with energy and character… Listening to the host reminds me of listening to my phone talk to me…

erikkarma ,

Great show!

The best place to find out about everything happening in music on the Big Island of Hawaii and beyond. Steve Roby is a great host with a real passion for music, he has a great array of artists on the show from various genres, and his radio voice is easy to listen to. Highly recommend Songs and Stories!

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